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Gameday: Phillies (39-34) At Braves (35-40)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, June 30, 2009 05:45 PM | Comments: 338
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Philadelphia Phillies (39-34) at Atlanta Braves (35-40)

Joe Blanton (4-4, 5.06 ERA) vs. Derek Lowe (7-6, 4.53 ERA)
Time: 7:00 p.m at Turner Field
Weather: Sunny, 90
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies are happy interleague play is over after posting a 6-12 record against the American League.  They head to Turner Field, where they were a perfect 9-0 last season.  They’ll have to extend their win streak against Derek Lowe, who shutout the Phillies in eight innings back in April.

Joe Blanton was roughed up by the Braves earlier this year.  In 12 innings, his ERA is 9.75 and Braves hitters are batting .321 against him this season.

Jimmy Rollins is back in the starting lineup, and out of all the Phillies hitters, Rollins has the most success against Lowe.  He is batting .304 against Lowe in his career. On the other hand, Brian McCann is 6-for-7 with 2 home runs and six RBI against Blanton.

With Rollins back in the lead-off spot, the rest of the lineup looks like this: Rollins (SS)/ Victorino (CF)/ Utley (2B)/ Howard (1B)/ Werth (RF)/ Dobbs (LF)/ Feliz (3B)/ Ruiz (C)/ Blanton (P).

Red Rocket AleYour Gameday Beer- Today’s beer is Red Rocket Ale.  Careful, this Amber/Red Ale is on fire. Its deep cinnamon color makes for a beautiful pour so be sure to release it from the bottle. Its hoppy, caramel malt flavor comes from a complex recipe of five different grains. If you can, roast a chicken with all the fix-ins. -By Brian

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  • Plain and simple, J Roll needs a hit in his first AB. He needs to start off quickly. It’s do or die.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I know he has more power than Vic, but Werth has been on fire out of the two hole, why not leave him there, isn’t Vic enough protection for Howard.
    I mean I get Werth in the five spot, but why not leave him in two, he sees alot of pitches, and has good speed, and can move runners along as well as Vic right?
    I feel JB will be fine against the Braves tonight, their O has been struggling of late, I posted earlier I think 4 runs wins it for the Phillies.
    GO PHILLIES

    Not sure if I am going to get through the entire night at work waiting to get home to watch the game on DVR, but I am going to try, so have a good game and be positive please, no JB haters allowed tonight just positive vibes, and let us not dam JRoll if he does not get a hit in his first ab, let the game play out before all your Rollins haters chime in,

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    JB has only given up more than 2 ER once in his last 6starts that i pretty good, seeing his record of 2-1 in those six starts means the phillies need to score the good ole boy some runs

     
  • Posts: 0 kl

    agreed that i’d like to see werth bat 2 – he seems to like it there. also, just hoping that jimmy hits anything but a popup…even a ground ball would be better!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    It’s going to be a HOT time tonight (literally and figuratively) in Atlanta as balls may be flying out of the park.

    Gallen… “Its do or die” (for Rollins). That’s funny…(laughing)

    Let’s go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Shag: I was at the WS game when JB hit the home run. I have nothing but love for Joe the Lumber.

     
  • Bruce: didnt mean that figuratively. But is it not? I feel like he needs to get hot early to shut the detractors up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m pretty optimistic with Fat Joe on the mound today, he’s been very solid lately. Lowe is very good against our lineup but he’s having a rough stretch, so maybe we can capitalize on that.

     
  • Posts: 0 M.P. aka A.J. #54

    We beat Lowe once, only that was Pat the Bat, so we can hope…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Blanton has a 5.06 ERA

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Hey! Jimmy didn’t swing at the first pitch! (OK, it was a strike, but still…)

     
  • Posts: 0 Joe

    Glad Jimmy took those first pitches. He listened.

     
  • Not going to lie, wish we had Derek Lowe.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I’m feeling pretty good about tonight. Lowe has been a bit of a disappointment this year and Blanton is pitching much better of late.

    Werth is on fire, but with a tough righty on the mound, I’m ok with him hitting 5th instead of 2nd.

    Go Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    ok so I am already bored at work raining windy and thunder storms so no one is coming out to eat, Fat Joe’s ERA is high cause his first few outing were rough, his last six he has been on fire only once gave up 4 runs, then i believe it was 2 1 0 2 2 so that is pretty dam good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Tch, still chasing the balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    well he did not pop out, but he will have 3 more at bats to redeam himself

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I stuck with MLB until i can re watch the game on DVR tonight.
    lets go CHASE

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Shag: Yeah, JB’s recent losses were due to lack of Phils hitting, not bad pitching.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Quick inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    It would be nice to see Lowe throw alot of pitches early

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Great start J-Roll, if youre trying to get traded

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    The Phils are chasing a lot of bad pitches tonight. The Gameday Pitch-by-Pitch is showing that a lot of these swings were at balls that were low or outside.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    OK Joe it is your turn 1 2 3 please, can everyone tell I am truly bored to death at work tonight. I am ready for some shag beta sigma delta bashing where is Geoff, and Dipsy when I need them

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Shag: Sh!

     
  • Posts: 0 cxl72

    they showed the graphic on blanton vs. the braves

    2gs
    12ip
    13er

    wheels said blanton has pitched “okay” vs. atlanta. what would he consider terrible??

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    THere is the JRoll hater I was looking for hi Geoff, nice to see mr negativity on here again.
    JB throw 5 straight fastballs to start

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, BEAUTIFUL catch, Werth!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Both of those pitches were outside. We’ve really got to stop chasing the balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    THAT’S what I’m talking about. Patience…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whee!

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    had to go nice to see big Joe 1 2 3 like I asked him to do

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    aw…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    that sucked

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    dam wasted opportunity with base loaded Oh well we will get to him

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    can I ask why Werth did not score on the double from first did he have to hold up or what

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    That sucked and now Blanton has to lead off next inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    *WOW*

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    game day is so dam slow, maybe i should just suck it up and go find something to do and just watch the game when i get home

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    wow what tracey

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I think big joe brought his hitting stick tonight watch out

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    nice yakker blanton

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    i will wait till the end of the second inning then find something to do

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Hmn… yeah, considering there’s only been one hit, it’s taking a long time to get through 2.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    francouer-watch the low strikes blanton

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Shag: the “wow” was a running catch by Victorino.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    there goes Joes no hitter
    laughing

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    ok can thanks I will look forward to watching it in two hours smiling

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ugh. Awful play by Werth.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Shag: Also look forward to a great catch by Werth in the 1st, but a lousy play in the field in the 2nd.

     
 
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