Red Sox (18-21) at Phillies (21-19)
Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71) vs. Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)
This is a Phillies team we have grown to know. Piecing together walks and hits to score runs. As team they managed only six hits last night but pulled out a win behind the good outing from starter Cole Hamels.
The Phillies will look for another good outing from tonight’s starter Joe Blanton. In his last start he only allowed one run in seven innings and is 3-0 over his last four starts.
Blanton will be up against Jon Lester who has faired very well when pitching against Philadelphia. With 21 innings under his belt, Lester is 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA. In those 21 innings, the Phillies have only managed one run and 10 hits. They will need to step their game up if they plan on keeping this win streak alive.
The Red Sox will be playing David Ortiz at first base after the Big Papi was called on to pinch hit in last night’s ball game. The move will put Adrian Gonzalez in right field.
Ortiz, Gonzo and company have had a lot of success against Blanton. Big Joe will have to some kind of smoke and mirror trick tonight to get ahead of hitters.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Mayberry LF, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 3B, Luna 1B, Galvis 2B, Blanton P
Your gameday beer: Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
Blonde ale mixed with blueberry juice and natural blueberry flavor, the Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale has a mild taste, defined by slightly bitter hops that really show off the blueberry undertone as you swallow. The refreshing blueberry taste is perfect for warmer spring nights like tonight, when our collective foot is just on the doorstep of summer. Have it with some fresh vegetables and pasta. –By Ryan