Game 20: Keep the Bats Rollin’

The Phillies (9-10) would love nothing more than to develop a consistency at the plate.

After an incredibly slow start offensively to the season the Phillies have found themselves scoring 20 runs in the last 19 innings they played. A lot of that can be attributed to Juan Pierre and his .339 batting average from the lead off spot.

Ty Wigginton and Laynce Nix are also having solid starts, splitting time at first base. Nix is hitting .348 (8-for-23) and has an OBP of .400 while Wigginton is hitting .304 (14-for-46). Both have homered and driven in six runs.

The Phillies finished their latest road trip with a series win in Arizona, going 5-5 for the 10-game west coast run. Fans back home will rejoice at being able to watch baseball at 7:05 once again starting with the four-game weekend home stand against the Cubs (6-13).

Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36) will be on the mound tonight for Chicago. In seven career games against the Phillies, Maholm is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA, all as a member of the Pirates. He’s struggled in two starts at Citizens Bank Park, allowing six runs in 11 innings.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) will make his fifth start of the season. He has only one win in five starts against the Cubs in his career, posting a 3.72 ERA in 29 innings (averaging less than six innings a start).

Tonight’s line up vs CHC (Maholm):
Pierre 7
Polanco 5
Rollins 6
Pence 9
Victorino 8
Wigginton 3
Ruiz 2
Galvis 4
Halladay 1

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