Milwaukee Brewers (62-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (77-58)
Dave Bush (7-11, 4.71) vs. Roy Halladay (16-10, 2.27)
Time: 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 55
The Phillies – backed by consistently excellent pitching – are rolling. With Cole Hamels tossing another jewel last night, Phillies ace Roy Halladay seeks to continue this trend tonight against the Brewers.
Of course Doc’s 16-10 record does not do him justice. In the pitching Triple Crown race, he’s one strikeout behind the league leader, 0.02 points behind the ERA leader and one win off the top spot. All that could change tonight with another dominant performance. For the Brewers, the nastiness that is Roy Halladay represent uncharted waters – the current Brew Crew has only 15 combined at bats against Doc. That surely favors the Phillies pitcher.
Dave Bush meanwhile will throw for Milwaukee. You may remember him as a character from one of the tales of the legendary Matt Stairs. Last year in Philly, Stairs broke up Bush’s no-hitter in the eighth inning with a long bomb to right.
We may see the recently recalled Greg Dobbs tonight as he is hitting .429 in 14 at bats against Bush with 2 homers, and 5 RBIs. Ryan Howard has similar numbers, so there’s hope he can continue his September breakout on this crisp fall-like evening. He and the rest of the lineup will need to after the bats went silent last night following the shootout in Denver.
Tonight’s “Schedule Watch” takes us to Miami, where Jair Jurrjens (6-4, 4.38) will be pitching for the Braves against the Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson (11-5, 2.28).
Your Gameday Beer – Miller High Life
We’re staying with the Champagne of Beers tonight as we continue to support our U.S. troops throughout the weekend! For every High Life cap or tab you drop off at select retailers or mail in, Miller will donate 10-cents toward High Life Experiences for returning vets. Up to a million dollars will go toward paying soldiers’ way into sports events, concerts, outdoor adventures and more. So buy it and help us out as well as we send Phillies care-packages to phans abroad serving our country.