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Gameday: Phillies (72-50) at Pirates (51-71)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 25, 2009 06:10 PM | Comments: 251
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Philadelphia Phillies (72-50) at Pittsburgh Pirates (51-71)

Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.86 ERA) vs. Ross Olendorf (11-8, 4.15 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at PNC Park
Weather: Sunny, 78
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies travel to Pittsburgh to face the lowly, last-place Pirates.  In the midst of a 10-game winning streak, the Phillies swept the Pirates in July.  The Pirates are completely different team than they were in July; they’re worse.

Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson and Adam LaRoche, and others have all been traded away.  Right now, their centerpiece is rookie Andrew McCutchen, who is batting .284 with an .822 OPS.  He has seven homers and 14 stolen bases.

For some reason, the Phillies do not fair too well at PNC Park.  They are 8-11 there since 2002.  The Phillies have a history of falling to last place teams in the past, and they can’t let that happen during this series.

As hot as Ryan Howard has been, he struggles at PNC Park.  In 14 games, he is batting .159. He has hit the Pirates this season, including a ninth inning, game tying home run against Matt Capps.

The Phillies will give the ball to a hot hand in Joe Blanton.  Since May 26, Blanton is 6-3 with a 2.45 ERA.  He hasn’t been very lucky in the win column, despite eating innings and putting up solid numbers.  Blanton pitched 7.1 innings against the Pirates earlier this year.  He gave up one earned run on four hits.

Ross Olendorf pitched 5.2 innings against the Phillies in July.  He gave up three earned runs on five hits and walked four.

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  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Without a doubt the Phillies has what it takes to sweep this team. I hope though that they arent also saying “the lowly, last-place Pirates”. While it is a true statement, thinking like that and under estimating a team could spell some trouble. I do recall another phan on one of the other posts saying the Buccos have won 5 of their last 6. Lets hope it stays that way, and they go back to their winning ways.

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    Phillies play the Pirates who stink, Atlanta is playing San Diego who stink, and Florida is playing the Mets who stink. It will be interesting to see who might lose a couple of games to those losing teams. It will be pretty tough for the Phillies to add to their lead the next few days. I am sort of looking past the Pirates series to the Atlanta series. I hope the Phils don’t do the same (although I hope Atlanta looks past SD!) Maybe Lidge can well in a couple of games against the light hitting Pirates. I hope. Let’s Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    Jimmy!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo-hoo!

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    The Colorado Phillies fans are now out posting the PA Phillies fans 4 to nothing!!! :-)

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Damn thats one way to start a game. J-Roll leads off!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    LOL. We have Phans EVERYWHERE!

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Phillies fans outnumbering Pirate fans? Sad too, because that stadium is one of the best. We should plan that trip next

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    can we pinch hit for stairs

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Well at least guys are getting on base early. May have scored again there even with two outs if Stairs had some more at bats. He is used so rarely it may take an at bat or two to get that timing down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Blanton doesnt seem to have much control so far, granted its VERY early.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Come on now Blanton. Get this sucker out. leave the runner stranded buddy.

     
  • Posts: 0 vito corleone

    cmon joe…

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Blanton needs to settle down. Goodness he took third.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Not a good line to start off. I hope he settles down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Well, way to finish off the inning at least. 1 run is not a big deal. Considering it was man on 3rd, no outs.

     
  • Posts: 0 vito corleone

    way to battle back joe…….im calling a braves loss tonight……

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    WTF? Are you freaking kidding me? NICE!

     
  • Posts: 0 vito corleone

    J ROLL!!!!!!……2 HOMERS ON 2 PITCHES!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Well the braves are down 1-0 now. Fish and Mets still scoreless.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Pirates tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad News for the Pirates.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Jimmy is hot tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Jimmy is hot tonight a good day off for him yesterday

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    What is J-Roll hitting since his horrid 0-28 streak? Is he batting .400 since then?

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I am really hoping the Phillies get a weekend series in Pittsburgh next year. I will be there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Evan

    Insane from Jimmy, wow.

    Blanton is working out of jams tonight, its shaping up pretty good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    J-Roll raised his batting average from around .204 to .246.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Blanton is pitching really well tonight. He does not seem to get nervous by baserunners. He is still pitching the way he wants to pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The throw was just a bit high.

     
  • Posts: 0 vito corleone

    padres have my prediction started on the right foot…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Pat was dead on. ROAD TRIP! First things first with me though. I need to hop a PHlight back to Philly for one of the Phillies Nation Bus trips. Seeme like a GREAT time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The guy should just change his name to “D’oh! mit.”

     
  • Posts: 0 vito corleone

    mets 1 marlins 0…..lets bury these guys

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    An unassited game ending triple play, 2 first pitch swings HRs hit by the same batter in consecutive ABs….the stars are aligning in our favor.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    for the what? 10000000000000000000000th time this year, Phils fail to deliver w/ man on 3rd less than 2 out. BRU-tal.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    They have had a runner on third in each inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Just maybe Blanton can get a 1-2-3 inning. Actually, I would settle for an inning without a player getting past 2nd,

     
  • Posts: 0 mg52

    Even in the hot zone in which he has been, Howard needs to be able to hit or at least foul off some of those breaking balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Why cant the phillies score w

    ith a runner on third with only one out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Blanton gets out of ANOTHER jam. The question is, which offense will score with RISP? The offense today has been J-Roll. Utleys getting on, but no one is hitting him in.

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    59 pitches to get through 3 innings. I hope the bullpen can hold this game when they come in earlier than recent games. We have been spoiled by our starting efforts recently. Hopefully Joe can go 6 innings.

    Good to see the other team not scoring with a man on third and one out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Jeff, why cant the Phillies score with a runner on third and NO outs. This offense can put runs on the board, but alot of those runs are the result of Homers. Werth 3-run dinger in the first the other day, Ruiz same, J-Roll 2 today,

     
  • Posts: 0 vito corleone

    braves game is in the 5th and they dont have a hit yet…..marlins tied the mutts 1-1

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    But its top of the 5th for the Mutts bases loaded. I hate games like that. I dont want to see the Mets win, but I really dont want the Fish to win.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    can Joe just have an easy inning?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Well at least they went through an inning without a runner past 2nd. Baby steps? Wonder how the bullpen is feeling.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Is Blanton due for another Homer like the playoffs last year?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Oh well Cant expect J-Roll to hit everything and get ALL the runs. though he has all of them now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    Nelson Figueroa was in two games for the Mets this weekend against the Phils. He is now in the 5th inning against the Marlins. Surprising that they didn’t give him a few days rest before asking him to start.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Good lord.

     
  • Posts: 0 Joe Durbin

    Who do we have to write to?
    I love baseball and the song “take me out to the ball game” but!
    I cannot take much more of the MLB.TV break having the song played that badly.
    Please someone get Santana or Metalica or someone to give them a version…..! Even Mike Ditka singing please!

    Oh! Go Phils!

     
 
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