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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (2-3) vs. Marlins (2-4)

Philadelphia Phillies (2-3) vs. Miami Marlins (2-4)

Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) vs. Mark Buehrle (0-1, 4.50)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, Low 50’s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It’s another cool and cloudy night at Citizens Bank Park tonight, as Joe Blanton takes the mound for the Phils in the rubber match of the first three game series of the year between the Phillies and Marlins. This will be Blanton’s first start of the year, although he did make an appearance last Saturday gave up the winning run on a walk off infield single to Alex Presley. He’ll look to ease a lot of Phillies fans hearts tonight against a Marlins lineup that he’s had some slight success against in the past. He’s held Jose Reyes to just four hits in twenty-one at-bats, and held Emilio Bonifacio to six hits in twenty-three at bats. However, Hanley Ramirez is 7-19 and Chris Coghlan is 7-14 against him.

For the Marlins, Mark Buehrle–who has spent most of his career over in the AL–will be new to most of the Phillies hitters. Placido Polanco has faced him the most, and has a .400 average against him in 37 plate appearances. Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, Juan Pierre, and Jimmy Rollins are the only other Phils who have faced him before, and none have an average above .263. This one won’t be a low scoring game, and if last night was any indication, the Phils offense could best the Marlins offense tonight.

Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Mayberry LF, Wigginton 1B, Ruiz C, Galvis 2B, Blanton P

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Whirlwind Witbier
Tonight we have a gentle offering by Victory. This classic German Witbier is supremely drinkable on any evening, especially a rainy one like today. The flavor is comprised by wheat malt and yeast with notes of orange zest, coriander, and clove. Essentially, it’s another more sophisticated version of Blue Moon, if you fancy those. If you can find some fresh shellfish, like a bushel of crabs, have that with it. – By Brian


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    April 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Easier said than done…. to win, Blanton needs to keep the ball low and hit the corners with some consistency. Easier said than done. When Joe gets the ball up, we lose.

  2. Jeff

    April 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I look forward to the day when Joe is gone and Dave H is gone. These two guys have no place on this team. There are a million Joe’s out there we can bring in. He is not a very good pticher. The A’s did not think so.

  3. Pat Gallen

    April 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Jeff, thats fine, but Herndon is much the same as every other middling relief pitcher. I get your gripe with Blanton, but they’re down to the end with him.

  4. Jeff

    April 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I realize your fifth starter is going to be the middle of the road but there are guys. I do not like Charlie bringing Dave in the 9th. Mop up duties only. No chance with him.

  5. Jeff

    April 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm


    OH BABY.


  6. psujoe

    April 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    great game by JoeB. He looked almost unhittable tonight. Great location. Galvis hitting .300 over his 3 game hitting streak. Wigginton with a Bomb. Qualls looked shakey, but a very good night for the Phils.

    Marlins already 3 back, their seasons over, LOL.

  7. Brooks

    April 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

    The Fish have started the last few seasons really really hot. This year they looks soso from the gate. Recall the Fish usually riding in first or shotgun through the first half or third of the year and the reporters chattering on and on about how ‘real’ they look and then, the warm weather collapse.
    This year the Mets have started out looking pretty decent. We’ll see, long season.

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