Tim Redding (2-5, 5.78) vs. Pedro Martinez (4-0, 3.64)
Time: 8:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 75
Twitter: Phillies Nation
One down, one to go. After barely surviving another ninth inning scare, the Philllies look to take the series against the “rival” Mets and sweep the Sunday doubleheader.
Phillie-killer Tim Redding will trot out for the Mets tonight sporting a .161 opponent batting average and a 2.00 ERA at Citizen’s Bank Park. In his last start, however, he was a little wild throwing 48% of his pitches for balls. In his words, it was “probably the worst day I’ve ever had with command of the fastball.” (Let’s hope he spoke too soon with that quote.) Chase Utley has had success against the right-hander going 10-for-22.
Opposing Redding on the mound for the Phillies will be Pedro Martinez who is coming off a 119-pitch performance last week against the Nationals. The Phillies are 6-0 in games Pedro has started, and he got the win in his one start against his former team. In that game, he went six innings allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits including 2 home runs while maintaining a decent groundball-to-flyball ratio (6/14), which he has done all season (26/62). Pay close attention for his matchups against Angel Pagan who has hit 2 home runs in 3 career at bats against Pedro.
With Shane Victorino’s home run in game one, the number of Phillies with double-digit home run tallies now stands at 7. Carlos Ruiz can add to that number with a homer tonight. Also worth noting: the Phillies last five losses have all been by a single run.
The nightcap will be nationally televised on ESPN with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan calling the game.
Your Gameday Beer – Double Dog Double Pale Ale
We’re doing a daily double of Double beers today with Double Dog Double Pale Ale. This is another beer from the Flying Dog brewery in Maryland which features those gonzo illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Being a Pale Ale, it is naturally infused with hops which give it a citrus aroma and flavor. There are also sweet notes of caramel malts and dark fruit alongside bitter spices which hit you towards the end. Despite its 11.5% ABV, it is fairly drinkable beer. Have it with those leftover steak fajitas.