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Game Thread #156: Phillies (89-65) at Brewers (77-78)

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Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-1

Thu 09/24 WP: J.A. Happ (11 - 4)
LP: Jeff Suppan (7 - 11)
4 - 9 loss
Fri 09/25 WP: Manny Parra (11 - 10)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Cliff Lee (7 - 3)
8 - 4 win
Sat 09/26 WP: Trevor Hoffman (2 - 2)
LP: Tyler Walker (2 - 1)
7 - 5 win

Philadelphia Phillies
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009, 1:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Joe Blanton vs Dave Bush

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

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During the Packer game's commercial breaks be sure to join us here, where the Brewers are playing their final home game of 2009, looking to get back to ,500 for the first time since August 15, and looking to post a winning record at home for the fifth consecutive season.

Follow the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineup and conversation about today's game!

Joe Blanton (11-7, 3.82) has turned a pretty nice 2008 postseason into a solid 2009 season, and will be rewarded with the opportunity to pitch in the postseason again. He's struggled a bit with the long ball: he's currently third in the NL with 28 allowed, but that's still 11 less than Braden Looper. He strikes out more than enough batters (7.6 K/9), doesn't walk all that many (2.6 BB/9), and might be one of the NL's better back-of-the-rotation starters. On top of that, he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last two starts.

Before the season, Dave Bush (5-8, 6.22) was #10 on Blanton's list of comparable pitchers, but they've taken very different paths since then. Bush is just trying to put together a strong finish for what's been a somewhat disastrous season, peppered with injury and ineffectiveness. He lasted just 1.1 innings his last time out, allowing six runs on four hits and four walks. Even with a couple of nice starts in there, he's posted a 7.76 ERA in six starts since returning from the DL in August.

Here's today's lineup, courtesy of Tyler Barnes:

Craig Counsell 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Alcides Escobar SS
Mike Rivera C
Dave Bush P

And in the bullpen:

Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (18 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Friday.Todd Coffey pitched one inning (9 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Friday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched one inning (22 pitches) last night.
Claudio Vargas faced two batters (8 pitches) Friday.
David Weathers
pitched .1 innings (6 pitches) Friday.
Mitch Stetter faced one batter (2 pitches) Friday.Josh Butler has not pitched since Thursday.John Axford has not pitched since Thursday.
Chris Smith
has not pitched since Thursday.Mike Burns has not pitched since Tuesday.
Seth McClung
has not pitched since Monday.

Enjoy the game(s)!