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Gameday: Phillies (21-13) at Brewers (15-20)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sat, May 15, 2010 03:19 PM | Comments: 90
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Philadelphia Phillies (21-13) at Milwaukee Brewers (15-20)

Joe Blanton, RHP (0-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. Chris Narveson, LHP (3-0, 5.06 ERA)

Time: 4:10 p.m at Miller Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 58
TV: Fox
Twitter: @philliesnation

In the grand scheme of things, I think we all needed a Phils game like last night’s 9-5 win. The outcome was never really in doubt, and while it lacked the drama of certain other Philadelphia-related sporting events from yesterday, it was a pleasant way to spend an evening. Jamie Moyer, looking waaay too comfortable in the 1980s-era road blues, prevented the Brewers from hitting like Harvey’s Wallbangers even though they were dressed like Harvey’s Wallbangers.

Today, Joe Blanton makes his third start of the year, relieving a previous paucity of portly pitchers in Philadelphia. Blanton has so far not pitched badly, keeping the ball down and not walking very many, but his strikeout rate, even in this small sample size, has dropped far below his rate from last year, which contributed to 2009 being a career year for the righty.

In other news, for all the hand-wringing about the performance of Exxon Wilson Valdez and Paul Hoover, the two managed to drop a combined 3-for-8 with four runs scored last night. With Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz perhaps only a few days from returning, we’ll see how these two career minor leagues hold up.

The Phils will face 28-year-old lefty Chris Narveson today. A former St. Louis Cardinals prospect, Narveson has bounced between the rotation and the bullpen in parts of three major league seasons. His fastball, which tops out around 90, forces him to rely on three other pitches, a slider, a curve, and a changeup, to get batters out. Narveson, while appearing to be almost unbelievably average on paper, does sport a 3-0 record in three starts and nine relief appearances. We’ll see how that goes.

Tonight’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Valdez (SS), Hoover (C),  Blanton (P)

Your Gameday Beer – BrewDog Sink the Bismarck

Coors  OriginalThis one goes out to Paul Hoover, who before resurfacing with the Phillies, served as president of Delta Tau Chi fraternity at Faber College. BrewDog is most famous for its Tactical Nuclear Penguin, a double-cask imperial stout from Scotland, which was, at 32% ABV, reputed to be the strongest beer on Earth. After a German brewery responded with an even stronger beer, those plucky Brits put out Sink the Bismarck, a 41% ABV offering. That’s about the strength of your garden variety vodka. I’ve never had it myself, but to quote Animal House, I anticipate a deeply religious experience. – By Michael

GO PHILLIES!

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    F**king Fox in Southern California is showing Astros vs. Giants, and since its a Fox game can’t watch on MLB.TV! Guess it’s a radio day!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    There are three things that you can’t escape in life. Death. Taxes. And Tom McCarthy. Unless you live out in Cali. Consider yourself blessed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tom McCarthy

    Phillie Phanatic come on doowwwn! You’re the next contestant on the Price is Right! Oh what a week it waaassss!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    and howard k’s again. what a suprise

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    so predictable. foot low,foot outside. Again.
    He has ZERO ability to recognize pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO!!! Victorino through the gap!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    Let’s hope Joe can hold the lead

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Chase Utley: You are the man!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Poised for Pat Burrell’s return to philly

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    back back half non swings Ks for Howard?!?!?!? … jesus Ryan gte a fooking clue

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Howard is now batting .190 against lefties. This lineup will be seriously flawed without a big right handed bat next season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    ChuckS, why would you want Pat Burrell back?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Blanton’s looking good tonight! And the Brewers pitcher’s looking like crap.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (actually, more the Brewer’s defense than the pitcher looking like crap)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wow, the Brewers pitcher is closing in on 70 pitches already, 2.1 innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Ibanez is as fast as molasses traveling upstream. Unbelievable.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I would rather have Pat Burrell than Greg Dobbs

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Double-play!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Nice quick inning. Do you think Blanton could become the third Phillies starter to throw a CG this year?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    I think Pat would offer less than Dobbs. Dobbs can play 1st, 3rd or corner outfield positions. Pat the Bat can’t field at all.

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    Pat for Greg? maybe yeah I can see that… that way you could get some extra power from the bench occassionally…

    as Jimmy Hoffa would… 6-5 and pick ‘em

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    what a boring game….

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    I would be surprised if in his 3 start he is allowed to go 9 innings
    even if it is say 8-2 philis in the 8th inning

    not even sure if that is the wise thing to do

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    base hit… snooooooooze….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Where are the Phillies fans tonight? All we have is trolls.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Dobbs can’t hit, we have Gload that can play corners, and Pat has Elvis!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Joe has been pretty damn good this year

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    Blanton only given up 1 hit through 4 complete….

    man it is Good to have him back!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    blanton 35 total pitches 26 are strikes

    Narveson 78 total pitches only 48 are strikes

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    thanks for the 400ft triple i mean double as well all the other memories, but no thanks to a return of Pat the Bat. Unless he signs here for dirt cheap which is a possibility.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Brewers’ pitcher is already over 100.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    good job RAUULLL!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Phillies need to wake up on O. This game seems very much like last Saturday’s game against the Braves.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I doubt Pat signs a major league contract again maybe a minor league

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ow.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    i think a return to the Phils could give Pat some life. he’s being treated like bleep over there in Tampa

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Dipsy was right

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Pat won’t be playing the National League unless he’s a bench bat, and he’s been to inconsistent as a DH so I don’t see that happening.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Burrell is done. Have you looked at his numbers against lefties since he left the Phillies? He hit .202 against LHPs last season, and .053 this year. He can no longer play the field…how could he contribute to this Phillies team?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Elvis Impressions during the 7th inn stretch? i’m all shook up…. un hunh!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    lets go offense

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Vic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    The Hawaiian lets one fly!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    i guess they heard ya chucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    only 130 pitches threw 5 2/3. and only 4 runs. what a masterpiece.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Ted Bell, kick ass Phil Hendry reference!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Howard Power time!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Er… oops.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    guess not, Golden sombrero what a shock

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    i can’t blv that i actually defended this dude’s contract… that was pathetic..

     
 
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