Gameday 2009

Gameday: Phillies (59-42) at Giants (56-47)

Philadelphia Phillies (59-42) at San Francisco Giants (56-47)

Joe Blanton (7-4, 4.11 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (11-3, 2.30 ERA)

Time: 9:05 p.m at AT&T Park
Weather: Fair and Windy, 60
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Last night, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner was on the mound.  Tonight, the reigning National League Cy Young winner is on the hill.

Tim Lincecum is making a run for another Cy Young Award.  The 25 year old is 11-3 with a 2.30 ERA, 183 strikeouts, 1.05 WHIP and he has limited opponents to a .214 average.  Lincecum is 1-0 with a 4.68 career ERA in 25 innings against the Phillies.  However, in two starts last season, he was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Phillies. 

Joe Blanton may not have a Cy Young trophy sitting on his mantle, but he has been pitching extremely well as of late.  He is coming off a spectacular month of July where he gave up only four runs in 29.1 innings.  He’ll look to continue his dominance into August.  Blanton has struggled in his career against the Giants, though.  He is 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA against San Francisco.

The Phillies are having a tough time hitting with runners in scoring position, and it won’t be easy for them to turn around those struggles tonight.  With Lincecum and Blanton pitching, the last thing expected is a high scoring game.

IJ Plzen
Your Gameday Beer– IJ Plzen
Check it, IJ is the name of the brewery Amsterdam and Plzen is the name of their pils variety. It is a top-fermended dry beer brewed in the Belgian ale style. Like most pils, it is heavy on the hops and makes no mistake about it. It has very faint sweet notes at first sip. Crepes, or more traditionally pannenkoeken, would go well with this Dutch beer. – By Brian

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