The Phillies hit Matt Garza when it mattered most - in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. But in regular-season play, the Phils have had no answers for the talented right-hander.
Garza (2-1, 2.56 this season) owns a 2-1 record with a 0.96 ERA in four career regular-season starts against the Phillies. Just to point out a few names, Jimmy Rollins (2-for-14), Placido Polanco (2-for-14) and Shane Victorino (1-for-11) have struggled against him in the past.
The Phillies, winners of three straight games for the first time this season, will turn to Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) in place of the injured Vance Worley. Kendrick faced Garza back on April 29, when the Cubs notched a 5-1 win in South Philly. That was part of a four-game series in which each team won twice.
Minor-league trade: The Phillies swapped minor-league outfielders with the Rays on Wednesday. Coming to the organization is Kyle Hudson, who saw minimal action in 14 games with the Orioles last season. This year, Hudson, 25, was hitting .291 with a .378 OBP for Tampa's Triple-A affiliate. According to the latest Baseball America Prospect Handbook, the left-handed hitting Hudson is "a premium athlete" with "blazing speed," though he is "still refining his baseball skills, in particular his swing and his instincts on the basepaths and in the outfield." To get Hudson, the Phillies traded away Rich Thompson, 33, who was hitting .307 with a .390 OBP at Lehigh Valley. He has already been called up to the Rays.