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 Matt

    god what a loser

  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    How much did you give up for your bullpen that still sucks?

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Don’t the Mets have their own blog? Why do they have to come pee on out Bran OneĀ® cereal

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    our^ Bran OneĀ®

  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    Philies Phan SC- Notice how he stopped talking after the mets started losing hahahaha

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    unfortunately he’ll prolly be back when we face the Mets this weekend and next week

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Sam D. he/she sure did. Too funny. Damn winds cost the Fish an out. If the Phillies don’t do it this year for whatever reason, just let it be the Fish.

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    I just hope we don’t do what we did last year and drop 90% games to the Mets. One year I want to make them eat their lunch!

  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    haha yeah. Who are the Phils facin tomorrow in the finale against the nationals

  • Posts: 0 Joe

    @Jenn: to get rid of the trolls, you need the following:

    1) Firefox (Mac, Windows, whatever)
    2) Greasemonkey extension
    3) Killfile script for Greasemonkey. A little “kill” link appears next to trolls, and when you click it, their comments just disappear.

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Pretty soon Manny Acta will be piching himself if no one else can do it

  • Posts: 0 Sam D.

    Remember when we had Russel Branyan for not even a year?? Yeah so he is hitting 346 and is 4 for 4 tonight

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    I love the Phillies, but we have given away so much talent over the years

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    wow, anybody see the Devils lose?

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Not I, I am watching the Mets and Fish, rotting for the Fish of course, although, if the Mets win, the Phillies take first. I just cannot root for the Mets.

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan SC

    Mets lost; Fish won 7-4

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