Jon Lieber goes for his first win, and Aaron Rowand looks to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, when the Phillies take on John Patterson and the Nationals tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.
Preview: Lieber (0-0, 3.38 ERA) made his first start of the season Friday against the Reds and pitched well, allowing just one hit and one walk over 5 2-3 frames with five strikeouts. Patterson (0-3, 7.00 ERA) has really battled after missing most of last season due to injury. Against the Phils last Thursday, Patterson allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings.
Best of the press notes: Over their last seven games, the Phillies’ pitching staff has posted a 2.70 ERA (20 ER, 66.2 IP) and have held opponents to a .218 batting average. Over that span, the starters have a 3.15 ERA (16 ER, 45.2 IP) and the relievers have a 1.71 ERA (4 ER, 21.0 IP) and a 6.0-inning scoreless streak.