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Ex-Phillies were 67% good last night.

I'm going to keep putting former Phillies in these photos for as long as it remains possible
I'm going to keep putting former Phillies in these photos for as long as it remains possible
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Last night was okay if you happen to be one of the Phillies fans supporting the Phillies West, or as they call themselves, the Dodgers. It was okay because two of the three Phillies alumni had pretty good games. Ruiz hit the ball well, though was robbed by Dexter Fowler and roped a ball right to Kris Bryant. Chase Utley was a productive 0-1, coming in as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning. He walked, coming around to score the tying run, and in the 9th he crushed a line drive that was unfortunately right at Mike Rizzo.

But Joe Blanton. Ugh. Blanton has been very good out of the pen this year, but last night he was victimized by some bad managing and then some very bad pitching. He left a couple bases-loaded cement-mixer sliders up in the zone to Miguel Montero who promptly deposited the second one in the right field stands. And that was basically the game.

Some people enjoyed it.

I did not.

So on to tonight, where Kershaw retakes the mound, and the Cubs have had problems with elite pitching all season. If my math is right this will be the 4th time in 10 days Kershaw will be pitching, which is unusual to say the least, and we'll have to see how he holds up. He'll be opposed by Kyle Hendricks who led the league in ERA at 2.13. Like Lester last night, his ERA estimators all say he should be about a run above that, but that's not what happened. Cubs-defense effects and all.

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