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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (30-34) at Twins (25-36)

Philadelphia Phillies (30-34)
vs. Minnesota Twins (25-36)

Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40) vs. Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61)

Time: 8:10, Target Field
TV: WB 17
Weather: Thunderstorms, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 30 and June 1.  Overall they have lost nine of their last 11 games.  Before last night, the last game they won was a Joe Blanton start.

Blanton, surprisingly, has had some really good starts for the Phillies this season.  The other side of that is that he has allowed at least five runs in his last five starts.  So the question is which Joe Blanton will we see tonight.

Blanton and the Phillies will be facing Scott Diamond, who has not lost an inter league game he’s started in his young career.  He has never faced Philadelphia.  Diamond, a former Rule 5 guy, has a 7:1 strikeouts to walks ratio and has four starts where he went at least six innings without allowing a run.

The key is for Blanton to settle in and pitch a smart game.  He has given up entirely too many home runs this season.  While he has only issued 12 walks in 75 innings, he has given up 89 hits including 13 home runs.

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

GAMEDAY BEER: Flying Dog Dogtoberfest

Perhaps it’s the rich amber color, the smooth and sweet taste, or the Hunter S. Thompson quote on the label, but something about this beer really does it for me. It’s been one of my absolute favorites since the first time I had it. It has a complex taste, with elements of sweet and bitter, but also goes down incredibly smooth, without being too abrasive to the palette. Despite the name drawing inferences to Autumn, the Dogtoberfest is actually a perfect summertime beer. Have it with some traditionally grilled food. –By Ryan

Go Phillies!

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    June 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Let’s hope that Thome keeps hitting and that Blanton starts pitching. Then we will have a decent chance at a win GO FILLS

  2. Pearly11WRX

    June 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Ok, get ready, have either your suicide pill on hand or a cold beer to celebrate a win.

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Here you go. Turn down the volume on the TV and play this on the loop.
    You’ll miss Wheels and Mccarthy but it makes it more fun.

    Go Phils!

  4. Tracey

    June 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I had to rewind the broadcast a couple of times to be sure. Yes, McCarthy called the wrong inning. He said we were going into the bottom of the 4th when we were going into the bottom of the 6th.

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Listening to Wheeler, TMac, and Sarge is like being on acid and then shoved into the loudest, brightest slot machine room in a casino.

  6. Tracey

    June 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Yeah, that’s about right, Ed. They’re so busy with their chit-chat, they don’t even know what inning it is.

  7. Tracey

    June 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hmn… can the Phils maintain a 4 run lead in the 8th?

  8. Brooks

    June 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    On WIP, “Mike and Ike” show – they spoke about how the Phils had the bases loaded with no outs and could not score in the 9th.

    What an outing by Joe – it happens –

  9. Lefty

    June 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I only got the Minnesota feed and I can’t tell. Are they going to pitch Papelbon? He could use a rest, it’s a long season.

  10. psujoe

    June 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Blanton is going to start the 9th.

    • Lefty

      June 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, hmm- he’s at 103 pitches, hope he can get through it.

  11. Brooks

    June 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Nice to see more contributing – Poly finally with a hit in this series

  12. Tracey

    June 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Woo hoo! Phils win a series!

  13. psujoe

    June 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Blanton pitched one heck of a game. The Pen needed it.

    A nice market opening up for Thome.

  14. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Winner winner chicken dinner.

    Way to go hamburger joe.


    Phillies win 98 games and the NL east
    Joe Blanton wins the Cy Young

    Jim Thome the MVP

    • psujoe

      June 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Blanton signs with the Yankees 7/$175!

      • Mike

        June 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        Traded to Dunkin Donuts for a large coffee.

  15. Catcher

    June 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Nice game, Phillies!

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