Milwaukee Brewers (4-9) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)
Braden Looper (1-0, 3.27 ERA vs. Joe Blanton (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
Weather: Cloudy, 54
TV: Comcast Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Bashing was in order Tuesday against Milwaukee, as the Phillies offense took advantage of poor pitching by Manny Parra. Tonight they get a recognizable face: Braden Looper, who is 2-6 with a 5.53 ERA against the Phils, probably his worst overall effort against any National League team. Individually, the Phils have good numbers against Looper – in five career at bats against Looper, Ryan Howard has four home runs. Seriously. Chase Utley is a .364 hitter against Looper; Jimmy Rollins is hitting .333 against him. Back to Howard – anything less than three home runs tonight is failure.
The Phils throw Joe Blanton out there. He handled Milwaukee well in 2008, including a fine start in game four of the National League Division Series, to take the series. Mike Cameron has hit Blanton considerably well, knocking two home runs in his four career at bats against Kentucky Joe.
Again, the game is airing on the Comcast Network, now thanks to the Sixers playoff chase.
Your gamenight beer: Kentucky Joe takes the mound, and what better way to celebrate the man after his first Phillies loss than with Bluegrass Nut Brown Ale, right from his home state’s Bluegrass Brewery. Laced with caramel and nutty flavors, this English Brown is much like Newcastle, but probably a little sweeter. It goes well with a fat burger. A big, fat, Kentucky Joe burger. Yeah, kid.