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Gamenight: Blue Jays (34-31) At Phillies (36-25)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, June 16, 2009 05:45 PM | Comments: 258
Gameday 2009, Posts

jayslogo Toronto Blue Jays (34-31) at Philadelphia Phillies (36-25)
Ricky Romero (3-3, 3.71 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.62 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Mostly sunny, 67
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Sixteen years later: Revenge!

Okay, so Interleague play means some really hackneyed matchups, but the Phillies and Blue Jays are both good teams with high-powered offenses. They begin a three-game series tonight at the Bank.

The Blue Jays walked into Philly last year and took two of three in a series where Jayson Werth clubbed three home runs in a game and Roy Halladay pitched relief in a rain-delayed game that went to Toronto. This year the Jays are 34-31, but were much more potent earlier in the season, when their powerful offense bashed teams en route to baseball’s best record. Their pitching is scuffling now that Halladay will miss his start (which was supposed to be this week), so this set provides the Phils a chance to get some necessary home victories.

Cole Hamels brings his sub-5.00 ERA back home after having a tough outing against the Mets. Wednesday he only pitched five innings, giving up 11 hits but earning a no-decision. This will be his first start ever against Toronto, and he’s had very little experience against their hitters. Toronto starter Ricky Romero has never faced any of the hitters lining up against him tonight.

Your gamenight beer: “An honest beer makes its own friends” is the old slogan for Molson Canadian. I don’t know about you, but there’s a bar near my home, and sometimes I go in just wanting an honest lager. Seriously. And sometimes I’m jonesing for a Molson. Absolutely. So grab a Molson, partner, and drink it with ham and baked potato, a decent northern dish.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    man our bullpen went from the best to suspect at best

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Morris Buttermaker – so is the bull pen

     
  • Posts: 0 tk

    madson doesnt suck!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I am really tired of our bench minus Stairs. Not ready to give up on Dobbs yet but Coste, Bako and Bruntlett are all not even good enough to start in Reading let alone the bench of the Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    Kimmy the reason we are talking extras is that the best right handed option of the bench is Chris Coste

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

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  • Posts: 0 Mike C.

    Hurry and get Howard up so he can k again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    When was the last time the Phillies had a walk-off win? Was it the Sunday game against the Padres?

     
  • Posts: 0 Kimmy

    here we go again….

     
  • Posts: 0 The Little Guy

    I think so morris..

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    This whole playing like crap at home thing– it really needs to end. I am sick of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    don’t sweat it…the Jays don’t know about our right handed .236 secret weapon on the bench….PAUL fricking BACKO! How pissed are you guys when you see Jaramillo in the MLB highlights…2 older catchers from the minors…Bull Durham Effect

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    And I have been to maybe 8 or 9 home games this year, and the crowd has seem pretty subdued each time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    in regards to Jaramillo, it is hard to say how he would be playing here as opposed to playing in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are basically a AAA team, and there is no pressure on them.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I just dont understand why Bako is even here? He is another lefty and it’s not like he even gets a chance to catch. Who carries three catchers? There has to be someone out there better than Bako, heck I’d even take Jenkins over Bako.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Just pray Wells doesn’t pick tonight to get hot

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ed r. – is he a lefty? if so then i’m really pissed

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Just please do not load the bases again.

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    I notice the Lidge haters are now silent

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yes Bako is a lefty.

    Why would Lidge haters say anything? Lidge is on the DL. No need to even discuss him. And no one hates Lidge. They are all just tired of his poor performance, which I guess we can attribute to injury.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I think it is a stupid reason, but the reason we have Bako is so that the Phillies can feel free to use Coste as a pinch hitter. It would make sense if either Bako or Coste could hit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    F-ing Scott Rolen.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    morris b. – pirates are only 4.5 games behind the brewers…

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Ed R. I saw a lot of people saying we should trade him a week ago. No support for him I have noted this week at all. A guy named Goeff always talks about how bad Lidge is and we need to trade him and J-Roll. I assume he is a writer because he has a lot of info on players.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Maybe this game will make the Phillies realize that runs scored in innings 1-5 count the same as runs scored in 6-9. Maybe they will come out of the gate with a little more fire.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    The Phillies got infield singled to death tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I don’t know what Geoff does but he is very critical of the Phillies and their players on a fairly constant basis.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    morris b. – yeah, about Backo, that sounds reasonable albeit, as you said, stupid

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    He must be a Mutts fan then

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    All these bases loaded?! This has to be some sort of record. Why can’t we find the strike zone. Most importantly, why can’t we win at home.

     
  • Posts: 0 tk

    i really thought we were going to win this one..not so much now

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    The Jays will break through with the bases loaded at some point…they have to.

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    We have a nice road trip next week after playing the Os

     
  • Posts: 0 CT

    this game sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Man, I hope they’re not letting Condrey take one for the team …poor dude just looks looks like there is no gas in tank

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Just trow a strike at the knees and end this inning. Walker had a real issue last year. He was great on the road, and awful at home. He’ll fit in just fine.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    This is a bad lost for the Phils. They should have won this one.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    unbelievable

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    why do we play like scrubs at home?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ed r. – agreed, so says the Law of Averages

     
  • Posts: 0 mg52

    I don’t know why these pitchers keep running deep counts against the hitters. They need to be more efficient. Come to think of it, we might know: the bullpen has been overused. The entire staff has to be more attuned to the benefits of good command. That way, the starters can go deeper into games and the relievers need not be exhausted.
    The offense has been weak again tonight and often a bit unlucky. The home plate umpire has also been very questionable at times. We’ll see how the end of this plays out and keep rooting on the guys.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike C.

    Phillies pitching sucks tonight. There starters cant go 7 and it puts pressure every night. The only good team we beat are the yankees. Take away the Nationals and we suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam D

    not over yet, but need to get out of this bases loaded jam

     
  • Posts: 0 Dan

    This is the most unlucky game for the phillies I have ever seen, and the most inconsistent strike zone i’ve ever seen

     
  • Posts: 0 tk

    i cant stand to watch the phillies lose like this…it should have been their win though

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam D

    ok now its over

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    If they were going to lose the game, I wish they didn’t do it in extra innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    This is just getting bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    SDO: only thing I can think is “hitter-park-itsis”…we get a little lax in the manufacturing runs department cause we believe the long ball will save us

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam D

    what the ffffffff

     
 
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