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Cupcakes to the Rescue?: NLDS Game Four, Phillies at Brewers

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Philadelphia Phillies
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, Oct 5, 2008, 1:07 PM EDT
Miller Park

Joe Blanton vs Jeff Suppan

Mostly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 60.

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Sloppy, frustrating, uninspired. Last night's defeat to the Brewers was a pretty solid indication of how this Phillies team has been playing all series, but for a couple of high scoring innings in Games One and Two that really covered up just how dysfunctional this offense has really been.

Faced with the prospect of running lefty titan Cole Hamels out on short rest, or on five days rest at home to face truly titanic lefty CC Sabathia in a Game Five series finale, the Phillies chose to save their best for last and instead are running Joe Blanton out today against Jeff Suppan, who despite his struggles recently, pitched like an All-Star for St. Louis in the 2006 postseason. Hopefully the Phils lefthanded bats will wake up against Suppan; if they can't hit against him, they really might not deserve a trip to the NLCS.