After splitting the first two games of the series, the Philadelphia Phillies have a chance to win a second game against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. The Phillies desperately need another win to salvage what has been a rough month; Wednesday night's win was only their third of the month.
Joe Blanton gets the ball to start. Like his team, Blanton could stand to get things on track. He has given up at least five earned runs in each of his last five starts. During that span his ERA has ballooned from 2.96 to 5.40, thanks in part to allowing a total of 11 home runs through that same period.
Minnesota counters with Scott Diamond, 5-1, a pitcher who has not allowed an earned run in either of his last two starts. In seven starts this season, the lefty has a 1.61 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
The game starts at 8:10 p.m. Eastern from Target Field in Minneapolis. Fans can see the game on PHL 17.