Roberto Hernandez and Jordan Lyles are hoping for a little luck at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night. Both right-handers, who are set to square off in the Rockies-Phillies series finale, pitched well enough in their latest starts to garner victories but did not receive much run support -- or wins.
Lyles went six innings vs. the Braves on Friday, walking one and allowing two earned runs for his seventh quality start of 2014. His six strikeouts were the second most he had recorded this season, but Lyles did not register that as a positive in a no-decision.
"Overall, still too many balls, really, just too many high counts," Lyles said afterward. "It's not what I like to do. I want to get guys to put it in play. I had more strikeouts than I usually have, and that's not a key for success for myself."
Hernandez, meanwhile, limited the potent Dodgers offense to two runs on seven hits on Friday, but he was saddled with a loss as Kershaw helped keep the Phillies scoreless. Hernandez has posted a 2-2 record and 3.83 ERA in 11 appearances this season.
The heart of Colorado's lineup has fared well against Hernandez over the past five seasons. Carlos Gonzalez is a perfect 3-for-3, Troy Tulowitzki is 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Justin Morneau has done especially well. The Rockies first baseman is hitting .357 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 14 at-bats against Hernandez.
Phillies: Howard, Brown expected back against right-hander
Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown were held out of the lineup against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa on Tuesday night, but both are expected back against the right-handed Lyles.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is looking to spark his struggling offense, and he is open to platooning if it yields results.
"If it happens to work and if it produces, that becomes an opportunity and a possibility going forward," Sandberg said. "Just to possibly get some consistency with the offense against right-handed and left-handed pitching."
Rockies: Weiss adjusts lineup
With the Rockies struggling to get the clutch hit, manager Walt Weiss shook up on the lineup Tuesday night, dropping Michael Cuddyer from second to fifth in the order. Cuddyer is 6-for-19 (.316) on Colorado's current road stretch. DJ LeMahieu replaced Cuddyer in the two-spot.
"A lot of it depends on who's in the lineup and how it all works together," Weiss said. "I felt dropping 'Cuddy' into the middle of the order will hopefully get him some RBI situations. He's swinging the bat well, so we try to set the table up top."
• Since the start of the 2008 season, the Phillies are 32-11 (.744) in 43 regular season games against the Rockies, which is their best winning percentage against any team over that span.
The Rockies turned their 57th double play in Tuesday night's win over the Phillies. That total is the highest in the Majors.
Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario's home run Tuesday night was his sixth in Philadelphia, his highest total at any park outside of Coors Field.
Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.