Ryan Howard and the Phillies try to ramp up the offense once again as the hometown nine pays tribute to No. 42.
Preview: Tonight’s game is a makeup from last Sunday, April 15. Both teams will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier by wearing No. 42 ... The Astros hand the ball to Chris Sampson (1-0, 1.20 ERA), entering tonight’s game having lost their last two. Adam Eaton (1-1, 6.62 ERA) takes the mound for the Phils, winners of two straight. Eaton allowed four runs in six innings in the Phils’ 5-4 loss to Washington on Wednesday. The Astros have won 10 of their last 12 at Philadelphia.
Yesterday: The Phillies scored a season-high nine runs in their 9-3 win over the Reds, their first series win of the season. Starter Freddy Garcia earned his first win as a Phillie. Offensively, Chase Utley continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, an RBI and 3 runs scored and Ryan Howard hit a 2-run homer in the 9th, his second of the season. Shane Victorino cut down a Reds run at the plate in the 6th inning with his first assist of the season. The Phillies are tied for the National League lead in outfield assists with seven.
Roster moves: Catcher Ryan Budde, who had been acquired by the Phillies in December’s Rule 5 Draft, was returned to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim today. Budde began the season on the disabled list and would have needed to be included on the Phillies 25-man roster or else offered back to his original team. Budde’s departure means all three players taken by the Phils in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft are gone.