Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 7/25)

Game 1: Friday, July 25
Game 2: Saturday, July 26
in 10
Game 3: Sunday, July 27

Diamondbacks 5

(44-59, 23-26 away)

Phillies 9

(45-58, 21-32 home)

    Coverage:  CSN

    7:05 PM ET, July 25, 2014

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    ARI 000004001 5 11 2
    PHI 21201021 - 9 12 0

    W: K. Kendrick (5-10)

    L: W. Miley (6-7)

    Diamondbacks-Phillies Preview


    Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt is one of baseball's best hitters, but he's hardly looked like an MVP candidate against the Philadelphia Phillies.

    The All-Star first baseman may be in good position to break out of that funk considering the way Kyle Kendrick is pitching.

    The Diamondbacks look for a rare win in Philadelphia when they face the struggling Kendrick, whose days in the starting rotation appear numbered.

    Goldschmidt, the NL leader with 38 doubles and last year's MVP runner-up, is batting .375 with a 1.177 OPS in 18 games this month. In 18 career games against the Phillies, however, he has five extra-base hits while hitting .172 -- easily his worst against any NL team.

    He has a strikeout and sacrifice fly in two appearances against Kendrick (4-10, 4.87 ERA), but may fare better this time around.

    Kendrick has a 9.92 ERA in his last three starts and is 1-4 with a 6.99 ERA in his past six. After he was knocked around for six runs in five innings in Sunday's 8-2 loss to Atlanta, manager Ryne Sandberg said he wasn't sure how much longer he would keep Kendrick in the rotation.

    "It's been a tough year for me," the right-hander said. "I don't know why. It's just been a bad year. Guys have bad years. So far, that's how it's been. Just keep pitching."

    It may not get a lot better with a start against the Diamondbacks -- the only NL team he has not beaten. Kendrick is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in seven starts in the series.

    While Sandberg doesn't have a lot of faith in Kendrick, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson has nothing but praise for Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16).

    Miley has a 1.74 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 20 2/3 innings in winning his last three starts, and he's 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies (44-58).

    "He's just throwing the ball really well. It's coming out of his hand good," Gibson told MLB's official website after Miley allowed three runs in seven innings in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Cubs. "The other thing, I think, in his head, he's managing things a little better, as well. Really efficient with what's going on out there."

    The left-hander has gone eight straight starts without a loss -- Arizona is 6-2 in those games -- and has pitched much better on the road, compiling a 2.85 ERA compared to 5.45 in Arizona.

    However, the Diamondbacks have lost seven of 10 on the road and are 3-13 in their last 16 in Philadelphia. They also dropped two of three to the Phillies at home in April.

    Arizona (44-58) opens a six-game trip after dropping two of three to Detroit with an 11-5 loss Wednesday.

    Martin Prado had two hits and an RBI and is batting .391 in 23 at-bats against Kendrick. Miguel Montero is 6 for 12 in their matchups.

    Kendrick isn't the only Phillie whose playing time may be cut. Sandberg said before Thursday's 2-1 victory over San Francisco that he's considering platooning Ryan Howard at first base with Darin Ruf.

    "I wanted to see (Ruf) play for a couple of games, get him some at-bats and basically go from there," Sandberg said. "We'll continue to watch."

    In facing a lefty, it's possible Ruf, who hit 14 homers in 73 games a year ago but is 2 for 17 this season, will start a third straight game in place of Howard.

    The Phillies avoided a four-game sweep Thursday with their second win in nine games. They're 2-9 in their last 11 in Philadelphia.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L2
    Last 102-83-7

    Pitching Matchup

    W. Miley
    8-12, 4.34 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at ARI
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    K. Kendrick
    10-13, 4.61 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at MIA
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    1. D. Peralta, CF G. Sizemore, CF
    2. A. Hill, 2B J. Rollins, SS
    3. P. Goldschmidt, 1B C. Utley, 2B
    4. M. Montero, C M. Byrd, RF
    5. M. Trumbo, LF C. Ruiz, C
    6. M. Prado, 3B D. Brown, LF
    7. G. Parra, RF D. Ruf, 1B
    8. N. Ahmed, SS C. Asche, 3B
    9. W. Miley, P K. Kendrick, P