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Phillies Open Four Game Set With Braves Behind Hernandez

By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- After sweeping a weekend series from Miami to get back to .500 (6-6), the Phillies welcome the Atlanta Braves to town for a four game set, starting Monday night.

Phillies completed that sweep of Miami with a 4-3 win on Sunday as Chase Utley continued his hot hitting. His solo home run in the bottom of the 8th snapped a 3-3 tie. Utley is hitting a lusty .500 this season (20-40) with 3 home runs and 10 runs batted in.

Roberto Hernandez will make his third start on the mound. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA in 10.1 IP. This will be just his second career start against Atlanta. The first came in 2007, a 5-2 win while he was with Cleveland. he went 7 innings that night, allowing just two runs.

The 8-4 Braves counter on the mound with right-hander Ervin Santana. He pitched 8 shutout innings in his season debut last week against the Mets.

The Phillies line-up for this series opener looks like this:

  1. Tony Gwynn Jr (CF)
  2. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
  3. Chase Utley (2B)
  4. Ryan Howard (1B)
  5. Marlon Byrd (RF)
  6. Domonic Brown (LF)
  7. Carlos Ruiz (C)
  8. Cody Asche (3B)
  9. Roberto Hernandez (P)


KYW's Matt Leon spoke with Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network to get a scout on this Atlanta squad.

Kevin McAlpin

You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattleonkyw.

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