2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (31-34) at Blue Jays (31-32)


Philadelphia Phillies (31-34)
vs. Toronto Blue Jays (31-32)

Vance Worley (3-2, 3.00) vs. Drew Hutchison (5-3, 4.66)

Time: 7:07, Rogers Centre
TV: CSN Philadelphia
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 74
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try to extend their two game winning streak into Canada tonight when they start a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wins have not been easy to come by this season with a lot of Phillies suffering injuries.  Charlie Manuel has done his best to put a line up out that produces each and every game.  Playing in the American League ball parks has allowed him to use Jim Thome in the DH role; a position he is very comfortable in.

Thome has 99 home runs in a Phillies uniform.  His next one will make him just the fourth player to hit at least 100 home runs with three different teams.

Vance Worley will take the ball tonight for the Phillies.  In his last start against the Orioles, Worley went six innings and didn’t allow an earned run.  Worley will definitely benefit from Joe Blanton’s complete game last night.  He hasn’t recorded eight full innings of work this season so the bullpen could be needed.  Worley will also be looking for his first decision in four starts.

Neither Worley or Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison has faced the opposition.  The Phillies haven’t won three games in a row since May 23-26, when they won four.  Since then, the Phillies are 6-11 including a six game losing streak.

Worley and company will be looking to keep the win streak going tonight.

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

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