The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their three-game visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and is to start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).
The Phils won the first game of the three-game series with a four-hit, four-run outburst in the first inning against eventual loser Tim Lincecum, who had been awful in his first three starts of the young season, despite having struck out sixteen batters, before eventually winning the game, 5-2, behind their ace Roy Halladay, who, as he won his third start, first pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam with less than two outs in the bottom of the first inning, before eventually breezing along in his last four innings, before handing the ball off to Jonathan Papelbon,who recorded his third save of the year.
The Phils will be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a solid victory over the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. Against the Giants, Kentucky Joe has a 2-3 career record with an ERA of 4.73, while he had struck out 24 Giants. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve upon his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a strong win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. Bumgarner, who had just finishing signing a five-year contract with the Giants, has a career record of 0-1 against the Phils with a 2.25 ERA, as he had struck out just nine Phils. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants, while trying to show that he deserved the contract that he had just finished signing.