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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 Jeff

    4-1 marlins

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Got’em!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Sit down Keppinger!

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Definitely not looking towards the World Series. If our bullpen doesn’t get their heads out of their @$#%, we aren’t going to the playoffs. I hope Happ can get us through seven.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Come on D.C. Happ thru 7…Maybe next time…I’ll be surprised if he goes out for the 6th…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Punter Hence is the new Terry Puhl.
    I was 9 for Terry. I am scarred for life.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    If our starters don’t start pitching well it won’t matter what our bullpen does.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I think Happ is done for the night

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    i can’t get that up right now joedad i’ll check it later, but i think i know what it is…lol

     
  • Posts: 0 cas

    I’m afraid I’ll jinx it, but is it possible we can start to breathe again?

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Another brain freeze for Chuckie…. Three straight LH. I know Werth is struggling, but come on dude..

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    This should be interesting…hope the bullpen doesn’t blow it

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    cas, no time to breathe, just send the positive vibes to the Marlins

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    J Werth baby

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I’m on the fly again!

     
  • Posts: 585 Brian Michael

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    Keep it up!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    He heard you H.K.

    He heard you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fightin' in NY

    Keep pouring it on, before the bullpen door opens…

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Card losing 7-1 in the 6th

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    braves have the bases loaded

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Braves got something cooking down in the dirty… bases loaded 2/outs….

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Braves have bases loaded 2 outs

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    Hopefully tonight’s workman like start by Happ in which he has struggled but not been burned will start to turn around the starting rotation. I hope the Astros decide to mail it in for the rest of the night down by 5. I doubt it but it would be nice for a team that is out of the race to give up once in awhile rather than treat it like their World Series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    So if things hold a win tomorrow clinches
    Please dont over celebrate like the yankees and angels did. this isnt our goal.

    I think they are building the bridge to lidge tonight. Hope hes in for the 9th if the phils are up 7 or more. I have faith.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Josh Johnson got out of the inning

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    McCann took it in the can

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    the threat has been secured…. 4-1 through 5…

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    Brian Mc Cann huge pop up with a 3-1 count and the bases loaded. Whew!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I dont see how Happ isnt game 1 starter. What has hamels done in 2009 to earn it? Lee needs to step up in his next start to earn it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    4-1 Fish through 5.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    disaster averted in atlanta

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Dang it, I meant to say McCann took in the can :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBBcZjxd-bk

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    no lead is safe

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    jesus
    how many pitches tongiht for happ?

    kaz matsui the curse of the mets

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Reality check….We’ll still win… But the fun is gone…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Oh well… at least the Phils are scoring tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    i have more confidence in jamie lately, he’s been doing well coming in for long relief. 4 runs in 5 and a third from happ isn’t all that great but he got out of some jams that could’ve made this ugly.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Ohh boy here we go…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Harry ask richie what he thinks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Once again, when your bullpen is bad your starters have to be left in for way longer than they should be.

    Just fantastic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    my playoff rotation game 1 happ game 2 moyer game 3 fat joe game 4 lee

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Charlie left Happ longer than he should… Happ did a good job but he was done after the 5th… and now it’s a 3-run game… plus, with a tight strike zone, who knows how that’ll go with Jamie on the mound now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    not a fan of that playoff rotation

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    No lead is safe for the Phils. This is the difference between last year and this year. Why the f— does this team have so many problems playing the Astros? The haunting of Ed Wade? WTF? Win already and clinch! Quit talking about the playoffs everyone. If the Phils don’t get their heads out of their asses, we won’t be in the playoffs! Hold the damn lead for once!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Anyone up for an appearance by Tyler Walker tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Big surprise. The Phils make Kaz Matsui look like an all-star

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Keep scoring Boys…

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    here’s a guy with a 15 era so he should easily shut down our offense

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Wow, look at this guy’s stats, holy Adam Eaton ERA squared

     
 
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