The Phillies are playing some of their best baseball of the season and look to keep it rolling when they close out their homestead in their series finale with the reeling Fish. First pitch is 1:05.
Beerleaguer: Shane Victorino is quietly having a career year and continues to make things happen during this homestead. The Flyin' Hawaiian's two-run, game-tying single in the ninth gave the capacity crowd reason to cheer last night in the Phillies' comeback 5-4 win. His numbers are off the charts during day games - at last check, he was third in the league in hitting during the day. He always seems to be in the middle of something, the way Jimmy Rollins earned that reputation early in his career. In fact, Victorino's season reminds me a little of Rollins' in 2007, not to say that he'll win the MVP, but in his day-to-day impact and consistency. One could argue that Victorino is the team MVP the way Carlos Ruiz might have been last season. (My vote actually goes for Cole Hamels). Really, the combination of Victorino out of the two-hole and Chase Utley's production from the three-hole has given the Phils a much-needed boost. Utley gets the afternoon off. Michael Martinez will start at second and bat eighth. Hot-handed lefty Cliff Lee opposed washed-up right-hander Javier Vazquez.