Jeff Francoeur's clutch throw from right field to complete a double play helped Jonathan Papelbon seal the Phillies all-time save record and snap a four-game losing streak.
On Thursday afternoon, the Phillies (12-23) return to the field for the final game of a four-game series against the Pirates (17-17) with former Phillie Vance Worley on the mound.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Pittsburgh Pirates (17-17)
Philadelphia Phillies (12-23)
(2-2, 4.63 ERA)
(3-3, 2.38 ERA)
Aaron Harang has easily been the Phillies most serviceable starter this season, posting a strong 2.38 ERA in seven starts. Harang suffered the loss in his last start despite allowing three runs – two earned – on eight hits in seven innings. In 28 career starts against the Pirates, Harang is 16-8 with a 4.04 ERA.
Worley battled through his last start, taking a no-decision after allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings against the Cardinals. The former Phillies pitcher is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in his only career start against his former team.
Jung Ho Kang
The Phillies make some minor adjustments to the lineup as Grady Sizemore gets a start in right field and Cameron Rupp comes in to catch for Harang.
Noticeably absent from the Pirates lineup is Andrew McCutchen, who gets the day off. Starling Marte hits out of the cleanup spot between fixtures Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez.
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.Weather: 69 degrees, sunny, 0% PoPLocation: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PATV: CSN, MLB NetworkRadio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP, SBP 1480 (Spanish)
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