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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 Phillies Suck

    Great since the Phillies are losing!

     
  • Posts: 0 1 RING OVER 100 YEARS OR MORE

    am fine yourself?

     
  • Posts: 0 2nd fiddle in your own town

    not bad, thanks

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Danny – Its not like I reported it, it was what the announcers said and Buster Olney. Again, no announcement has been made either.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    TJ!

     
  • Posts: 0 Go Marlins

    Terrible, since we are out by 6.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Haha, yes danny?

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    You ready to strand the tying run in scoring position to end the game?!

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Marmol is gonna own us again.

     
  • Posts: 0 JIMMY ROLLINS

    well my fellow front runners are season is not coming for a while mets are going to win it i feel ashamed guys maybe next season o wait knowing the mets their going to get another superstar off the free agent list boy do they have money i tell ya!

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Go Marlins, why do your fans suck so bad at showing up? No cash? What’s the deal with Miami/TB? Spend all your monies at the club? At the tanning booth?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Is Jimmy serious? Now hes starting to piss me off, he swings at the worst pitch during that at bat.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Game over.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    Marmol has a ridiculous slider.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    take care everyone, enjoy your weekend. Just disgusting.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Tyler – thats the truth.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Im speechless, terrible baseball.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Enjoy your Friday fellas.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Yes Philllies LOSE!!! Drinks on me!! Get on your short Yellow buses and meet me at the bar!!

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Yea, I think this series might end up being the end of the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Great song they are playing at the stadium!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Hey, Chicago, what do you say
    The Cubs are gonna win today.

    They’re singing …
    Go, Cubs, go
    Go, Cubs, go

    Hey, Chicago, what do you say
    The Cubs are gonna win today.

    Go, Cubs, go
    Go, Cubs, go

    Hey, Chicago, what do you say
    The Cubs are gonna win today.

    They got the power, they got the speed
    To be the best in the National League
    Well this is the year and Cubs are real
    So come on down to Wrigley Field

    We’re singing now …

    Go, Cubs, go
    Go, Cubs, go
    Hey, Chicago, what do you say
    The Cubs are gonna win today.

    Go, Cubs, go
    Go, Cubs, go
    Hey, Chicago, what do you say
    The Cubs are gonna win today.

    Baseball time is here again
    You can catch it all on WGN
    So stamp you feet and clap your hands
    Chicago Cubs got the greatest fans.

    You’re singing now …

    Go, Cubs, go
    Go, Cubs, go
    Hey, Chicago, what do you say
    The Cubs are gonna win today.

    Go, Cubs, go
    Go, Cubs, go
    Hey, Chicago, what do you say
    The Cubs are gonna win today.

     
  • Posts: 0 CUBS CRUISIN PHILS LOSIN

    2 down, 2 to go

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    See you guys. I’m taking the next 2 off.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    If the Phillies losing proves anything, its that some people who show up here clearly need to get themselves a girlfriend that isn’t inflatable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Weres Lidge when you need him?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Bullpen is back to reality! go METS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    The only thing it proves is that they S*CK!

     
  • Posts: 0 LetsGoMets!

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Wow I ques I know how to clear a room of Phillies fans now!

     
  • Posts: 0 LetsGoMets!

    that’s 3 in a row losers

     
  • Posts: 0 CARLOS BELTRAN

    WE ARE THE TEAM TO BEAT = SOMOS EL EQUIPO QUE USTEDES TIENEN QUE GANARLE

    2008 NL EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS

     
  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    Well this quickly turned into a Mets board.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil Thadelphia

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil Thadelphia

    I love coming here to watch Philadephians wallow in their own crapulence when the Phillies provide them another heaping pile of sports misery. I love it when the dummies here whine about it, too. Only thing better is when they stomp off in a cloud of disgust because they’ve gotten their quota of ass and can’t suck any more.

    Thanks for providing so much entertainment all in one place. If y’all would have pictures of hit chicks in bikinis, I might never log off.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    Cubs: 1908 and counting. And guess what? They AIN’T winning this year, either.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    We should call this site METS NATION NOW!!!!!! What do you think. Sounds great!

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Another tough loss for the Phils…I didn’t watch the game because i don’t get it,but i seen replays and the umps made some bad calls in the game…God i can’t wait until the day replay makes it’s way into the infield because it will someday.

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Phillies Suck:I think you should change you name to Cock Sucker,it suites you better.

     
  • Posts: 0 MCSP

    I’m a Mets fan too, but come on guys get off the website. If Phillies fans were to get on metsblog after every loss, we’d all be throwing huge bitch fits.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Cole Hamels didnt talk to media after yesterday’s game, but later gave a statement to the effect “Going 105-110 pitches is pushing the envelope, especially this time of year. His body is taking a toll from so many innings pitched this season, and in that game he threw 20+ pitches in the 7th inning, which also took a toll on him. He completely trusts the bullpen, it just didn’t work out that time.” Not exact quote, but that’s about it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    This edition of drivel and “So called” Mets fans are making LEGITIMATE Mets fans look bad. “Phillies $v(#” has insulted himself for basically singing the cubs praises in the blog with THEIR theme song.What kind of a Met fan are you? Old school Mets fans HATED THE cubs for a long time.Worry about the Marlins and not the Phillies this weekend because the Marlins are not a team to take lightly and a sweep puts the Marlins back in it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike B.

    Anyone for bringing Mitch Williams back? Was better known as Wild Thing.

    Phillies ownership wants us to support an inferior product because they were too tight to sign Rowand and Lohse last winter and failed to get any help for the team before the end of the recent trade deadline.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Joe Carter is retired, so I’m all for bringing Mitchie back. I was 6 years old when he gave up that home run, and my dad still tells me how I went over to the garbage and threw my maroon Phillies hat into it, balling my eyes out. I would definitely do that today if something like that happened again, no doubt.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    NEPA – hahaha thats priceless.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Mets are threatening in the top of the ninth down one. Two out, Bases Loaded with Beltran up.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Wow, Beltran hits a grand slam. Thought the Marlins could limit the damage for us, but no such luck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Beltran Bomb!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    YES! GOODNIGHT PHILLIE FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 David, the Mets fan from Queens

    Is Matt Stairs really forty years old?

    The Beltran bomb was nice to watch. My girlfriend was sleeping and my excitement woke up her. The play by our MVP third baseman was nice as well.

    Keith Hernandez: “Divisions are WON like this.”

     
 
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