Boston Red Sox (37-24) at Philadelphia Phillies (35-24)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4, 7.33 ERA) vs. Antonio Bastardo (2-0, 2.45 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Cloudy, 71
TV: MyPhl 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation
The thrills continued last night in a heavyweight bout between possibly baseball’s best two teams. The Red Sox came away the victors thanks to a game of pinball off Kyle Kendrick. He was just demoted again.
Now the Phils counter with Antonio Bastardo, the cagey lefty with a plus fastball and supposedly plus-plus changeup. He might have to use that more often tonight with the big-hitting Sox lineup ready to take him down. Bastardo last kept the Dodgers at bay Sunday night, going five innings and giving up two runs on seven hits.
Boston has Daisuke Matsuzaka on the hill. He’s had many short outings thanks to his high-pitch tendencies and an injury earlier in the season. In fact, he hasn’t ever finished six. And he’s very hittable: Lefties are hitting .333 against him; righties are striking at .418.
Boston hitters are .266 against left-handed pitchers.
Your gamenight beer: Here’s a beer I just purchased: Three Philosophers, by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown. Baseball’s first town has some pretty good beers, and this is no exception. It’ll be the first time I try this one tonight, so I’ll deliver some thoughts on Three Philosophers via Twitter. I’ll be eating some pasta with olives and peppers, maybe grilling some pork to keep the carbs low. Here’s to good beer.