It's fair to conclude things didn't go quite as planed on Friday night for the Phillies (59-51). Despite facing a Royals (36-75) ballclub with the second-worst record in the Majors, Philadelphia somehow lost 7-5. Yes Kansas City came in with a Major-League leading active winning streak of six games -- obviously now seven -- but you need to be doing better at this stage of the season. And better is what will be needed on Saturday evening, with no excuses.
Probable starting pitchers
Cristopher Sánchez (0-3) continues to be a pleasant surprise, since entering the Phillies rotation in mid-June as a regular starter. His 2.66 ERA and 0.908 are both lowest among all Philadelphia starters, albeit in just nine outings. Sánchez's last time out was an interesting appearance versus the Pirates, as he allowed no hits or runs, but did walk two and hit three batters. He was pulled after 5.0 innings due to a stomach illness, but is ready to go on Saturday evening.
The Royals will counter with Alec Marsh (0-5), whose had his challenges since being called up at the end of June for his Major League debut. The talent's there, as evidenced by allowing just five hits and two runs in 6.0 innings in a start versus the Rays, striking out 11 in the process. Overall though, he has a 6.75 ERA and 1.625 WHIP in six outings (including five starts). He last just 2.2 innings in his last start against the Guardians, allowing five hits, four walks and four earned runs.
Philadelphia Phillies starting lineup, August 5
- 1. LF Kyle Schwarber
- 2. 3B Alec Bohm
- 3. DH Bryce Harper
- 4. RF Nick Castellanos
- 5. 2B Bryson Stott
- 6. C J.T. Realmuto
- 7. CF Brandon Marsh
- 8. SS Trea Tuner
- 9. 1B Jake Cave
Kansas City Royals starting lineup, August 5
- 1. 3B Maikel Garcia
- 2. SS Bobby Witt Jr.
- 3. 2B Matt Duffy
- 4. 1B Salvador Perez
- 5. C Freddy Fermin
- 6. DH Edward Olivares
- 7. LF Samad Taylor
- 8. CF Drew Waters
- 9. RF Dairon Blanco
What channel is the Philadelphia Phillies game on tonight?
- Game time - 6:05 pm ET
- The Phillies broadcast will be televised on NBCSP.
- The Royals broadcast will be televised on BSKC.
How do I stream the Philadelphia Phillies game tonight?
How can I listen to the Philadelphia Phillies game tonight?
- The Phillies broadcast will be on 94 WIP and WTTM 1680.
- Royals fans can tune into the game on 610 KCSP.