A light drizzle continues to fall around the Delaware Valley, but the game-time forecast calls for a mixture of sun and clouds this afternoon when the Phillies finish their series with San Francisco.
Preview: Besides Aaron Rowand and Rod Barajas, the Phils have only a handful of at bats against Zito (5-5, 4.21 ERA). The veteran left-hander and recipient of a seven-year, $126 million contract is coming off two great outings against Houston and New York, allowing just one run over 14 innings. He’ll face a Phillies team that has struggled against left-handed pitching, hitting just .235. ... This is an important game for Jon Lieber (2-3, 3.86 ERA) to get back on track. Lieber was rocked for a career-high 13 hits Tuesday against Arizona and had a lackluster start his previous outing in Florida.
A win today and the Phillies finish their homestand a manageable 3-4 before heading to New York for a big series with the Mets.
Lineups are set: Jayson Werth starts in left field, replacing Pat Burrell, who’s struggling in all facets of the game. Wes Helms gets his first start at third base in quite a while. Rod Barajas does the catching. For the Giants, Barry Bonds returns to the lineup seeking his first home run since May 27. [Live Boxscore]