The Phillies have dominated the Nationals this series. They hand the ball to Randy Wolf tonight to complete the sweep in Washington, and pull into a tie for the NL Wild Card. Update: Ryan Howard has hit his 49th home run of the season to set the all-time Phillies mark.
Game Preview: In Beerleaguer world, pitcher Randy Wolf would bat ahead of Abraham Nunez, who's had trouble getting the ball past the pitcher for most of the 2006 season. Wolf is hitting .273 since his return, and Abe is down below the Mendoza line again. Oh well. Tonight’s lineups have been posted, and Wolf has been inserted into the traditional nine-hole.
Wolf (3-0, 5.58 ERA) won his third straight start Friday, but he really hasn’t offered much to write home about since his return from Tommy John surgery. According to the AP, Wolf has allowed 11 runs in 17 innings during his winning streak, but has received an average of 9.98 runs of support in his six starts.
Wolf will duke it out with Pedro Astacio (3-4, 6.10 ERA), who absolutely stinks. The right-hander lost his second straight start Saturday, allowing six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings in a 10-1 loss to Atlanta. Before that, he lasted just two innings against the Phils on Aug. 20.
Time for a clean sweep. A victory tonight means the Phils pull into a tie for the lead in the NL Wild Card race. San Diego is idle tonight.