With little rest, the White Sox and Phillies will conclude their first halves Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The teams played a split doubleheader Saturday, with both games going to extra innings and lasting nearly four hours. In the rubber game, Philadelphia will send Cole Hamels against Chicago's Jose Quintana.
Hamels, who has been stellar in his past two outings, will look to end the first half on a high note. He's 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last two starts, equaling his win total in his first 17 starts. He allowed just one run on six hits in eight innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.
"I think that was something we haven't seen all year," Hamels said of the energetic crowd of 33,502 on Tuesday. "That was the most exciting eighth inning I've had in a long time, especially with it not being a sellout. It felt like there were 60,000 fans, so that was awesome to see that from the fans on every pitch. Definitely brought the energy level back."
Hamels won his only start against the White Sox on June 12, 2007. He allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings on 108 pitches.
Quintana will make his first start against the Phillies. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts this month. He allowed three runs on six hits in eight innings in a win over the Tigers on Tuesday. Quintana has been one of the pleasant surprises for what has a been a disappointing first half for the White Sox.
"I'm really, really happy I was able to give this opportunity to my team," said Quintana through an interpreter Tuesday. "More importantly than anything, when you're facing the No. 1 team in the division, it's something to feel really good about."
The teams tallied nine runs in the first game of the doubleheader, but managed to combine for just three runs in the nightcap.
"Yeah, it wasn't pretty at all," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the first game. "It was guys hanging by the skin of their teeth, getting out of jams, and Alexei [Ramirez] had a great game."
White Sox: Ventura wants to return in 2014
• Ventura wants to return for the final year of his three-year deal in 2014. The Sox are 37-54 this season and 122-130 in his two seasons.
"Again, you don't know exactly how it's going to go," Ventura said. "[General manager Rick Hahn] is taking it on a case-by-case basis of looking at what the deal is. That's what I think.
"If it is [rebuilding], you go from there. I don't know for sure what we are going to have going into next year. We haven't [gotten] into trying to plan 2014. We'll get through this, and I don't know if I even have an answer. I hope we are [contenders]."
Phillies: Bastardo leading improved bullpen
• Reliever Antonio Bastardo has stepped up in the absence of Mike Adams, who's on the 60-day disabled list. In five appearances this month, he's allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up just three hits and picked up seven strikeouts and a save in that stretch.
• The Phillies lead the all-time series, 6-5. The Phillies are 5-3 in Philadelphia against the White Sox, including a 4-1 mark at Citizens Bank Park.
• Hamels has a .310 opponents batting average against the current White Sox lineup. Adam Dunn is 2-of-18 with a home run and nine strikeouts against Hamels.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.