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Gameday: Phillies (73-61) At Cubs (84-50)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, August 29, 2008 01:41 PM | Comments: 280
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Headline: Former teammates face off for different teams
The Major Players: Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, JC Romero, Shane Victorino
The Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Number: 1 game behind (Mets)

Yesterday sucked. The Phillies carried a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning but lost to the Cubs, 6-4. Today Joe Blanton faces former teammate Rich Harden, who has been almost unhittable since joining Chicago.

History Lesson: Earlier in the season, Harden beat the Phillies without barely doing much work. He gave up just two hits, both to Shane Victorino. The Flyin’ Hawaiian will need to “do work” today..

Blantonator: Blanton has a 3.00 ERA in his last five starts. Sunday he pitched pretty well against the Dodgers, en route to a victory over the Blue.

Not The Light!: The Phillies are 16-21 in daytime.

Revert: Charlie Manuel is back to the old lineup, with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hitting three and four and Victorino in the two-hole.

Phillies: Joe Blanton (6-12) 4.75 ERA
Cubs: Rich Harden (9-2) 2.00 ERA

Gametime: 2:20 p.m. EST
Weather: 82, partly cloudy
Lineup: Rollins/Victorino/Utley/Howard/Burrell/Werth/Dobbs/Ruiz/Blanton

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Your gameday beer: The Surly Brewing Company presents CynicAle. And why not? I’m pretty cynical about this teamoing into today’s game. Harden sports a 2.00 ERA. I mean, 2.00! And the Phils are not a good daytime team. Add that to recent bullpen woes, and this isn’t a recipe for victory. One can only hope, though! Oh, enjoy this with a chicken pesto and mozarella sandwich.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    So the Umps took at least one run away from us on that last bad call. Gave the Cubs a run (with the help of Jimmy Rollins) on that botched stolen base call.

    Just a bad crew today.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Is the easiest call for any umpire the play at first? Damn that call hurts. At the same time, 2 weak groundballs to the right by our highest paid players gets us what we deserve.

    Ryan Howard trying to leg out an error by the first baseman in a pennant race to get the third run across… come on.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I wonder how people have become alcoholics because of tthe Phillies? I’ll bet no one has THAT stat!

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Anybody find it funny that Davely Lopes likes to hang around first when there are botched calls?

     
  • Posts: 0 Runshouse

    Tagutchi… really?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    This is great! Go METS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    So the count to Werth was something like 5-4, right? Because I can’t make sense of Welke’s strike zone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Now it the umps? Always having excuses!

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Just heard a great quote from Dave Sparado on ESPNNEWS.

    “Philly fans dont go away when you lose, they just get louder.”

    Of course he was referring to the Eagles fan but I think it refers to the whole fan base.

    Get one across now Phils, 2 men on no out. This is the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Close SJ Mike- I think he called pitch 5 a half strike, something he invented earlier today.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    That is a good quote. D-E-S-E-A-N! DeSean!

     
  • Posts: 0 PhilPhan

    why are we not bunting!?!?

     
  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Good one Georgie……I have known quite a few who had a booze problem because of them..
    .I need to go and tip one right now.. ..
    Phils are super stress givers this year…I might take a few games off just to calm my nerves..

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    My gf got me an Asante Samuel jersey for my b-day. Man, it looks good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    TJ Says “Philly fans dont go away when you lose, they just get louder.”
    Then you better cover your ears the rest of the year!

     
  • Posts: 0 PhilPhan

    im so angry right now

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Hhehehehehhehehehehhehehehe Phillies Suck

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Nice fake SO! Wow!

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Harry and Wheels are starting to sound disgusted, it’s almost time for harry’s cocktail.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Man you are just a riot today, “Phillies suck”

    Is this how you spend your free time? Coming here everytime the Phils are behind. You just cannot wait to sign on when you see that score huh?

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    What is everyone so pissed off about in the last 10 minutes?

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Can Pedro rescue this team again.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    NEPA, the awful umpire crew in this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    DOBBS NOT GETTING THE RUNNERS OVER

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Why do we suck in the clutch?

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Man, generally umpires change the corner strikes at least in different innings. Welke likes to change it every batter.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    wow, we suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Dobbs should have bunted.

    Marmol has a dirty slider. Feliz and Coste made him look like a Cy Young right there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Uh, NEPA, the Phils are losing again, and now it’s time for our favorite inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    I know, but I can’t see the game so I had no clue the umps we’re screwing us that bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scheity

    Griffin: “Stan, I realize that we have NO shot at anything. I predicted we’d go 0-4 this series and I’ve seen nothing to dispute that. Late in the year, we’ll sweep the braves and the nats and finish 3 or 4 games behind the Muts and make it look like a race, but we’ve been kidding ourselves all along about this mediocre team.”

    Spot on. Yeah, we had a comeback against the Mets. But we gave it back the next night, then gave another one back the night after and look to be offering up another punchless game the next day. Good teams don’t do that. Teams that burn to win don’t do that.

    We want to win…and that just ain’t enough.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Why didn’t Dobbs bunt? Not like it matters with back to back K’s afterwards.

    Feels like another crushing defeat coming…

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    “Pitcher Change: Rudy Seanez replaces Clay Condrey.” That just screams LOSS.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    NEPA – catch the replay at 7 or 130 am if you wanna see for yourself. I suggest you take our word for it and celebrate the weekend.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    I think we can rally in the ninth against Marmol if we can get out of this inning with only 11 more Cubs runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Castro warming up in bullpen!

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    NEPA, the umps are screwing both sides so bad. It has been an incredibly enigmatic strike zone that changes and evolves every batter. There’s been no consistency.

    Earlier in the game, Jimmy Rollins tagged a runner stealing second but it was called safe. Then Rollins overthrew on a double play ball that allowed a run to score.

    Then Blanton gave up 3 walks and Eyre 1 walk to walk in a run. The strike zone was questionable there.

    Utley was called safe on a ground ball he was out on. With that break, the Phils could’ve scored, but Howard was called out on a ground ball he was clearly safe on.

    And then again, the strike zone just changes, for both sides. It’s an awful, awful game from an umpire’s standpoint for both sides.

     
  • Posts: 0 PhilPhan

    because charlie sweats dobbs’ fucking nuts and figures he’ll just bop one out with the wind blowing dead in. Such bullshit. that was a poorly managed inning. We needed ONE RUN. MANUFACTURE IT. FUCK

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Saenez sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    TJ look who’s warming up!

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    First time Buster Olney’s ever been wrong.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Maybe it won’t be a crushing loss, the Phils might just get crushed. 2 on already and no outs.

    SWEET!

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    @ TJ – I wish I could, but the Phils aren’t on TV where I am. I’m getting mlb.tv starting tomorrow.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    If I were hitting against Rudy Seanez, I wouldn’t give up outs by bunting. Swing away!

     
  • Posts: 0 METS UP 2 GAMES 27 TO PLAY

    Howdy guys

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    How come the Cubs can do all the little things like sacrafice and the Phils can’t?

    That probably explains why they have the best record in baseball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mets up 7 with 17 to play

    hey, how you doing?

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Why is it that the Phils offense is only unstoppable when we already have 5+ run leads?

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    haha

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    LOL @ Griffin

     
 
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