The Phillies rallied from down five runs on Friday to claim the opener of a three-game set in Colorado. The Phils scored eight runs and had 13 hits, giving them 29 and a .354 batting average in their last two games.
The bullpen worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings last night so Jon Pettibone (3-2, 3.70) will be asked to go deep. Pitching six innings this afternoon is a must; Pettibone's does it five times in 10 starts.
He'll do his best to avoid Carlos Gonzalez, who went 4-for-4 with a homer, a steal and a walk on Friday. Gonzalez, in 25 games against the Phillies including the 2009 NLDS, has hit .421 with 14 extra-base hits and a 1.111 OPS. Kyle Kendrick threw him a first-pitch fastball low and in he middle of the plate last night and CarGo took it out quickly to center. That is his power alley ... Kendrick missed his spot badly.
Colorado's lineup figures to be tougher on Saturday. Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler will likely be back.
With Cole Hamels on the mound tomorrow, today's game is very important. If the Phils can win Saturday they will have a great chance at a sweep that would not only end their road trip 5-5 but also get them back to .500 with the Nationals and Mets on tap.
Kevin Frandsen started Friday and went 2-for-4, so while his contributions have been key to the Phillies' bench, they didn't count as such in the opener. Phillies pinch-hitters did go 3-for-3 with the game-winning RBI, however, and now lead the majors in pinch-hitting (.302 BA, 29 pinch-hits).
Frandsen, meanwhile, is up to .327/.387/.457 in 93 games with the Phillies. Every time he gets a chance to play, he hits.
Galvis' power display
Freddy Galvis' pair of two-run triples Friday gave him four on the season. He has four doubles, four triples, four homers and a slugging percentage seven points higher than Jimmy Rollins.