2008 World Series: Game 4: Phillies hoping to take a 3 games to 1 lead over the Rays behind Joe Blanton while waiting for the offense to finally break out.

The 2008 World Series will continued tonight with the fourth game of the seven games series from Philadelphia. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:29 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers in the NLCS on October 13, as he would go five innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phillies’ 7-5 win. In the post-season, his record is 1-0, with a no-decision, with an ERA of 3.27, as he would pitch eleven innings, giving up four earned runs on twelve hits and four walks, while striking out eleven. His regular season record is 9-12 (4-0) with a 4.69 (4.20) ERA in thirty-three starts, where he would give up 110 runs, 103 of which were earned, on 211 hits and 66 walks, while striking out 111 batters in 197 and two-thirds innings. He will be trying for his second post-season win and to put the Phillies in position for clinching the World Series crown at home. The Rays’ will counter with Andy Sonnanstine (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox in the ALCS on October 14, as he would pitch seven and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Rays’ 13-4 win. His post-season record is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA, as he would pitch thirteen innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and two walks, while striking out six. His regular season record is 13-9 with a 4.28 ERA in thirty-two starts, where he would give up 105 runs, 94 of which would be earned, on 212 hits and 37 walks, while striking out 124 in 193 and one-third innings of work. He will be trying for his third post-season win while trying to even the series up at two games apiece.

The keys in this game will be for the Phillies to find some way to get to Sonnanstine with their bats, especially since he seems to give up very few walks. This may require that the batters not only work the count on him, but also go full bore small ball against him to produce runs any way they can. At the same time, Joe Blanton will need to go onto the mound and pitch a better game then he normally would against the Rays. Hopefully Carlos Ruiz will be able to help with that in his pitch selection. The Phillies have a chance to take a commanding three games to one lead in the series and give the ball back to Cole Hamels to possibily clinch the World Series crown on Monday with a win tonight.

The Flyers have won last night, the Eagles have just won this afternoon, and the Phillies won last night. Come on guys, lets make it a weekend victory sweep.



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