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Gameday 2009

Gameday: Cubs (47-44) vs. Phillies (52-38)

Chicago Cubs (47-44) at Philadelphia Phillies (52-38)

Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 69
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies will attempt their tenth straight victory.  They haven’t won ten in a row since 1991 when they won 13 straight.

The rain wiped out Joe Blanton’s last start after 1.1 innings.  He gave up two runs on 24 pitches, but luckily for him, the game was postponed.  The rescheduled game will not be until September, but Blanton will start today, three days after the washout.  In his last nine starts, Blanton is 4-1 with a 2.44 earned run average.

After blowouts, the Phillies always seem to have trouble scoring in the following night.  After a ten-run outburst, the Phillies need to keep up their offense against a struggling Rich Harden.  Harden has a 5.06 ERA, but was better in his last start.  Granted, he faced the Nationals, but on the road he is 5-1 with a 2.17 ERA.

Woodchuck Dry and DarkYour Gameday Beer – Amstel
No, not Amstel Light…Amstel, it’s big brother. Named after the river that flows through Amsterdam, Amstel tastes like a mix between Heineken and Bud. It has the complexity of Heineken (not to mention it’s owned by them) without the bite – definitely a macrobrew.  Around Holland you can pick up a can of Amstel in vending machines which is most convenient when you don’t know the language. I’d recommend a fancy hot dog with all your preferred toppings tonight. – By Brian


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