That wasn’t fun. The Phillies had a lead last night going into the eighth inning, but they lost. Cole Hamels was again denied double figure wins. Moreover, the Phils couldn’t stay the course; the Mets and Marlins are nipping on their heels, as they’ve been doing for months now.
Go Joe, Go: Joe Blanton pitched seven sparkling innings against the Pirates Friday night. But the Phillies offense decided to take one of their (seemingly) 40 vacation days.
Penny For Your Thoughts: Brad Penny, the former All-Star Game starter, has a career 3.33 ERA against the Phillies. He also dated Alyssa Milano.
Shane On You: Shane Victorino, who left the game early last night, is listed as day-to-day with back pain. Vic isn’t starting tonight.
Phillies: Joe Blanton (6-12) 4.71 ERA
Dodgers: Brad Penny (6-9) 5.66 ERA
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EST
Weather: 80, fair
Your gamenight beer: Tonight we have Lagunitas’ Cappuccino Stout. Yeah, who doesn’t love a nice cappuccino at the end of a long day? Last year I was sitting in an Italian villa, sipping on cappuccino as the sun set and the stars began to burn in the expansive European sky. So get as close as you can to that with this wonderful drink. It’s a late one — eat a cannoli with this.