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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 ray

    trot is 32 he just has 60 year old knees

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    UGGGGY BABBBY…2-0 MARLINS

     
  • Posts: 0 karen

    I must say that Howard is showing the desire to win. nice hustle

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Rauul with a hit? I’m playing the lottery tomm. I give up… Where’s the Sarge “mute” button on my remote….

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Come on boys. get some runs. lets do this tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    No to Joyner but frank Lemaster was in for a tryout.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Ed R, I’m on the wagon, since 1980. A little alcohol will help drive that bus

     
  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    I think that Utley has nothing left in the tank; physically exhausted. Consider that he was rehabbing that hip in spring training and partaking in spring training at the same time and probably rehabbed for a while after the season started in April possibly up until June. The team needs to get this thing clinched so they can give him and other members of this team some extended time off before the post season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    ….

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    The entire team wants to win. No way are they going through the motions or coasting. They are streaky.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Nice to hear the crowd

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    bases loaded. no jinx here boys. come on.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Oh shit!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    EL PEDRO BITCHES

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    there we go
    now dont blow this thing!
    suprise it was feliz

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    PEDROOOO

     
  • Posts: 578 Brian Michael

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    it’s Cadillac time!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    JOEDAD, im pissing in my pants. i love that term. how big is that boys.

     
  • Posts: 0 Karen

    Yes!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Felizzzzzzz :D

     
  • Posts: 0 Fightin' in NY

    PETE HAPPY!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    EDR,I’m borrowing your line from Sunday. Please check my post from 6:55pm

     
  • Posts: 0 David M

    PEDROOOO!!!! YOU’RE MY HERO! FINALLY A CLUTCH PLAY!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well done H.K.

    Fish are up 2-0, bottom 4.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Jeff, I stole from j reed who used it for El Bako Bitches when Bako blocked the plate and hit a HR. Gotta love it

     
  • Posts: 0 karen

    That was a great inning too because they did play small ball until feliz knocked them all in. love it

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Damn…. Nats and Mets are now tied at 3-3…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Tahst why its so hard to blow a big lead in baseball unless you are complete losers (the mets).
    You are going to have games when you face a guy who has never made a start professionaly and you should shell him.
    Now hold this. and get some runs if possible

     
  • Posts: 0 Fightin' in NY

    Problem is the ‘stros have 15 outs left….

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    2-1 now. braves scores. crap. just win our game

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    If I were a Braves fan I’d be pissed that bourne isn’t playing he’s been a thorn in our side

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    So does that make it medium ball?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    crap over 90 pitches. that was a long battle my japenese non godzillia.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    we have to watch out this inning. happ is tiring.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    catchers interference here we go

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    OK – When do we get Chooch back?

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ugh, why does this always happen

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Nope N.Y. The problem is you’re too afraid…. Just relax and enjoy the Phillies Nation Party… And the Fish are still leading… Right? I know I’m bad at math… Someone help me out… It’s 5-2 now…so what..

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    yeppp.. this is not good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    4-1 fish

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    4-1 Fishies

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    for those of you looking towards the world series
    the tigers are beating the twins 4-0
    Id rather face the tigers anyway so i am happy now

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    that was a poop your pants moment. does everybody have their diapers on?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    4 – 1 FLA!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Marlins!

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    4-1 Marlins

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    4-1 Fish…It’s was just a big loud out #2

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Can someone tell me why the Phillies make Hunter Pence look like a superstar everytime he plays against us?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    Wow one night later and we have people looking towards the world series. Remember last night’s thread? lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Solution…so too do the Phillies. And we are up 3.

     
 
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