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Gameday: Astros (73-83) at Phillies (90-66)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, September 29, 2009 06:21 PM | Comments: 307
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Houston Astros (73-83) at Philadelphia Phillies (90-66)

Wilton Lopez, RHP (0-0, 8.44 ERA) vs. J.A Happ, LHP (11-4, 2.79 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Cloudy & Windy, 69
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Houston Astros always seem to torture the Phillies in September, but don’t jump off the bandwagon yet!  The beauty of baseball is that there is always a tomorrow.  After a painful loss on Monday, the Phillies will try to rebound.

Last night, the Phillies struggled against Yorman Bazardo.  Once again, they’ll be seeing a new face.  Wilton Lopez is making his first major league start.  In 10.2 innings in relief, the rookie has struggled mightily.  He has allowed 20 hits and his ERA is over eight.  Over the course of the year, the Phillies’ bats have been silent against young pitchers that they’ve never faced before, even if they own high ERA’s.

J.A Happ will try to help his case for the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award.  The left-hander is seeking his twelfth win of the year.  Opponents have batted .236 against him this season.  Happ has been the stopper.  He is a perfect 7-0 after Phillies losses.

Charlie Manuel did most of the talking during a closed-door meeting this afternoon.  Hopefully that will pump up the team and get them back on the right track.  Manuel later said to the media: “Ever since I’ve been in baseball, I’ve been a fighter and I’ve come to whip your [butt] every day.”  So let’s whip some Astro-butt tonight.

Tonight’s lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Ibanez (LF), Werth (RF), Feliz (3B), Bako (C) and Happ (P).

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GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I’m still driving the wagon but instead of a straight and narrow path to the finish it’s more like a stop and start with a lot of weaving…could be the alcohol, could be the Phillies play, could be the alcohol because of the Phillies play. Either way, I’m still driving the bus. Whose still on board with me?

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    What’s up EDR… I sent you an email… Again….Phillies Magic Number down to 1 after tonite!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I am over the flu.
    Now the phils can make me sick all by themselves.
    This is a huge game.
    Enough already lets see that you care. You have played crappy enough to make this game matter. I dont like how the phils are going into the playoffs but I am a believer.
    I will monitor the twins tigers game since everyone else here will be monitoring the Braves
    On a positive note
    Shut out inning by Lidge in the 9th last night! He is back!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Question Phillies Nation: Kevin Kolb hunts wild pigs with a knife and his dog? Is that cruelty to bacon?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Thanks H.K. I checked my email, got nothing.

    utleyscorner26@gmail.com

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Here we goboys and girls!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    Woot Woot

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    HK- It is cruel to call a dog Bacon and the least Kolb can do with all of the money is hire someone to cook his dogs dinner instead of making him knaw on a raw pig carcus…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Lopez is dealing
    never seen a team so oor against skell pitchers. You could never explain to me how every time a guy shows up with a 8.44 era he is going to get them out so easily.

     
  • Posts: 0 David M

    lets go offense. did you drink your coffee tonight? don’t be lazy like last night.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    pitchers with a ridiculously bad ERA must love being matched up against the Phils

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    oh boy
    i tell you
    i am getting pissed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    All i need is an error now to get pissed.
    Really I know I am mr positive but hell
    throw to third there happ

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I am sorry, I know that there was an open base and all and walking Towels certainly increases your chances of getting an out as there are more places to get an out. But why not pitch to a 108 hitter and let the pitcher lead off the next inning?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    uggla doubles with no outs top of the 2nd

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Breathe Phillies Nation.. Yayyyyy for Happ. And a double yayyy for the ump! Thanks dude. Fish 1st/3rd no outs…

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    ed after watching happ throw to 1st after an obvious easy throw to third i see a little tightness in this team, at least in happ, and it is just a matter of confidence and i guess they just figured they would go after the pitcher

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Agree ED
    I have seen this act too many tims. Go after the anemic hitting catcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    WTF Rauul!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    and the rest

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    1 and 3rd marlins. now one out. darn….phillies cant hit

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    marlins 1-0

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    1-0 Fish

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Johnson baby with a double. whooooo

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    baker thrown out at home. darn. could of been 2-0

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    agreed Phils look tight. Happ had Bob’s Big Boy by a mile and a half..

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    wheeler: milt is this the time of year where you want to be in this kind of situation?
    Thompson: Oh no chris we as players would rather just be 20 games out and not have to worry about any pressure or playoff implications

     
  • Posts: 0 Wes

    Crushed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    this game is not going well

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    somebody had to score 1st. we’ll get that right back..

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Don’t worry about that run. I’m thinking Utley will crank one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    we dont look like a team going back to the world series

     
  • Posts: 0 karen

    what a game again………………………………come on, someone in a phillies uniform hit the ball

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    bunt him over happy

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    that a boy happy. lets get that run back baby.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    He shoots… He scores! Power Play Goal!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Good call harry k

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Teams that win the series have a swagger. The phillies had it big time last year and its so far from being here this year its sad.
    The yankees have the swagger now but I guarentee you they lose it in round 1 or 2. So you can possibly gain or lose it in a short time period.
    The cardinlas have it big time and I feel the winner of the braves/rockies battle will have it.
    I am hoping we get it back in a weeks time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Thanks Jeff!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Utley is just struggling. Got to get that guy home.

    53 pitches in three innings for hudson.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I was hoping the Phils would’ve cashed in on EDR’s prediction as well. Utley’s got a more ab’s left yet though.. Phils LH need to stop trying to pull this guy. Jimmy went semi-opp field and look at what happened..

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Charles Hudson is back? Ironic its the day Jeremiah Trotter came out of the old folks home too.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Utley is struggling big time…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    braves 1st and 2nd…double play. keep going big johnson.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    80 pitches through 4 for Happ.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    maybe moyer in the 6th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    HOMERUN UGGGGGGYYYY

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Don’t tell me we signed Trot- omynee!-ter…. Who’s next…Seth Joyner… Let’s go O…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    This is lopezs first career start. Major or minor leagues.
    Of course he will do well

     
 
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