Game Chat: Phils Turn to Blanton Tonight to Secure Series Win Over Mets

Game Chat: Phils Turn to Blanton Tonight to Secure Series Win Over Mets

As a fan base reacts to the Phillies losing Roy Halladay for at least 6-8 weeks, the game goes on this evening as the Fightins take on the New York Mets in the second of three at Citi Field.

The offense got an injection of Ty Wigginton in yesterday's 8-4 victory and hope the career day (6 RBI!) can spark Wiggy's bat to stay hot just in time for Hitting Weather™. He'll bat cleanup tonight.

It'll be Joe Blanton (2-2, 4.55) going up against right-hander Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17) this evening in Queens.

Blanton is coming off an ugly no-decision in his last start in which he lasted only 4.1 innings and got beat around for 7 earned on 10 hits. That was the wild contest in which the Phillies beat the Cardinals 10-9. His ERA has jumped from 2.96 to 4.55 over his last two starts and he's been giving up the long ball at an alarming rate.

It'll be just the second MLB start for Mets RHP Hefner, who got shelled in his first go around on May 24 against the Padres at Citi.

Carlos Ruiz is not in the lineup this evening after being evaluated in Philadelphia on Tuesday as well. According to David Hale, Chooch has a mild hamstring strain but is available to pinch hit this evening.

Charlie's lineup this evening: 1. Rollins, 2. Pierre, 3. Pence, 4. Wigginton (BEAST), 5. Victorino, 6. Polanco, 7. Galvis, 8. Schneider, 9. Blanton.

7:10 start from Flushing.

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Some levity in the Halladay situation:

Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham

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Photo: Penn Athletics

Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham

BOX SCORE

NEW YORK -- Chase Edmonds ran for 152 yards, added 49 yards receiving, and scored four total touchdowns to help lead Fordham to a 31-17 win over Penn on Saturday.

Kevin Anderson threw for 231 yards and one TD and Austin Longi added 92 yards receiving for the Rams (2-1).

Edmonds scored three times in the first half and Fordham opened up a 24-10 lead at halftime.

Penn responded late in the third on an Alek Torgersen 2-yard plunge which cut the score to 24-17. The Quakers (0-2) had an opportunity to tie it late but were turned away on downs at the Fordham 27-yard line.

Edmonds added his fourth score on the ensuing drive to put the game out of reach.

Torgersen had 125 yards passing for Penn.

Fordham has won three straight in the series and is now 25-2 at home since 2012, third best in FCS during that time frame.

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Jorge Alfaro is behind the plate for the Phillies tonight and bats eighth. Alfaro has appeared in just four games since being called up earlier this month, and has just one hit in 10 at-bats. 

Tommy Joseph is back in the lineup and batting fifth. Pete Mackanin has said that Ryan Howard would get a lot of playing time during the last few games, but it is Joseph who gets the start tonight. Joseph is batting just .154 against the Mets this season. 

Odubel Herrera, who has been hitting well in September, will remain in the three spot. He has two homers and is batting .391 over the past week. Herrera has two hits in six at-bats against Mets' starter Sean Gilmartin. 

Phillies

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, RF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF 
4. Maikel Franco, 3B 
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Darin Ruf, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Alec Asher, P