Gameday: Phillies (39-44) vs. Pirates (51-30) – Phillies Nation
2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (39-44) vs. Pirates (51-30)

Philadelphia Phillies (39-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30)images (2)

Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17 ERA) vs Brandon Cumpton (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

TIME: 7:10 ET

TV: Comcast SportsNet

WEATHER: 82,cloudy

MEDIA: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies’ road trip gets no easier as they open a three game set with the first place Pirates tonight at PNC Park. Not only do the Pirates have the best record in the majors, the Phillies have not fared well at PNC park recently, even against the worst of Pirates teams.

Since 2001, when PNC Park opened, the Phillies are 12-23 against the Pirates on their home turf. The year 2000 was the last time they won a series against Pittsburgh on the road. The Pirates finished above .500 in none of those years since.

Jonathan Pettibone will be on the hill for the Phillies. He gave up three early runs against the Dodgers his last time out but settled in, retiring the last 15 batters he faced. He finished the outing allowing just three runs on four hits in six innings.

The Phillies catch a break with Pittsburgh’s starter, as Jeff Locke was scratched because he warmed up extensively last night in the Pirates long extra inning affair. Locke is 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Instead the Phillies will face Brandon Cumpton, who was recalled from Triple-A to make the start in the series opener. Cumpton has no record in two starts with Pittsburgh this year, and no Phillies player has ever faced him.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Revere CF, Ruiz C, Pettibone P

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team is on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.




  1. G7

    July 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Unbelievable play by Utley…no way you can move this guy..make him a Phillie for life!

  2. Pamikedc

    July 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    What was it?? I keep hearing about it.

  3. Brooks

    July 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm


  4. Brooks

    July 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    He will remind us why our record is so bad. Antonio – thanks buddy.

  5. hk

    July 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Why the heck was Papelbon not ready for this situation? Whether DeFratus gets out of it or not, what’s the point of having a $12.5M per year closer if you’re not going to use him in critical situations?

  6. Pamikedc

    July 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    How and why was JMJ picked off of 2nd??

    And hello??- what did Utley do that was so spectacular?

  7. Pamikedc

    July 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm


    The Phils beat a AAA pitcher. Yay. Win the series tomorrow. First time vs the Buccos in a hot ny minute

    • G7

      July 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      With a triple A pitcher..

    • George

      July 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Strange. I thought Crumpton was pitching in the major leagues right now. And if Crumpton is AA, what about Pettibone? He was a AAA pitcher earlier in this same season.

      Everybody ML pitcher has to have a first game, and sometimes they happen to be very good; good enough to stick around for 15-20 years.

      • George

        July 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        Should read, “And if Crumpton is AAA.” Sometimes my keyboard doesn’t respond. When my ship comes in, I’ll get a new one, but that ship has to be pulled off the bottom of the Atlantic before it goes anywhere.

  8. bacardipr

    July 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Fight fire with fire AAA ha

  9. Pamikedc

    July 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Yes good point @G7.

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