Cole Hamels and the big Phillies try to continue their climb toward .500 in the second of three against the Rockies. Meanwhile in nearby Trenton, the Double-A Reading Phillies try to stave off elimination by sending southpaw Adam Morgan to the hill. Both games get underway at 7:05, with strong storms expected to pepper the Delaware Valley.
Friday night, around the time the parent club staged their comeback, Ethan Martin gave up a game-winning, seeing-eye single that put Trenton a win away from advancing to the Eastern League Championship Series. Otherwise, Martin, who came to the Phillies from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino deal and has been terrific, pitched an amazing game, striking out 11 while walking none. The same can be said of Phillippe Aumont, who pitched a key 8th inning to set up Nate Schierholtz's walk-off hit in Friday's 3-2 win.
Lineup: Rollins, SS, Schierholtz, RF, Utley, 2B, Howard, 1B, Mayberry, CF, Brown, LF, Kratz, C, Martinez, 3B, Hamels, P.
Injury updates: Phillies.com reports that Brian Schneider (strained left hamstring and injured right ankle) might not return to the Phillies before the end of the season, making it likely that both Schneider and Placido Polanco have played their last games as Phillies. In an unforgivable brain lapse, Beerleaguer forgot Schneider was on the DL in yesterday’s post. My sincerest apologies to Steven Lerud. In other news, the Phillies announced that an MRI revealed a stress fracture in Kevin Frandsen's left fibula. He’s not expected to play this series. Finally, Leslie Gudel of Comcast SportsNet reports the Phillies are planning to place Raul Valdes on DL retroactive to his last appearance with a meniscus issue that will require a Monday surgery.