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San Francisco Giants (73-60) at Philadelphia Phillies (76-54)
Tim Lincecum (13-4, 2.33) vs. Pedro Martinez (2-0, 4.50 ERA)
Pedro Martinez will be glad to hear that there is no rain in tonight's forecast. However, with Tim Lincecum on the mound, a long rain delay doesn't sound like a bad idea.
The Phillies bats need to wake up for the rubber match of the series. They've scored only one run during the entire series, and 11 in the last six games. It will not be easy to manufacture runs off, arguably, the best pitcher in the National League. Like Brad Penny last night, Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings against the Phillies this season.
Ryan Howard has two home runs in his career against Lincecum. Randy Winn is 6-for-9 with 4 RBI against Pedro since 2004.
In case you have not seen David Wright's ridiculous looking helmet that is mandatory for all minor leaguers next season, don't be surprised to see Shane Victorino sporting a large, "Great Gazoo" type helmet. Victorino will be trying out the new helmet tonight. As usual, Shane will bat second in the lineup. Victorino is batting .267 with a home run in 15 at-bats against Lincecum.