Cole Hamels (8-8, 4.26 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (3-3, 6.61 ERA)
Time: 2:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 75
TV: MY PHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation
After losing the first two games, the Phillies must salvage a game of the series. They almost won last night’s game, but Brad Lidge blew his Major League leading 10th save of the year. Still, the offense is lacking.
Cole Hamels will try to extend his hot streak. He has thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings. Hamels is 3-0 with a 4.41 ERA against Houston. Last year, Hamels gave up six runs in four innings at Minute Made Park.
The Phillies have been facing numerous tough pitchers lately. They might be catching a break with Bud Norris on the mound. Unlike Hamels, Norris is in the midst of a cold streak; he is 0-3 with a 13.11 ERA in his last three starts.
Today’s Lineup: Chase Utley was listed as day-to-day with a swollen right foot, but he is in today’s lineup. However, Shane Victorino is not. Victorino left last night’s game with swelling in his knee.
Rollins (SS)/ Werth (CF)/ Utley (2B)/ Howard (1B)/ Ibanez (LF)/ Francisco (RF)/ Feliz (3B)/ Ruiz (C)/ Hamels (P).
Your Gameday Beer – Two Jokers Double-Wit
With Labor Day upon us, we gotta get the white beers out of the way before they become faux pas. Two Jokers, from Missouri, is an excellent witbier brewed in the classic European style. The flavor embodies those tip-of-the-tongue spices like cloves, pepper, and coriander but is tempered by citrus accents. It’s a little creamier than a traditional wit, but its light body makes for easy drinking. I recommend it with a big salad topped with spicy salmon. – By Brian