Game Day Preview: Indians (26-44) at Phillies (37-32)

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Kevin McAlpin covers the Phillies for 97.5 The Fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter (@KevinMcAlpin).

Jimmy Rollins sure picked a great time for his first career walk-off home run last night.  His throwing error in the top of the 9th allowed the go-ahead run to score giving the Indians a one run lead.  After Brian Schneider walked to lead off the inning, Wilson Valdez was called upon to pinch run.  With one on and one out, Jimmy Rollins cranked a 1-1 pitch in to the seats in right to give the Phillies the 7-6 win.  After the game, Rollins wouldn't say whether he had tried to hit the walk-off.  However, if body language is any indication, I'd venture to guess just might have!  Phils starter Kyle Kendrick didn't have his best stuff, giving up four runs on two long home runs to Shin-soo Choo.  "My command wasn't good" said Kendrick.  "I left the ball up and it got hit hard. I just didn't do my job tonight."

This afternoon, the Phillies look to break out the brooms, and send the Indians to their fifth straight defeat.  A win would give the Phillies their first home sweep of the 2010 season.  Joe Blanton (2-5, 6.96) takes the mound, looking for his second straight win.  Friday, he didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, and was dealing ground ball after ground ball.  The Indians counter with Fausto Carmona (6-5, 3.31) who makes his first career start against the Phils.  Friday night, Carmona threw six shutout innings before allowing three seventh inning runs without getting an out, however he did earn his second straight win. 

What To Watch For:  How far can the starters go?  The Indians had to use six relievers and the Phillies five.  Also, with heat indexes expected to reach close to the century mark, how will the teams respond after a wild game last night? 

Injury Updates:  Chad Durbin has been placed on the 15 Day DL with a right hamstring injury.  Durbin suffered the injury in the top of the 9th last night trying to field a ground ball.  Nelson Figueroa has been re-called from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Durbin's spot.  Ryan Madson threw a bullpen session, and will begin his official rehab assignment at Single-A Clearwater on Sunday.

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  1. Rollin’s walk off homerun was just the boost that the Phils needed for their sagging spirits and the fans were elated just as much if not more then the players. I wasn’t there at the park but the positive feel of the game was tangible through the cable wires. I just knew that they would win that game. They just kept coming back. That’s what counts. Werth looked pretty darn good last night as well and that was good. Go Phils!

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