8:22 PM ET from Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine
Outcome: To be honest, Blanton scares me, but I cant decipher if its more or less then Jamie Moyer. I knew deep down Moyer would be throwing meatballs across the plate and that’s what scares me about Blanton. He sucked during the regular season after we acquired him (Eaton-esque) and his only really good game came in the NLCS. PLEASE FOR LOVE OF GOD continue to pitch well Joey. I think the Phils are revving to go on all cylinders after last night’s small tussle in the infield after the Kuroda/Victorino incident. God I would of loved Vic to JACK UP Hiroki.
Anyway look for the Phils to have Lowe’s number after facing him in Game 1 and to be hot in the batters box and flying around the base paths. I also see the Dodgers getting to Blanton a bit and the scoring to be high and often. Maybe Ryan Howard will actually do something with the bat tonight as well. Phils win, Phils win.
Final: PHI 7 LA 4
Player of the Game: Jimmy Rollins – 3 for 4, 3 Rs, 2 SBs, 1 RBI
Outcome: After the intensity level was kicked up a few notches last night, we turn right around and get back on the field tonight for Game 4. Joe Blanton gets the nod against Dodger ace Derek Lowe coming back on 3 days rest.
Lowe baffled the Phils hitters minus one inning in game 1, but that inning was all Phils needed as Lowe was pinned with the loss. Look for the Phils bats to be a little more successful this time around, as a shoot-out will break out tonight.
Look for the scoreboard to start firing up in the middle to late innings as the 2 pitchers will come out throwing strikes trying not to fire up things like last night, for fear of ejections and suspensions, and then try to challenge the hitters the second time around, unsuccessfully. The Phils pen will out-duel the Dodgers and send the Phillies to a 3-1 series lead on a 10-7 Phillies victory.
Final: PHI 10 LA 7
Player of the Game: Jayson Werth – 4 for 6, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs