Phillies need to throw the knockout punch
John Kruk is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight".
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|Curtis Granderson, NYY||20||TB||Bot 3: 2-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Garza|
|Geoff Blum, HOU||2||WAS||Top 5: 2-2, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Hernandez|
|Brad Davis, FLA||3||STL||Bot 2: 2-0, 1 Out. Grand Slam.||Carpenter|
|Drew Stubbs, CIN||20||MIL||Top 2: 1-1, 1 Out. 1 on.||Capuano|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, KC||16||DET||Top 5: 1-1, 0 Outs. 2 on.||Porcello|
Tuesday's Best Matchups
Braves at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
It didn't go well for the Braves in the series opener against Cole Hamels. Who's up next? Well, that would be Roy Halladay, who comes in search of his 20th win of the year. And it hasn't gone well so far this season for Atlanta when facing Halladay. He's 2-0 with an 0.50 ERA, giving up only a solo homer in 18 innings.
Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
The Rays try to get back the game they lost by dropping Monday's opener. James Shields pitched well in his most recent outing, which happened to be against the Yankees. Shields struck out eight and allowed a lone run in 6 1/3 innings. He walked away with a no-decision, but the Rays went on to win 4-3.
Giants at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET
The Giants have a half-game lead in the NL West. And while facing the Cubs doesn't seem all that daunting given that Chicago stands 13 games under .500, going against Carlos Zambrano these days isn't an easy task. He is 6-0 over his past seven starts and hasn't allowed more than two runs in an outing since a relief appearance on June 25.
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'Z' does it all
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MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTCurtis Granderson, CF, Yankees
The Yankees built their lead in the AL East to 1½ games, and Granderson was the one who gave the biggest push in the 8-6 win against the second-place Rays. He homered twice, walked twice, drove home five runs and stole a base.
WORSTJeanmar Gomez, RHP, Indians
The Twins inched closer to officially wrapping up the AL Central. The Indians weren't much of a barrier in a 9-3 loss. Gomez was pounded in a second consecutive start. After giving up seven hits and six runs in three innings against the Angels, he was torched by the Twins, who knocked out 10 hits and eight runs in 5 2/3 innings.