Jonathan Pettibone aims to improve his record to 4-0 as the Phillies hope to rebound from a series-opening clunker to the Nationals in D.C.
Ben Revere had been riding somewhat of a hot streak entering Friday night's game. He had gone 7 for 18 over his previous four games, which included two doubles and three runs. In the month of May, he was hitting .370 overall and had grounded into just one double play.
Then last night against the Nationals, Revere put in a poor day in both the field and at the plate. His biggest faux pas came when he killed a potential Phillies' breakout in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Revere grounded into a twin killer for the seventh time this year, and the Phils finished the frame with only one run to show for four hits.
Saturday against Nationals starter Dan Haren, Revere will hit eighth. It'll be the ninth game this year Revere has hit from the No. 8 spot. He hit out of the second spot for the previous five contests.
On the mound, Jonathan Pettibone will make his seventh career start. The Phillies are 5-1 in games started by Pettibone; the Nats are 4-5 in Haren's games.
Pettibone has reached the six-inning mark in just three of those starts, but two have come in the last two games as Charlie Manuel begins to trust him more. His 1.31 WHIP is a little worrisome, but he has managed to keep runners from scoring and holds a 3.00 ERA.
Here are the lineups for Saturday:
1) Jimmy Rollins, SS
2) Freddy Galvis, 2B
3) Michael Young, 3B (.328 in 68 ABs vs. Haren)
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Delmon Young, RF
6) Domonic Brown, LF (.333, 4 XB hits last 6 games)
7) Erik Kratz, C
8) Ben Revere, CF
9) Jonathan Pettibone, P
1) Denard Span, CF
2) Bryce Harper, RF (One multi-hit game since April 28)
3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4) Adam LaRoche, 1B
5) Ian Desmond, SS
6) Kurt Suzuki, C
7) Tyler Moore, LF
8) Steve Lombardozzi, 2B (Raised average 22 points to .242 last night)
9) Dan Haren, P