Clinging to a half-game lead over the idle Fish, the Phillies send J.A. Happ (5-0, 3.00) to the mound hoping to stop Cooperstown-bound Martin Prado and the Braves tonight at Turner Field. First pitch is 7:10.
Preview: There’s no rest of the weary until the All-Star break, so the Phillies need to dig deep these next few days to keep pace with the Marlins, Mets and Braves, who have pulled to just three games behind the Phils after taking the first two games of this series. Happ has been one of the few bright spots for the Phillies lately, pitching a complete-game shutout his last start. Meanwhile, Jimmy Rollins extended the worst slump of his career last night and is now 0-for-his-last-27. He’ll have no easy task tonight against Javier Vazquez (5-7, 3.04), second in the league in strikeouts with 125. Lineups go like this: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Werth, Dobbs in left field, Feliz and Ruiz. As of this writing, the Mets and Pirates are headed to extras thanks to a Frenchy LaRoche two-run croissant.