Derek Lowe (0-1, 3.38) vs. Joe Blanton (0-0, -.--).
COMMENTS: What a difference one game makes. We're back in this, mofos! The Dodgers, with fire in their belly and yearning in their souls, return to the field today after yesterday's 7-2 shellacking of Jamie Moyer and the Phillies.
But lest anyone get complacent, let's not forget one more Phillies win puts them a breath away from taking the series. The Dodgers trot out Lowe on three days' rest in hopes that he can sinkerball his way to his first NLCS victory; although Nomar Garciaparra performed admirably in his first playoff start this year, expect James Loney to start against the right-handed Blanton.
In 11 innings of work over two games against L.A. this season, Philadelphia's mid-season acquisition Blanton gave up 15 hits, five runs, two home runs, and six walks, but also had ten strikeouts. (The Dodgers and Phillies split those two games.)
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