Kyle, meet the 2008 Phillies. Phillies, meet Kyle.
Kyle Lohse will take the mound against his former team for the first time, with the Phils coming off a 20-run explosion against the Cardinals Friday night. With the Phils Lohse was 3-0 with a 4.72 ERA, providing the Phils with a bunch of six-inning, three-run starts â€” you know, Kendrickian starts. This season, however, he’s baffling teams with six-inning, one- and two-run starts. He has won his last four starts (23 IP, 5 ER).
The Phils, meanwhile, have Adam Eaton on the hill. Eaton has been quite consistent with a string of Kendrickian starts, including his last, a six-inning, three-run effort against the Braves that the Phils later won. Against the Cardinals (seven starts) he has a 6.82 ERA.
Carlos Ruiz had a career game yesterday (4-for-6, 4 RBI) and is in the starting lineup again.
Phillies: Adam Eaton (2-3) 4.62 ERA
Cardinals: Kyle Lohse (7-2) 3.92 ERA
Gametime: 3:55 p.m. EST
Weather: 83, sunny
Lineup: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Burrell, Jenkins, Feliz, Ruiz, Eaton
Your gameday beer: A recommendation by Phil, it’s Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. I’ve heard varying opinions about this one, but a truth remains: It’s the right beer for a hot day in the Midwest summer sun. Well, it’s a hot day in Saint Louis, so crack one of these open. It’s very lemony (too lemony?), so it screams of dog day beer. Have some barbecue or jerk chicken with this.