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Gamenight: Phillies (73-60) At Cubs (83-50)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, August 28, 2008 06:00 PM | Comments: 287
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Headline: The need for a split starts tonight
The Major Players: Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Aramis Ramirez, Fabio Castro
The Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Number: 0.5 games behind (Mets)

The Phillies split with the Mets, so we’re back at square one. Of course. Tonight a huge four-game set with the Cubs begins. The Cubs are the best team in the National League, by record, and should prove to be an incredibly hard test for the Phightins. The Phils took two from the Cubs back in April at Citizens Bank Park.

Curious Cub: Ryan Dempster is a crazy case. Between 1998 and 2003 he started, and had a 3.66 ERA in 2000. Other than that season, he has been pretty horrible as a starter. But this year? A 2.85 ERA.

Demp Yard: A few Phillies have hit Dempster well. Jimmy Rollins is .444 in nine at bats and Eric Bruntlett has a home run in two bats against Dempster.

Cole Snap: Cole Hamels has pitched twice in Wrigley Field. His numbers: 10 IP, 5.43 ERA.

Phillies: Cole Hamels (11-8) 3.20 ERA
Cubs: Ryan Dempster (15-5) 2.85 ERA

Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 76, cloudy
Lineup:

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Your gamenight beer: My good friend and beer God recommended to me Creme Brulee Stout from the Southern Tier company. He said it wipes out dessert for a whole week, and goes best after chicken and fries. Clearly a dessert drink, it’s made for slow sipping, so enjoy it if you can tonight with Cole on the hill.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Wow, you ARE a fan. Good for you. Best of luck on the trip and I hope the Phils and the Iggles make your trip worth it! Now get some sleep and hopefully you’ll get good news in the morning!

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Through 4 innings. Very impressive line for Hamels right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    yeah, Spurs-west ham is a big game. Unfortunately I predict mid-table mediocrity for both of us…as long as Spurs beat West Ham and the Arsenal scum, then I’ll be happy…

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    oh, I forgot to mention Chelski…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    tom mccarthy = inappropriate

     
  • Posts: 0 fred

    Lol yeah baseball tonights taping so i’ll put that on when i get up. Thanks, good luck with your quest to see a premier league game, although I can’t say I approve of your choice of team ;) see y’all tomorrow night

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Mie T. – What did he say, im watching Step Brothers on my laptop while having the game on mute.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    haha, night Fred! let’s go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    just calling out older fans, and then saying, “oh yeah, that’s more like it” as the camera pans to a younger blonde chick

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Sounds about right. C’mon Vic, slap a single.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    what did tmac say now

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Wow Vic, wow. Is it just me or did it look like he was taking that all the way then when the ball was at the plate he tried to hit it, just a bad sequence.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    damn

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Man, if we’re going to win this game, we need to capitalize with these RISP at least a couple of times.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Chances of the Cubs not scoring a run tonight, 0.5%. We’re gonna be looking back at our many opportunities and saying we should of pulled this one out

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Wow…that may have been the worst swing I’ve ever seen from a position player.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Yup, and now it starts. Cubs will put another on the board here, and we’ll be stuck holding our dicks in our hands because we can’t seem to get runners in. At least Dempster’s pitch count is high.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Well I’m headin out for the night. No way the Phils win tonight with this offense. Have a good night everybody.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    See ya NEPA. Have a good one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    yeah, the Cubs are the highest scoring team in the league. Our offense is lost right now and we NEED to win this game b/c we’re not winning the last 2 of the 3 in this series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    nice job by Cole there. “Let’s get some runs”

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    random question to everyone here. What team outside the NL East do you hate the most? For some reason, I hate the Cardinals.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Johhny Wacko.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    I hate the Cardinals/Brewers. But they’re an afterthought really.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Yes, thank you Ruiz.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Rockies, Dodgers, Cardinals. Hate ‘em. Come on J-Hole!

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Griffin, if the AL counts, Red Sox and Yankees. Can’t stand them.

    Good Sac Fly. Much needed

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    This is good small ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Here we go offense, 4-1 off small ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I like small ball. Now would be a good time for Burrell to snap out of the funk and put the nail in the coffin.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Can Pat keep this alive? A single to right puts Utley on 3rd, hopefully.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    This is run support that Cole starts have lacked.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    TJ, I’m more or less happy that they rebounded after giving up that run in the 5th. Answered with 3 runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    That was a big bounce back. I thoughts Burrell’s ball was out.

    Hamels is tormenting Ramirez..

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Well Werth didnt need to dig into the wall at Wrigley for that ball, but I’m happy with the way this team is playing tnight

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I guess he just had a lapse in judgement with the ground rules as the visiting team in a stadium he rarely plays in.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    These balls are carrying alot, woudlnt be surprised to see Werth homer. Would be the icing on the cake.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Marshall has a dirty curve

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    cole is going good so far tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Oh crap, get Madson out of there.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    get Madson out now…

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    God get Madson outta there now he’s so fucking horrible.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    goddamit – get him the fuck out of there now charlie

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    I don’t know why Charlie pulled him so quickly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I thought Madson was going to pull a “Myers” on Charlie.

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    It’s about fucking time Charlie pulls him i would of pulled him after the home run…All Madson does is blow games these days.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    We’re heading for another 8th inning meltdown! Fuckin’ A!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Charlie Manual has been hitting all the wrong buttons the last 10 innings or so. ridiculous.

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    Stellar performance by Madson. I really don’t like not feeling good about our bullpen down the stretch…

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    How many times recently has the bullpen crapped the bed?

     
 
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