Philadelphia Phillies (34-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (40-35), 2:15 p.m. (ET)
06/21/2014 10:40 AM
06/22/2014 10:34 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - A week removed from becoming the Philadelphia Phillies' all-time leader in hits, Jimmy Rollins is on the verge of adding another highlight to his resume.
Rollins will try to extend an interesting 15-game hitting streak on Sunday afternoon when the Phils go for a series victory in the finale of a four-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rollins passed Mike Schmidt last Saturday for first place on the franchise's all-time hits list, a performance that is part of his current hitting streak. However, what makes his current run of note is the fact that Rollins has only notched a single hit in each game over his current streak.
The shortstop's string of 15 straight one-hit games is the longest of its kind in Phillies history dating back to 1900 according to the Elias Sports Bureau, which also points out that Rollins is one game shy of matching the longest hitting streak ever of one-hit games dating back to 1900.
That record is currently held by former Cardinal Ted Sizemore, who had 16 straight one-hit games in 1975. He actually posted a hitting streak of 17 games in a row, but had two hits in the 17th game.
Rollins' current streak helped the Phillies carry a season-high five-game winning run into Saturday's contest, but that tear was snapped with a 4-1 setback.
Adam Wainwright, who had his last start skipped due to tendinitis in his right elbow, hurled eight innings of one-run ball, striking out seven to snap St. Louis' three-game slide.
"I take pride in ending streaks like that," Wainwright said of ending the losing skid. "I'm not going any harder than I would have normally gone if we won 10 in a row. That's how hard I go every time."
St. Louis went ahead with a three-run eighth inning that featured runs batted in by Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams.
Cole Hamels, meanwhile, took the tough-luck loss and had his scoreless innings streak snapped in the setback. He surrendered three runs -- two earned -- and struck out eight over 7 1/3 innings, but issued a season high-tying five walks.
Hamels, who had a career-best streak of 25 scoreless innings back in 2010, hadn't allowed a run over his last 23 2/3 frames entering the contest.
"Tomorrow we'll bounce back," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "We have a chance to have a very good road trip and win a series. That's big tomorrow."
Philadelphia will try to rebound for the series win behind Kyle Kendrick, who has won back-to-back starts to improve to 3-6 on the year with a 3.97 earned run average.
The right-hander has given up three earned runs, 13 hits and fanned 11 over a total of 13 innings to best San Diego and Atlanta. Tuesday's two-run outing versus the Braves also marked the second time in three starts Kendrick went seven innings.
Kendrick, 29, is 5-2 with a 2.90 earned run average in his career versus the Cardinals.
Carlos Martinez will make a second straight spot start for the Cardinals, this time to give the young Michael Wacha some rest. Martinez filled in for Wainwright last Monday versus the New York Mets and went four innings.
"There have definitely been times over the last couple starts where I was maybe getting a little bit tired," said Wacha on St. Louis' website. "Obviously, I want to be out there every fifth day. But we have Carlos in a situation where he's able to fill in; he's already stretched out a little bit. I guess it's that time to do it."
The 22-year-old Martinez will be making his third career start and 32nd appearance of the season. The righty also faces the Phillies for the second time.
The Phillies were swept in three games last season in their lone trip to St. Louis, outscored 18-5.
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