Kyle Kendrick (5-2, 4.87) and Todd Wellemeyer (7-1, 2.93) clash in the first of three from Busch Stadium. First pitch is 8:15.
Best of the press notes: There's lots of good free information to copy and paste for your reading enjoyment tonight, courtesy of the Phillies. Brad Lidge is 18-for-18 in save opportunities this season, which sets a Phillies record for most consecutive saves to start a season since 1975, when the current save rule was instituted (three runs or less). The previous club record was 15 straight by Al Holland in 1984. After committing 35 errors in their first 41 games of the season (.978 fielding percentage), the Phillies have made just six in their last 27 games (.994 fielding percentage). Overall, the Phillies rank 8th in the NL in fielding percentage (.984). The Phillies are 9-1 in Kendrick's last 10 starts. He's holding opponents to a .235 (16-68) average with RISP this season, including .111 (2-18) in his last four starts. Pat Burrell, who's hitting .318 on this road trip, has reached base safely in 60 of his 66 games this season, including 30 straight.