Aaron Harang (5-8, 3.86 ERA) vs. J.A Happ (5-0, 2.96 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 83
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation
After a 22 run offensive explosion, the Phillies hope they saved some runs for tonight.
Aaron Harang hasn’t won a start since May 25, but don’t let that fool you. He has been pitching quality starts, but has lacked run support. Harang faced the Phillies earlier in the season. In seven innings, he allowed only one run and struck out nine. The Reds are hoping Harang can go deep into tonight’s game after the bullpen was over-used last night.
Since becoming a starter, J.A Happ has been fantastic. In his last start against the Braves, Happ gave up two runs over seven innings. If Happ gets into a jam, he has proved he can escape it. Many times he will get key ground-ball double plays.
Lately, Jimmy Rollins has been swinging the bat well. He has had success against Harang in the past, batting .348 against him in 23 at-bats.
Your Gameday Beer – Žatec is brewed by none other than the Žatecký Pivovar brewery in the Czech Republic. The label says “Since 1004” so these guys know what they’re doing; which is why I am drinking one of these half-liter beauties right now. It also claims to be a “Bright Lager Beer” and I would definitely say the flavor reminds me of Yuengling – malty but completely balanced. Forget Bud Light, this beer defines drinkability. I am going to eat a chicken cutlet sandwich with roasted peppers and sharp provolone tonight. – By Brian