Phillies v. Astros
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 5-5
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 35-18 when getting on the board first but just 15-45 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 2-51 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 39-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 29-25 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 34-16 when out-hitting opponents but 10-41 when getting outhit.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 431-313.
- Ryan Howard belted his 17th home run of the season in the second inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
- Howard came through in the clutch in the bottom of the 15th inning driving in Grady Sizemore with the game-winning single.
- Howard was 2-for-6 with a run scored and two RBIs.
- Sizemore, who came into the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
- Ben Revere and Cody Asche both had a two-hit games going 2-for-6.
- Chase Utley was the only other Phillie to get a hit going 1-for-4 with three walks.
- Antonio Bastardo struck out six batters in two innings of work out of the bullpen.
- As a whole, the Phillies bullpen struck out 14 batters over eight innings of work.
Place: 4th in AL West
Last 10: 5-5
- Houston is 277-290 all-time against the Phillies but 16-13 at Citizens Bank Park.
- The Astros were 0-2 in their last series at Citizens Bank Park in 2012 and have lost six straight overall in Philadelphia dating back to April 1st, 2011.
- Houston has gone 5-3 over their last eight games.
- The Astros led the American League with 32 home runs in the month of July and have hit home runs in eight of their last 10 games with 15 homers in that period.
- Former-Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton drove in the only Astros run last night with an RBI single in the seventh inning.
- Chris Carter didn't record a hit going 0-for-5 but worked a walk and scored on Singleton's single.
- Jose Altuve, Matt Dominguez and Jason Castro both went 1-for-6 on the day.
- Marwin Gonzalez and Robbie Grossman both went 1-for-5.
- No Astro had more than one hit on the night.
3-7, 4.93 ERA, 1.59 WHIP
Peacock, 26, allowed seven runs on seven hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 3.2 innings in his last start on July 23rd on against the A's. In one career start against the Phillies, Peacock threw 5.2 shutout innings allowing one hit and two walks with two strikeouts earning the victory. That start came at Citizens Bank Park.
5-5, 4.40 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
Buchanan, 25, allowed one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in seven innings of work getting the win in his last start on July 10th against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has earned the decision in all 10 of his Major League starts this season. Buchanan has never faced the Astros.