Philadelphia (27-24) at Atlanta (26-26)

Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 54° F
  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Thu Jun 3, 2004
  • TV: CSN, TBS
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The Philadelphia Phillies look to end their hitting woes as they open a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves.

Philadelphia heads to Atlanta after getting swept in a three-game by the New York Mets. The Phillies dropped Wednesday’s game 5-3 in 10 innings.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins homered, doubled, singled and drew a pair of walks, reaching base in all five plate appearances, while Bobby Abreu added a two-run double. Still, the Phillies have struggled to score runs.

“Starting in New York (last week), we haven’t been consistent at all,” Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said.

Since a nine-game stretch from May 13-21, during which the Phillies hit .302 with 16 home runs and compiled a 7-2 record, the team is batting .230 with eight homers. They are 4-7 in their last 11 games.

Philadelphia has struggled to get key hits in the clutch, going 5-for-51 with runners in scoring position over the last 11 games.

Atlanta was unable to complete a three-game sweep of Montreal on Wednesday night, losing 8-4. The Braves were looking to match their season high of three straight wins.

The matchups between Philadelphia and Atlanta have been highly competitive since the beginning of the 2002 season, with the Braves holding a 22-19 edge during that span. The clubs split a four-game series in Philadelphia last weekend.

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5-2 Record 14-8
5.09 ERA 3.72
36 K 133
28 BB 52
1.59 WHIP 1.32