Last night turned out to be a classic, playoff-style battle between two ultra-competitive teams. And our good guys won, 4-3, in the most miraculous of ways. They are now 3.5 up on the rest of the NL East and are 11 games over .500.
Tonight Kyle Kendrick will try and rebound from an OK start. Against the Braves he is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA. Meanwhile the offense gets a crack at Jo-Jo Reyes, who gave up five runs in 6.2 innings against the Phils May 13. A lefty, Jo-Jo will get the righty lineup, including newly activated Jayson Werth, who comes back from a 15-day DL stint. He’ll start in right field.
Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (5-2) 5.00 ERA
Braves: Jo-Jo Reyes (2-3) 4.78 ERA
Gametime: 7 p.m. EST
Weather: 91 degrees, sunny
Lineup: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Burrell, Werth, Feliz, Ruiz, Kendrick
Your gameday beer: It’s like, really, really hot outside. Here in Connecticut it’s 90 degrees. In Philly it’s a toasty 95+. Atlanta is hot, as well. For that, break out the great Summer favorite, Sam Adams Summer Ale. Light and refreshing, it’s a smooth lemony beer that lets you ease back and enjoy the slowness of summer anytime. You can eat a lot with it, but I’ll go with the American hot dog, a perfect summer combination.