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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 tk

    im blaming this on the ump! didnt call any of madson’s strikes

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    way to go Phils. I would have rather seen Madson just take the L in the 9th. Someone needs to get these bats going at home.

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    At least they realized not to exhaust the bullpen. Crap!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’ll second that, Sam

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D

    In part, I’m blaming this one on TMac. As soon as he said “you can’t say enough about the job Clay Condrey has done,” I knew we were cooked. But I can’t blame him alone. Sitting in the booth with him is Wheels, who undoubtedly encourages T-Mac to be a brown-noser. TMac wasn’t this bad on the radio. Harry just called the game without any of this f***ing commentary. But Wheels couldn’t have that, so thank you very much Wheels, this is YOUR fault too. Give the Jeltz to the both of them and Clay Condrey.

    I missed seeing Cole pitch and only heard innings four through six on the radio until I got home. Was his stuff not there?

     
  • Posts: 0 Metsies

    Haha

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Mike: hehehe. Actually, my main complaint about the commentary since the loss of Harry is I find it hard to follow the game. It was always clear with Harry when there was an out; with these guys, I sometimes lose track of it, and the next thing I know, three guys are out and there’s a new inning, and I’m thinking, “wha ha pah?”

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    We can do 6 runs, not over until the 30th out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That’s the spirit, AJ!

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Wow, the TOp is productive now; weird

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    in defense of the offensive though not an excuse: first time we saw this left hander and the advantage usually goes to the pitcher in those stituations….now i am really glad to not see Halladay

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Let’s hope Carlson is not fully warmed up

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    There we go

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Howard hits a HR and we are within 3

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Crap forgot about Werth, Ok, he gets on, Howard hits one and we are within 2

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Or not…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    I went and finished some work and saw that Condrey blew up, man our bullpen has sucked. Should have won this is regular game time

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D

    @Tracey: it’s like the two of them forget that their job is to CALL THE GAME. They banter like two fans in the ballpark. Which would be fine if their jobs weren’t to let us know what the f*** is going on. Harry knew baseball. What he didn’t know, he let his color guy fill us in. TMac admits his ignorance to Wheels, which always takes up an out, then they banter about Sarge, which takes up another out. It’s like they think the fans are more interested in what they have to say than the game. My God it’s like watching FSN in Pittsburgh but worse, because unlike in Pittsburgh, the fans do care to watch the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike C.

    this team is a joke with there pitching. the blue jays suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    So ex Phillies killed us tonight Rolen and Barajas, figures

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    This game is horrible! Plain and simple!

     
  • Posts: 0 tk

    bullpen sucks because they are overused and exhausted and this game certainly will not help…

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Why don’t the B-Jays sign Jenkins while they’re at it!

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    I like Frenske and LA

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    mike D.- Hamels stuff was okay but it is becoming more and more evident that he needs that third pitch..He’ still working on his curve but threw a 3-2 beauty that got him out of an inning. Shows confidence in it which is a good sign. Didn’t go pass the 6th, had 113 pitches though I think he should of pressed and gone deeper to give the bull pen a rest. The bull pen is on fumes and even more so after tonight. I think he left them out to dry

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    It was going OK until they pissed it away in the top of the 10th. And it’s over. That’s grizzly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Metsies

    Hahahahahahahaha; we will now take the division. We will sweep and you will be swept. Shwoosh Shwoosh

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D

    How the hell have teams been fouling off Cole’s stuff? Is he missing? Were those three straight ground balls to Rollins in the 6th really that close? LA said they were. I was driving at the time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Remind me again: How many runs did the Mets give up on Sunday night?

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Oh well, at leat we have the Os this weekend and a road trip. Kind of stinks when they cannot win at home.

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Tracey – and how did the game end Friday?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Were they shut out 11-0 or 13-0? Oh yea, that’s right, it was 15-0.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    good night sick of looking at this team have issues and the front office do nothing.

    GET SOME HELP FOR THE BENCH!!!

    GET a STARTER OR BRING ONE UP THAT YOU THINK WILL WORK!

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Wow, this is definately a candidate for worst game of the year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, didn’t they win on Friday, AJ? Surely they were ahead in the 9th. Did they choke?

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Pop fly – easy – oh wait, nope… K-Rod celebrate – nope…

    First time I ever was happy for A-Roid.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Amaro better be ready to burn the midnight lamp tonight. He’s got LOTS of calls to make!

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    LOL @ Tracey

    They are artists, remember?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Well, I’m sure Metsies is gone by now. Mets fans are really good at hitting and running away when they’re winning. Funny how none of them were in here to harass us on Sunday.

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    I am thinking it is not a starter we need, but some pen relief. They are seriously exhausted

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    mike d.- he’s a high ball pitcher and with only 2 pitches, they know the change-up is coming so they hold off…so when the fastball comes they might swing a little later than normal thinking its a change-up

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    No, they were sulking on MLB dot com. You should read it. The Yakees, Phillies and Braves fans (for some reason) piled on. Nice to see Phillies and Braves fans putting the rivalry aside for a time. I am beginning to like Braves fans now LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Lets go Mets.

    Now you guys know how painful it is not to have a bullpen….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    And Metsies probably doesn’t want to explain how they gave up 4 runs to the worst team in the AL, a team whose motto is, “Thank God for the Washington Nationals.”

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    I feel horrible for the Nats, seriously. Now the last Mets’ fan cannot be one for real. That was too funny.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D

    But if Lidge is healthy, Madson doesn’t need to close. If Romero hadn’t been suspended fifty games, he and Madson can combine for the setup. Eyre and Condrey don’t need to be blown out if Romero isn’t suspended. Anyone wanna bet Eyre blew out his calf from overuse? And if Hamels doesn’t have those s***-luck starts in late April against the Nats, again, bullpen overuse isn’t an issue. Many of our pen woes are man-made…but in some cases, we’ve just had God-awful luck this year. Sometimes I wonder if Adam Eaton was our good luck charm.

    And has Charlie always played no doubles in the 9th inning? Or have I just noticed it more because I just catch more games now that I don’t work every night?

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    I am not going to rag on the Os, we have to play them. With our luck they’ll blow us up and we are recorded knocking them LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    AJ – Were in deep s***t. Expect more shelling

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Mike D – that was as funny as the Mets fan’s pen pain.

    maybe they should hire Eaton as the mascot. HEY is he pitching against us this weekend? I have to check now

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I have a friend who is a Nats fan. She had a pool early in the season: bet on when the Nats will get into double-digits. They got into double-digits, but I don’t think they’ll be over 20 by the All-Star Break. You don’t tease those fans; it’s like kicking a puppy.

     
 
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