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Gameday 2009

Gamenight: Marlins (20-25) At Phillies (24-18)

marlinslogoFlorida Marlins (20-25) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-18)
Chris Volstad (3-3, 3.64 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer (3-4, 7.62 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies are coming off an 8-2 road trip, and will set shop in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park, where they’re merely a 8-12 team. Luckily they’ll play the Marlins, a team they’ve swept already this season.

Jamie Moyer, having a poor season by anyone’s standards, gets to face a team he’s dominated in the past. This season he’s already defeated them — his best start, a six-inning, one-run performance on April 26, came before his worst stretch, which he made up for slightly with an OK outing Wednesday night against Cincinnati. Career Moyer is 12-1 with a 2.84 ERA against the Marlins, an ever-young collection of free swingers.

Chris Volstad pitches for Florida. He had a good start last time against the Phillies — a seven-inning, three-run outing that drove him to a season-high 105 pitches. He has pitched at least six innings in his last six starts, though his last two have been among his worst this year (both four runs allowed).

After an 11-inning affair against the Yankees, it’s possible Clay Condrey and Brad Lidge might be unavailable. Ryan Madson didn’t throw too much Sunday, so he could be good to go. Chad Durbin, too. Bottom line: This could very well be a Chan Ho Park night if Moyer doesn’t throw too well.

Driving the empty wheelbarrow is Jayson Werth, hitless in his last nine at bats, which were, ironically, against primarily left-handed pitching.

Your gamenight beer: Cue the foghorn. Coming in from sea is this beauty from Anchor — Old Foghorn ale. An American barleywine, it’s intensely strong and laced with bitter and fruity tastes. It’s a fantastic session beer, and on this the day we fete and honor our troops, it’s a nice way to tip the cap: Celebrate on this glorious Memorial Day evening with a strong brew that recalls the old sea (My family has Naval influence). Happy Memorial Day.

Go Phillies!

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