Break out the flotilla.
Vicente Padilla starts for the first time against his former team. In David Murphy’s Phillies notebook today, Padilla tells us it was the weather that made him so bad â€” when he was bad â€” for the Phils. A quick look at his splits with the Phils showed his ERA was a little better in July and August, somewhere around 3.40. Oddly enough, he had an amazing 2.97 ERA in 32 starts at Veterans Stadium. So is the heat? Maybe. This year he’s been pretty good for the Rangers â€” better than 4/5 of the Phils rotation.
Luckily the best fifth is up there tonight. Hamels is coming off a strong start against Los Angeles, a start where he couldn’t get a win. He could use one, and so could this team.
The lineup tonight is somewhere between normal and crazy. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino are back at the top, but Pat Burrell is still in the cleanup spot with Greg Dobbs getting the six-hole. Chris Coste gets the start at catcher and Dobbs is your DH.
Phillies: Cole Hamels (7-5) 3.27 ERA
Rangers: Vicente Padilla (10-3) 3.74 ERA
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 95, partly cloudy
Your gamenight beer: We’re starting the second half with my all-time, No. 1, top-of-the-shelf favorite beer. That’s right, this is my favorite â€” better than all the 100+ I’ve drank in my young drinking life. Ladies and gents: UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen. Yes, a fruit beer. The raspberry taste doesn’t overwhelm at all, and it doesn’t quite taste like a beer, but you know it’s a beer. It’s refreshing, can make you a bit tipsy after a couple and is perfect for a summer evening. Like this one. What to eat? It goes with a lot, but I recommend pouring some in baked chicken and going with that. Enjoy. And come on Phils!