The Phillies (59-50) will continue their three games set with the Cardinals (62-50, 3rd National League Central) with a night game tonight from Busch Stadium. The game will start at 7:15 pm Eastern (6:15 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (5-12, 5.13), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 27, when he would pitch only two innings thanks to a two hours plus rain delay, as he gave up two earned runs on three hits, in the Phillies’ 12-10 win. This will be Blanton’s first career start against the Cardinals, which will hopefully end in Blanton’s favor. Blanton will be trying for his first career win as a Phil as he makes his third start since being traded to the Phillies. The Cardinals’ starter will be Braden Looper (10-4, 4.38), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 28, going seven strong innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits, in the Cardinals’ 12-3 win. He has faced the Phillies already this year back on July 10, where he would go six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Cardinals’ 4-1 lost. Looper will be trying to improve his season record while seeing if he can do better than he did the first time against the Phillies.
The Phillies will be trying to do better then they did last night when they were only able to get five hits, all of them against the Cardinals’ starter, Kyle Lohse. They will also be trying to score some runs for Blanton, something he didn’t get much of either from the A’s or in his first two starts as a Phil, while the rest of the Phils will be looking for a good start from Blanton in return.
The Phillies are leading the Mets by a game as they prepare to meet the Astros tonight. The Marlins trail the Phils by a game and a half as they play the Rockies. The Phillies now lead the Braves by nine and a half games as they have just lost to the Brew Crew. The Phillies, as they now look to win the series and the road trip, will be trying to put some distance between themselves and their rivals, especially the Braves who are about to enter the point of no return in the pennant race.