Phillies turn to Pivetta in opener in San Francisco

Nick Pivetta is 4-3 this season with a 3.26 ERA.

Matt Leon
June 01, 2018 - 3:56 pm
Nick Pivetta

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Phillies continue their road trip Friday night as they open a weekend series against the Giants out in San Francisco.

The Phils are 2-2 so far on this ten-game trip. They split those four games in Los Angeles, capping that series with a 2-1 win Thursday night. Aaron Nola improved to 7-2 on the season with seven brilliant innings of work. He allowed just one run on two hits, he struck out seven hitters, while walking just one.

It will be right-hander Nick Pivetta getting the start on the mound in the opener against the Giants. He is 4-3 this season with a 3.26 ERA. He took a loss in his last start against Toronto but pitched well, allowing just two runs in five innings.

The Giants will counter with right-hander Chris Stratton. He is 6-3 with an ERA of 4.97.

These two pitchers matched up in the first series between these two teams last month at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won that game on May 9, 11-3, as Pivetta pitched five shutout innings to earn the victory. Stratton suffered the loss after allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Phillies ended up sweeping that four-game series.

For the season the Phillies are 31-23 and in third place in National League East. The Giants come in 26-30 and they are tied for third in the National League West.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia about the Phils' split in LA and Pivetta's emergence in the rotation.

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