Phillies look to stay hot as they battle Cardinals again

Matt Leon
June 19, 2018 - 4:24 pm
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez (28) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies continue their series with the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils have won three straight and six of their last eight games. 

On Monday, they opened this series with a 6-5, 10-inning victory. The Phils led 4-0 early and led 4-2 heading into the ninth, but the bullpen gave up two runs, allowing the Redbirds to tie the game. 

Tommy Pham's solo home run in the top of the 10th actually gave St. Louis a 5-4 lead. But in the bottom of the inning, Aaron Altherr hit a two-out, two-run, walk-off double to give the Phils the win.

Lost in the late dramatics Monday night was a brilliant starting pitching performance from Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta. He allowed two runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out 13 batters while walking just one, but had to settle for a no-decision.

Right-hander Vince Velasquez will be on the mound for the Phils Tuesday. He is 5-7 with a 4.74 ERA. Two starts ago in a loss against Milwaukee, Velasquez allowed 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings. Then in his last start, a win over Colorado, Velasquez actually had a no-hitter for 6 2/3 innings. 

The Cardinals will counter with right-hander Luke Weaver. He is 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA. The Phillies lineup against Weaver looks like this:

The Phillies are 38-32 this season, and they come into Tuesday game tied with Washington for second place in the National League East.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with Phillies analyst John Kruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia to talk about Monday's wild win, unlocking consistency for Velasquez and the fact that they will broadcast Tuesday's game from the stands at Citizens Bank Park.

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