Phillies look to stay hot in St. Louis behind Arrieta

Matt Leon
May 18, 2018 - 4:36 pm
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) leaves the game during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Phillies have won three straight and seven of their last eight and tonight they will look to stay hot as they continue their series with the Cardinals in St. Louis.

The Phils opened this four-game set last night with a 6-2 victory as Vince Velasquez (4-4) won his third straight start, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon both went deep in the victory while Odubel Herrera had two hits and a walk and he has now reached base in 43 consecutive games.

That victory improved the Phillies to 25-16 this season. They are second in the National League East and just a half-game behind the first place Atlanta Braves.

Jake Arrieta will make the start on the mound tonight for the Phillies. The veteran right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA. He has allowed just one run in 13 1/3 innings over his last two starts but has had to settle for two no-decisions as a couple of blown saves by Hector Neris cost him victories.

In his career against St. Louis, Arrieta is 8-4 in 17 starts with a fine 2.27 ERA.

Right-hander Michael Wacha (4-1, 3.09 ERA) will start on the mound for the Cardinals.

St. Louis is 23-18 this season and sitting in third place in the National League Central.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with Stephen Gross of the Allentown Morning Call about the Phillies and their strong recent play.

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