The Phillies return to the East Coast for the first of four games with the Washington Nationals. The Phils are looking for their fifth-straight win following 5-2 West Coast swing.
Ryan Madson and Sal Fasano were the heroes of last night’s victory, which completed a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies are riding their second-longest road win streak of the season.
Eude Brito (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will start tonight’s opener, his second start since replacing the injured Jon Lieber. Impressive young left-hander Michael O'Connor (2-3, 3.25) goes for the Nats.
Pat Burrell returns to the lineup after sitting out yesterday. Fasano will catch his third straight game in place of Mike Lieberthal, day-to-day with a hip injury.
The Phillies are 3.5 games back of first, while the Nationals are hanging 9 back.