Gameday 2009

Gamenight: Brewers (4-8) At Phillies (5-6)

WE’RE BACK: Clay Condrey is now in the game, taking over with one out and men at first and second in the top of the seventh. 11-3 Phillies.

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RAIN DELAY: The Phillies currently lead the Brewers, 11-3, in the top of the seventh inning. Situation: Men on first and second, one out for Milwaukee; Chad Durbin pitching.

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brewers.gifMilwaukee Brewers (4-8) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-6)
Manny Parra (0-2, 6.97 ERA vs. Jamie Moyer (1-1, 6.55 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
Weather: Mostly sunny, 64
TV: Comcast Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies grasped momentum Sunday with a big comeback win over the Padres, but the momentum stalled Monday, as the Phils were rained out of their series finale with San Diego. Now the Phils get a visit from the Brewers, the team they ousted in the 2008 National League Division Series.

Milwaukee comes in with an underwhelming 4-8 record, mainly because their big hitters are slumping. Prince Fielder is hitting .175, JJ Hardy his hitting .114 and Ryan Braun is hitting .222. Pitching has also been less than stellar, and it starts with Parra, who goes tonight holding an ERA of over 6.00. The Phillies saw him in the NLDS, briefly for 2.1 scoreless innings. Otherwise, Phils hitters beat him in 2008 pretty well. All five big-time Phillie regulars (Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins) are hitting 1.000 off Parra in regular season play.

Jamie Moyer takes the hill for the good guys. He had a tougher time against Milwaukee in the NLDS, but pitched well against them in the regular season. The two Brewers with a lot of experience against the slow tosser are Jason Kendall (10-for-30) and Mike Cameron (2-for-11).

Tonight’s game is on the Comcast Network because of Flyers playoff hockey.

Your gamenight beer: Avant Garde Ale from the Lost Abbey (Calif.) is a Biere de Garde type of beer, which means it has a definitive toasty, bready sort of flavor. Fruit can be potent, but usually in small doses. It’s of a copper look, too, so it kind of sits well with a soup or stew. Maybe a good, strong bowl of barley with fresh, baked bread is in order. Or some chili. Whatever the case, enjoy this heartily.

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