Gameday: Phillies (36-31) At Rays (37-34)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, June 23, 2009 05:35 PM | Comments: 318
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Philadelphia Phillies (36-31) at Tampa Bay Rays (37-34)

Jamie Moyer (4-6, 6.35 ERA) vs. David Price (1-1, 3.46 ERA)
Time: 7:08 p.m at Tropicana Field
Weather: Dome
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies road trip starts with a World Series rematch against the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Phillies look to turn around their struggles on the road where they are a Major League best 23-9.  They will turn to Jamie Moyer tonight.

Moyer struggled in his last outing, allowing six earned runs in six innings. However, in Game 3 of the World Series, Moyer had some success against the young Rays’ lineup.  He allowed five hits, three runs, and struck out five in 6.1 innings.

Moyer will be opposed by the Rays’ best prospect, David Price.  Price started the year in the minors, mainly for arbitration reasons.  In his last start, Price allowed five earned runs in seven innings against the Colorado Rockies.  In two relief appearances in the World Series, Price gave up two runs, one earned, in 3.1 innings.

Moyer will also see a familiar face, Pat Burrell.  The Phillies better hope he doesn’t crush the Phillies like he crushed the New York Mets throughout his career. 

Hopefully all the offense comes from the Phillies lineup, which will include Ryan Howard as the designated hitter.  In addition to Howard, the starting lineup will include Chris Coste at first base.  John Mayberry Jr. will be playing left.

Your Gameday Beer: Tonight’s beer is Holy Mackerel’s Special Golden Ale…as in “Holy Mackerel, the Phillies need a win!” This strong golden Belgian-style ale is brewed on the east coast of Florida in Fort Lauderdale. It was the winner of the Sam Adams sponsored World Homebrew Contest and weighs in at a hefty 8.5% ABV. Our friends at Barely Dine recommend a toasted Italian sandwich loaded with salami, prosciutto, provolone and Italian hot peppers. -By Brian

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  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    David Price is thankful that the Beard is not in the starting lineup.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Coste at 1st base is interesting . . .

  • Posts: 0 Doug

    damn, that toasted Italian sandwich sounds awesome right now!

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    As my girl likes to say “the Beard is weird!”. Why in God’s name is Coste playing 1st. A little help here?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Coste played everywhere in the infield in the minors and gets that extra right handed bat in the line-up. Might come in handy if the Phils actually feel like hitting tonight.

    If anyone here (and would assume this applies to no-one) hasn’t read Coste’s autobiography get hold of it, that’s unless you hate the guy in which don’t read because you can’t help but want to see him only play for the Phils.

  • Posts: 0 PGD

    probably because howard just got out of the hospital and they didnt want him to play the field and bat

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    NJ…Why wouldn’t you just DH Coste and play Howard at 1B? Also, what do you know about Joe Savery. Is he a prospect now? Is he a “crafty lefty” or a “stuff” pitcher. I heard he doesn’t have much velocity.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Steve-o

    Manuel feels it’ll be easier on Howard if he only DHs tonight. I agree. Coste has a lot of experience at 1B actually, as noted above. He’ll be alright over there.
    Our bigger concern should be Moyer going tonight. I’m nervous for him. It’ll be nice to see Pat the Bat again on TV.

  • Posts: 0 Amanda

    manuel orignally had coste dhing but changed his mind.

  • Posts: 0 cm

    patty b playing for the team he beat in the world series last year is still kind of weird to me…

    anyway, jimmy is batting leadoff again – ahhhhh!

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    To Dipsy~ Howard remarked..”“Am I 100 percent? No,” Howard said before Tuesday’s game. “But I’m a lot better. 75-80 percent. Right now it’s mostly congestion.”

    Common sense dictates that the manager’s concern for Howard’s health would be to use him as a DH without the need of further exertion of playing ON the field. Howard wants to play and fortunately DH assignment is available.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Ok, I mean, whatever. Fine, if Coste can field/

    Amanda, when is Tim comin back? I got an email in to him.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 nm

    jimmy got lucky! thats all im saying!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    good for Rollins

  • Posts: 0 Travis


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  • Posts: 0 ll

    they need to get runs now – moyer needs all the help he can get

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Utley! :D :D

  • Posts: 0 Travis

    Alright Chase!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    On the road again… just can’t wait to get on the road again…

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    If that’s 75-80 percent, I’ll take it!!!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    3-0 Phillies, solid double for Howard!

  • Posts: 0 Travis

    We need AL East teams and St. Louis to win tonight except for TB here to build some games on the NL East. Good Job Howard. 3-0 Phillies with 0 outs and howard on 2nd.

  • Ok guys, we got a game with the (Devil) Rays tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the (Devil) Rays!

  • Posts: 0 Hotstove

    good start by the phillies and I love how the rays fans desert after they start to go down like pre last year.

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    looks like a good start chase and the big guy doubling, and JRoll got on I do not care how, that is what a lead off guy does, get on, lets score 8 in the first

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    3 straight hits woo

  • Am I the only person who fully expects the Phils to go 6-3 maybe 7-2 on this road trip?

  • Posts: 0 Tracey


  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    Yes Jayson nice single, the bats are out tonight

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Morris: from your mouth to their bats!

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    If the Tropicana Dome was the Phillies stadium, I would desert on the team pretty quickly too. It makes the Vet look like Fenway.

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I am stuck at work again dvr ing the game at home and watching the little dots on mlb.com looks like pete is happy about those high fast balls

  • Posts: 0 Travis

    First out of the night.

  • Posts: 0 Hotstove

    The Rays need a new home park agreeded but come on even the marlins attendece wasnt this pathetic in 2004 and thats not even a mlb pak.

  • Posts: 0 Keith


  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    lets see the Kid Mayberry do something now would be nice, Werth steal of second would be nice

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I was about to say, “I like that Mayberry…” Whoo hoo!

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Dammit! I meant to call that and got distracted.

  • Posts: 0 Travis

    Feliz had 2-0 count but swung at some high pitches and in the end strikes out.

  • Posts: 0 Manny


  • Posts: 0 Hotstove

    Phil thine horn with oil and go

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    way to go JR I think this kid is for real they should keep him up when Raul gets back we might have found our bench bat, the men in red love the road dont they

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    one more hit so JRoll can lead off again in the second

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I’ll tell you how pathetic Tropicana Field is. I have never been there for a baseball game. But I have been there for a hockey game.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ah well. They got around, and TB will have a hard time making up for 6 runs in the first!

  • Posts: 0 Steve

    Now if they score 6 in every inning, we might have enough run support for Moyer…

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Thank God for Mayberry.

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    oh well 8 batters in the first is a good thing, nice start, now I got to have faith in Moyer to get it done tonight 3 runs in 7 innings would be nice, the old man has got the lead lets hold it and score 10 more runs for him, just in case

  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    Yeah great start but we got Moyer on the mound.

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