It's another sweltering night for baseball as the Phillies host to Dontrelle Willis and the Marlins tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have won nine of their last 11 at home.
Preview: Between Barry Bonds and the rest of the top stories, we barely had time to discuss yesterday’s 11-1 rout, Jamie Moyer and some of the other pleasant developments. The nicest surprise has come from the supporting cast – guys like Jayson Werth, Chris Roberson, Tadahito Iguchi and others – who’ve done a nice job filling in and producing. Tonight against the left-hander Dontrelle Willis (7-11, 4.91 ERA), manager Charlie Manuel fearlessly gives the nod to Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Abraham Nunez in the 6-7-8. Keep your fingers crossed. Kyle Lohse (6-12, 4.61 ERA) will be making his second start for the Phils, though it feels like his debut. Lohse was knocked out of his first start after being hit on his forearm with a batted ball Thursday in Chicago.
The Phillies are a hot team at home; they’re 9-2 in their last 11 and have outscored opponents 34-8 while posting a 1.85 ERA (stat courtesy of AP). Last night, Ryan Howard went deep twice and Aaron Rowand homered for the 17th time this season, as the Phils pulled to within four games of the Mets in the NL East. It’s another scorcher. Expect CBP to play like a phone booth. Enjoy the ballgame. [Live Boxscore]