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Game 89: Nationals at Phillies, July 10, 2005

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OK, I tried the fancy formatting, and it didn't work, so here are the basics:  Esteban Loaiza and his sub 4 ERA and only 7 HR allowed against Jon Lieber and his 5+ ERA and 22 HR allowed.  Hmmm.....  In the high heat of a Philadelphia summer day, today could be the antidote to yesterday's 1-0 pitcher's duel.  At least, that is, if the Phils' bats come to play.

1    Brad Wilkerson, CF   
2    Jamey Carroll, SS     
3    Jose Vidro, 2B           
4    Jose Guillen, RF       
5    Carlos Baerga, 1B     
6    Vinny Castilla, 3B     
7    Matt Cepicky, LF       
8    Brian Schneider, C     
9    Esteban Loaiza, P     

1    Jimmy Rollins, SS
2    Kenny Lofton, CF
3    Bobby Abreu, RF
4    Pat Burrell, LF
5    Chase Utley, 2B
6    Ryan Howard, 1B
7    David Bell, 3B
8    Todd Pratt, C
9    Jon Lieber, P

A series win?  Two wins in a row?  Going into the All-Star break on a high note, only 7.5 games back?

Or, another series loss?  Going into the All-Star break with a sub-.500 record and almost 10 games back?

Today's game will decide.