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Gamenight: Nationals (4-14) At Phillies (10-8)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, April 28, 2009 05:16 PM | Comments: 216
Gameday 2009, Posts

nationalslogoWashington Nationals (4-14) at Philadelphia Phillies (10-8)
John Lannan (0-2, 4.43 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (0-2, 9.69 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
Weather: Mostly sunny, 83
TV: The Comcast Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation

A Prince Fielder line drive struck Cole Hamels Thursday, taking him out of what was becoming a very effective start. Though he had given up a home run to Ryan Braun, Hamels had struck out almost every batter he had faced. The flesh wound seemed like a huge ordeal at first; now it’s child’s play considering what the Phils might go through with Brad Lidge. Needless to say, it’s still a scary world out there.

Hamels, still looking for his first win of the season and an ERA that isn’t showing a run per inning, will face the Nationals, a team he has defeated soundly in his past (5-3, 2.04 ERA). In fact, Hamels has practically mastered everyone in the Nats lineup, save Ryan Zimmerman, who is only hitting .270 against Hamels, but with two home runs. Adam Dunn, by the way, is 1-for-8 against Hollywood.

The Phillies offense, meanwhile, has a checkered past with Washington starter John Lannan. He’s the one who hit Chase Utley in the hand back in 2007. Of course, Utley is hitting .455 against the hand hunter. Jimmy Rollins is at .417. Ryan Howard is at .364. And each member of the Phrontrunner Bros. has a homer against Lannan. To be short, the lefties have and can hit him.

That bodes well coming off one of the most thrilling wins in recent Phillies history. For those who missed last night’s proceedings, Howard tied the game with an sixth-inning grand slam, then Raul Ibanez swatted an eighth-inning grand slam to hand the Phils the eventual 13-11 win. Ibanez’s homer pulled him into third place in the NL home run race. He’s seventh in the league in hits and third in runs, and yes, he leads the league in slugging percentage with a .685 clip, four hundredths above Albert Pujols.

Your gamenight beer: Last night we got a double shot of grand slam madness, so tonight we celebrate with a Dubbel. How about Bornem Dubbel? This Belgian brew has a cherry/raspberry taste – a little different for the composition of a Dubbel, but nobody ever said you had to follow rules. This sweet and bitter beer would go well with oysters and fries. Belgian style.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 John Fire

    I have a beer challenge for you… give Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale a shot.

    I just picked up a six-pack and I’d looking forward to giving it a try later tonight. Packs some kick – 9.7% alcohol.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Are we allowed to predict scores like 10-2 as the final tonight?

    You heard it hear, folks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Don, you didn’t mention which team would score 10 runs. (chuckles)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    bruce… hope to God he means the phils… but i think it will be closer… say 5-3?? (phils of course)

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Rollns/Victorino/Utley/Howard/Werth/Ibanez/Feliz/Coste/Hamels

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I’ll go with 6-4 Phils tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    get coste out of there!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Go Phillies!

    prediction: Phillies 8 – Nationals 3

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Hamels goes 7, gives up two solo shots to Zimmerman and Dunn. Phils win 5-4.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    And that’s only because Zimmerman and Dunn are on my fantasy team.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    there’s no chatter . . .

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Sheffield should be on the Phillies, not Cairo. Still don’t understand why he wouldn’t want to be on the team that actually won the World Series last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Would you sit Werth, Victorino or IbaƱez to give Sheffield some ABs? I wouldn’t.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    no, I would just like Sheffield instead of Cairo.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    How’s Cole-suf look tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    I wouldn’t want to pay Sheffield $14 mil to sit on the bench/pinch-hit

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    CHASE!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jenn

    Woo-Hoo Utley!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    UTLEY!!!

    that’s true Jimmy.

     
  • Posts: 0 cxl72

    wow

     
  • Posts: 0 Jenn

    PETER HAPPY!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    The Mets aren’t paying him $14 million… they’re paying less than $1 million, I believe.

    HOME RUN PEDRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    3 run shot!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 cxl72

    pedro feliz is such a nice guy to have on the team. rock solid glove, chips in a few big hits, get a .250 average and earns his pay.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    FELIZZZZZ

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    According to the Mets site, Sheffield’s salary is $14 mil, but I’m not sure how much of that the Mets are actually paying, so you may have a point.

    Nice shot, Pedro. Thank you Alberto Gonzalez!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I didn’t start him today, ugh what a mistake lol.

     
  • Posts: 0 cxl72

    The Mets and O’s are paying around $400k for the services (and I use that word loosely) of Sheff and Eaton respectively.

    I would rather go with 24 players than have Sheff on the Phils. Stairs is so great because he accepts his job. Sheff would never be happy because he thinks he is getting a raw deal on the bench.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    Just found an article on espn.com saying that the Mets are paying Sheff the veteran’s minimum, but I digress.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Shane should steal right here

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim Malcolm

    So far Hamels is pitching very well. Comfortable, not overpowering. I like this.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    damn it shane

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    haha Manny, he tried stealing

     
  • Posts: 0 Jenn

    Are you effin kidding me?! Cole’s hurt AGAIN???

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith B

    i cant get the game on my tv, but i am watching on gameday it says there is an injury time out i was wondering why?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    what happened?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Hamels slipped

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Will Cole ever catch a break??

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    yeah, and the phillie killer did it again. Thanks John Lannan. First you plunk Chase on the hand and break his hand, now you lay down a bunt that will probably put Cole on the DL

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Not sure how he is, but twisted his ankle

     
  • Posts: 0 cxl72

    well, at least hamels arm will be rested. this april has been a total disaster for him. its encouraging that we are still winning without him. i hate to burnout the bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Crap! It was looking like the bullpen was finally going to get a rest, and now Hamels is hurt again!? I hope it’s not serious.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim Malcolm

    God this sucks. One of these days he’ll finish a game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    I say we trade for John Lannan so he stops putting us on the DL. Kid’s still got potential besides his 5-0 deficit

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Jesus Christ this is horrible. Just when you think Hamels is cruising….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim Malcolm

    Chan Ho Park should come in. That’s the move to make.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    I think we could trade cairo for some icy hot and rehabilitation for Hamels.

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    I don’t think it’s as bad as we really may think. He clearly walked off on his own power with no sign of any significant limp. He pitched close to 5 excellent innings with clear fastball command and nasty changeup pace. It may be nothing major at all. Let’s wait to hear what it is, then panic. Until then, he showed an encouraging outing today

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    yeah I agree, but would the Nationals even take Cairo for Icy Hot haha

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Cairo for Lannan AND a case of Icy Hot. That keeps us of the DL and only allows locker room incidents only.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geof

    Again…he was pitching well again. Velocity was back up at 90-92. This bullpen is already tired. Hamels is snakebitten with the injury bug so far. Its like Major League Baseball is forcing him to go on the 15-day DL with all these mishaps.

     
 
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