Series: Game 2 of 1

Florida won 1-0

Game 1: Friday, August 26
Game 2: Saturday, August 27
Game 2: Saturday, August 27



1:05 PM ET, August 27, 2011

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Starting Pitchers

Florida: Sanchez (8-9, 3.67 ERA)

Philadelphia: Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA)

Marlins-Phillies Preview


The Philadelphia Phillies have lost consecutive games for the first time in a month, but they haven't dropped three in a row since early June.

Even without looking his best lately, Roy Halladay seems like a good candidate to keep that from happening.

Halladay tries to get the Phillies back on track Saturday afternoon against the visiting Florida Marlins as the teams wrap up an abbreviated two-game series before getting out of the way of Hurricane Irene.

Philadelphia (83-46) had a pair of four-game losing streaks in its first 59 games of 2011, with the latter being snapped June 5.

The Phillies had only dropped back-to-back games once since then heading into Friday's opener with Florida (59-72), but they couldn't bounce back from Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Mets. Former Phillie Greg Dobbs had four hits and catcher John Buck hit a sixth-inning grand slam off Roy Oswalt to make the difference in Florida's 6-5 victory.

"I can't explain it," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said of his team, which came in averaging 3.1 runs while dropping 17 of its last 20. "The way we've been hitting we had a hell of a night because we haven't been hitting that well."

This three-game set was supposed to conclude with a day-night doubleheader Saturday, but with Irene expected to hit Philadelphia by late afternoon, the clubs opted Friday to postpone the nightcap to Sept. 15.

That means the Phillies will play 32 games in 31 days starting Monday, while Florida will play 24 times in a 24-day span.

"I am not in favor of hurricanes. They are not my favorite," McKeon said.

McKeon can't be a big fan of having his team face Halladay (15-5, 2.56 ERA), either, though he wasn't around for Halladay's perfect game May 29, 2010, in South Florida.

Halladay is 2-2 with a 2.50 ERA in five starts against the Marlins since then.

Like his team, the right-hander hasn't won his last two times out. Halladay blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to Arizona on Aug. 16, then had Sunday's start at Washington cut short by a rain delay after allowing two runs and seven hits over five innings.

"It's definitely frustrating. It's not much of a game plan because you can't really map it out," Halladay said of dealing with Mother Nature. "As a starter to be stuck going five innings, it's never fun."

The Phillies have won 12 of Halladay's 14 home starts, and he's posted a 1.80 ERA in his last five outings there. He hasn't allowed a homer over 40 innings in that most recent stretch -- bad news for Marlins slugger Mike Stanton, who's 1 for 12 with five strikeouts versus Halladay.

Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01) had been 0-5 with a 5.31 ERA in his last 11 starts before throwing eight strong innings in a 6-5 win over Colorado on Aug. 16, but his inconsistency returned Sunday. The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits over five innings before leaving without a decision in a 4-3 loss at San Diego.

Stanton hit his 30th homer in that game, which later led McKeon to direct a shot at his pitching staff -- the second time in Sanchez's last three starts he's done that without referring to him by name.

"(Stanton) would sure as hell hit against our staff, because they get behind and lay it in there," McKeon said. "Ridiculous. I'm embarrassed and they should be, too."

Sanchez is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA in his last five starts against the Phillies. Chase Utley is 15 for 31 versus Sanchez, while Placido Polanco is 7 for 15 with two homers.

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Gameday Matchup

Current StreakL1W4
Last 103-74-6

Pitching Matchup

A. Sanchez
8-9, 3.67 ERA

Last Game:
9/26 at FLA
5.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = ND
R. Halladay
19-6, 2.35 ERA

Last Game:
9/25 at NYM
6.0 IP, 0 ER
Dec = Win

Gameday Lineups

1. E. Bonifacio, SS S. Victorino, CF
2. O. Infante, 2B P. Polanco, 3B
3. L. Morrison, LF C. Utley, 2B
4. G. Stanton, RF R. Howard, 1B
5. G. Dobbs, 3B H. Pence, RF
6. J. Lopez, 1B J. Mayberry Jr., LF
7. B. Petersen, CF C. Ruiz, C
8. J. Buck, C W. Valdez, SS
9. A. Sanchez, P R. Halladay, P

Research Notes

Placido Polanco is 7 for 15 (.467) with two home runs in his career against Anibal Sanchez.

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