Boston Red Sox (23-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-16)
Tim Wakefield, RHP (0-2, 5.31 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay, RHP (6-2, 1.64 ERA)
Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Showers, 67
TV: MyPHL 17
UPDATE: Big news – Zach Galifanakis and Bradley Cooper are throwing out the first pitch for todays game. Nice!
That was a close one. Daisuke Matsuzaka nearly no-hit the Phillies last night following a start in which he couldn’t get through five innings and gave up seven earned runs. Today is a different story, as Roy Halladay takes the mound in search of his 7th victory. The kids call it “Win Day” when Doc takes the hill. And rightfully so.
Halladay was the hard luck loser last time out against Pittsburgh, going the distance and tossing 132 pitches as the Phils lost 2-1. He’s facing a much more potent lineup today, however, he’s seen them a good deal in his illustrious career. The Doc is just 14-14 in 38 career starts vs. BOS, with an ERA of 4.28. His best work clearly hasn’t been against the Sawks, but this is also a different team than he’s seen before.
Today’s Red Sox lineup has Victor Martinez and Kevin Youkilis in it – both were absent from yesterday’s order. Both are All-Stars, both know Halladay well. On the mound is the rubber-armed Tim Wakefield. The story goes, “if it’s high left it fly, if it’s low let it go” with that nasty knuckler. You’ll usually know if he’s on from the first inning. This season, he hasn’t been as crisp, but he’s also pushing 50. Patience is the key for the Phillies bats today.
Polly and Chooch get the day off today after a night game yesterday. Nothing there, just a routine resting day.
Tonight’s Lineup:Victorino (CF), Dobbs (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Castro (SS), Hoover (C), Kendrick (P).
Your gamenight beer: Philadelphia Fleur de Lehigh
Philadelphia Brewing Company makes some so-so beers, but this one is probably their best concoction. It was their first Select Ale and now Fleur de Lehigh is part of the regular line up for the summer months. This unfiltered golden ale is brewed with chamomile, rhubarb, ginger, rose hips, and lemon grass; then fermented with our Belgian yeast strain to provide a uniquely full flavored yet highly drinkable spring/summer brew. 4.2 % abv makes it manageable for a six pack. Grab some at our favorite establishment, The Grey Lodge Pub – it’s on tap now. –By Pat