Pedro Martinez (NR) vs. Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 6.29 ERA)
Time: 8:05 p.m at Wrigley Field
Weather: Clear, 73
TV: ESPN, Comcast Sports Net
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Tonight should be a fairly momentous evening for the Fightin’s. After stealing the first game of the series last night, thanks to a Ben Francisco, 12th-inning homer, Pedro Martinez will make his first start as a member of the Phillies. He will be opposed by flamethrower (and former Notre Dame football star) Jeff Samardzija.
Last night, the Phils squeaked out a victory, winning 4-3 in extras. They did not hit well, they did not pitch very well, but somehow, they managed a W. At 8:05, Pedro-mania will hit Chicago, and hopefully can spark the Phillies as they continue on their six-game road trip. Martinez has not pitched in nearly 11 months, and although he pitched well in his three rehab assignments, he is certainly seen as an unknown.
Samardzjia is making a spot start in place of the injured Carlos Zambrano. The 6’5” righty has appeared in 16 games this season, but is starting for the first time in his career. It’s imperative the Phillies try to get at the newbie early, and get the offense back into a rhythm. With just 42 career games under his belt, Samardzija is prime for the pickin’.
One factor to watch for is the wind. It’s blowing in from right field tonight, which could again keep this a pitchers duel.
Your Gameday Beer – Allagash White
This is a really good beer that is fortunately becoming more widely available around the country. The White name lets you know it’s a Witbier – way better than the more ubiquitous Blue Moon or Hoegaarden. It has citrus wheat flavors along with some strong fall scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg which make it a great late summer ale. It is refreshing and smooth and very enjoyable to drink. It pairs well with a sweet chicken dish like Hawaiian or teriyaki style. – By Brian