Washington Nationals (50-94) at Philadelphia Phillies (83-60)
Livan Hernandez (8-10, 5.30) vs. Joe Blanton (9-7, 4.11)
Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Overcast, chance of showers, 64
Twitter: Phillies Nation
BREAKING NEWS: Greg Dobbs has been activated from the disabled list after missing nearly a month with a calf strain.
In tonight’s follow up to Cliff Lee’s masterpiece, Joe Blanton and Livan Hernandez square off once again. It was just six days ago that the two met down in D.C., with the Hernandez getting the better of Blanton. Big Joe had his worst performance in nearly two months, allowing eight earned runs over 4 2/3 innings. In eight career starts against the Nats, he has struggled mightily, posting just a 1-3 record and a 7.46 ERA. Ouch.
Hernandez tossed 7 1/3 solid innings against the Phils on September 10, allowing two earned over six hits, grabbing his eighth win of the year. The 6’2, 240 pound pitcher has done quite well against the Phillies during his 13 seasons. He is 11-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 26 starts. Here at Citizens Bank Park, however, it’s a different story, as his ERA is nearly seven in Philly. Let’s hope the Phillies can capitalize on his penchant for allowing the long ball. Hernandez has given up eight in six starts at the Bank.
A few questions for tonight: Will we see the bullpen? The relievers have been relieved of their duty as of late, tossing just 4 2/3 innings over the last four games. Will Ryan Howard find his late-season groove again? He’s hitting just .167 over the last week, with no home runs. Will Joe Blanton throw 130 pitches? Just kidding. Enjoy the game.
Your Gameday Beer – Yards Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale
I recently had this beer in a mixed six-pack and was pleasantly surprised by it’s bittersweet strength. It goes down relatively easy for being 8% ABV, packing a punch, but tasting rather lemony. It’s dark golden complexion and satisfying aroma made for an enjoyable experience. Last night, the Phillies decided to play small ball. Tonight, let’s drink to them going “Yards”. -By Pat