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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (28-31) at Orioles (32-25)

Philadelphia Phillies (28-31) vs. Baltimore Orioles (32-25)

Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27) vs.  Jake Arrieta (2-7, 5.53)

Time: 7:05, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Weather: Sunny, 84
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are in Baltimore tonight, as they take on the Orioles in the first of a nine-game, all interleague road trip. The last time they beat the Orioles was back in 2006 in a game that Ryan Madson started. They are 116-137 all-time in interleague play, and 20-16 over the last three years.

Tonight, Joe Blanton, a guy who spent five seasons in the American League pitching for the Athletics, will get the start tonight. He’s on a cold streak (10.98 ERA in his last four starts), but he actually pitched OK in his last start against the Marlins, even if the stats don’t say that.

He’s 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA against the Orioles in his career, with two of those starts in Camden Yards where he has a 6.00 ERA.

Opposing him will be Jake Arrieta, a young righty with just 289.2 Major League innings. He’s never faced the Phillies, but both Juan Pierre and Jim Thome have six plate appearances against him. Pierre is 2-6 with an RBI and Thome is 1-3 with three walks against him.

Arrieta has an ERA that is actually higher than Blanton’s this year, which means he is not pitching well at all. Expect tonight’s game to be a slugfest, especially with the DH.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Thome DH, Victorino CF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 3B, Mayberry 1B, Fontenot 2B

Your Gameday Beer: Tonight’s featured brew is Rogue Northwestern Ale, an India Red Ale from Oregon.  With all the rain the Delaware Valley has been experiencing, it’s starting to feel like we live up there.  This beer was recommended by one of our loyal readers, Chris, who considers it an A+ beer.  Have it with some fresh fish or other local seafood.



  1. TheDipsy

    June 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I am setting the over/under on tonites game at 11 1/2. Need two outta three this weekend – just cause we do.

    The Dipsy

  2. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Truly, this is bizarro season. The Phils usually look like crap in interleague play, but tonight they’re kicking butt and taking names.

  3. teejvee

    June 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    This has to be the last start for Blanton,no? Time to try a minor leaguer.

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Even with us scoring nine runs at the end of the top of the 4th, it still is scary because Blanton is pitching….and as I’m typing this he just gave up a homer! Bring up Cloyd!

  5. poconosms1

    June 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    He’s making me nervous every time ne goes out there. Great hitting tonight. Mayberry been off too

  6. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Offense looks good tonight. The ghost of Ed Delahanty is satisfied.

  7. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    We have a 5-run lead going into the stretch. Will that be enough?????

  8. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Blanton has thrown 115 pitches. He’s earned a little relief.

  9. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Uh oh… Schwimmer… 5-run lead may not be enough…

  10. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm


  11. c schreiber

    June 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    We’re on the way to first place now!! Minimart is back. Really!!!! Cerist sake!!

    • Tracey

      June 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Sooooo glad to see MiniMart back!!! We need him now that Galvis is out!

  12. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm


  13. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Harry is singing High Hopes on my computer. 🙂

  14. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Let’s just hope they saved some runs for the rest of the weekend! eep!

  15. Tracey

    June 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Yikes… Galvis’s injury is a fractured vertebra? Out for six weeks???

    • George

      June 9, 2012 at 12:04 am

      If it is a fracture, it’ll be in a brace for six weeks, at the least. After that, there’s probably lots of rehab. I’d guess that Galvis would miss most or maybe all of the rest of this season.

      This is yet another example of how bad the Phils’ luck has been this year.

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