Philadelphia Phillies (89-64) at Milwaukee Brewers (76-78)
Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.70) vs. Braden Looper, RHP (13-7, 5.12)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI
Weather: Cloudy, 65 (retractable roof)
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Pedro can’t go because of a stiff neck, so Kyle Kendrick steps in for a spot start this evening.
Kendrick will make his second start with the Phillies this season, two weeks after shutting down the Mets in the opening game of a double header. In that game, KK went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs. In addition, Kendrick has seen action five times out of the bullpen, with four of those being scoreless outings. He’s been able to locate his pitches and keep hitters off balance, which is an important part of his maturation. The Phillies need yet another steady performance from him as they try to push that magic number even lower.
Braden Looper will be the starter for the Brewers tonight. His father, Benny, just happens to be an assistant GM for the Phillies. The 12-year veteran has seen his fair share of the Phillies during his career, facing the team 60 times with four different teams. Only three of those 60 have come as a starter, and overall the numbers aren’t pretty. He’s 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA and has allowed 16 home runs to the Phillies, the most by any opponent. But as we saw last night with Manny Parra, you shouldn’t put too much stock in the lifetime stats.
Ryan Howard is one Phillie who absolutely owns Looper. In just six career at bats, The Big Piece has four jacks and five RBI. He’s never struck out against him and has been walked four times. Jimmy Rollins is 9-for-33 lifetime against looper and Chase Utley is 5-for-14.
Odd stat: The Phillies are 32-19 in starts made by Kendrick during his career. Let’s keep that trend going.
Also, Raul Ibanez is back in the starting lineup after missing the last two games with a stomach virus.
LINEUP: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Feliz 3B, Bako C, Kendrick P
Your Gameday Beer – Snow Beer
Snow Beer is brewed by the communist-sounding China Resources Breweries Limited brewery out of Beijing, China. The style is European Pale Lager which helps make it better than most domestic Chinese beers, including the more popular Tsingtao. Bubbles permeate the light grassy, vegetable taste (ok, Chinese beers are not the best in the world). Have it with some spicy Szechuan cuisine like Kung Pao chicken. – By Brian