Philadelphia Phillies (9-5) at Atlanta Braves (8-6)
Jamie Moyer (1-1, 7.50) vs. Derek Lowe (3-0, 4.67)
Time: 7:10, Turner Field
Weather: Clear, 65
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation or below
It’s going to be hard for Jamie Moyer to put forth a performance like Roy Halladay gave last night. Just don’t think it’s even possible. But, lets hope Moyer brings his best start to the rubber match of this three-game series after struggling in his last outing.
Moyer gave up five-1st inning runs against the Marlins on Saturday, yet lasted six innings while striking out seven and allowing only those five to score. The Phillies lost the game, and it was an ugly opening frame, however, it was good to see him lock it down for the remainder of his outing. Let’s hope he can carry that into tonight’s matchup with the Braves, a team that was shutout last night by Halladay. The offense will be licking its chops against the 47-year old lefty.
Derek Lowe gets the call for ATL. In three starts last year, he gave up just three runs against the Phils in over 19 innings of work and over his last nine starts against this team, he is 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA. That is complete mastery of a team that has one of the best offenses in baseball over that period. The sinkerballer has stifled a club that has been struggling the past week with their bats.
Ryan Howard (4-for-25) and Shane Victorino (2-for-14) are owned by Lowe in their careers, something they’ll hope changes tonight. Also, Placido Polanco will not play due to that elbow which was hit by a pitch last night. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow; Greg Dobbs will take his spot at third.
LINEUP: Victorino (CF), Dobbs (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Castro (SS), Ruiz (C), Moyer (P)
Your gameday beer: Pyramid Amber Weizen Ale
An amber ale with a lot of the characteristics you would find in an unfiltered wheat beer, such as Hoegaarden or Blue Moon. It’s maltier than a hefeweizen, not fruity, and has a smooth, caramel taste. Just the look of it is enticing, and it’s probably hard to find in these parts since it’s a microbrew out of Seattle, however, if you can find it, it’ll be worth your while.
— Pat Gallen