Gameday: Giants (73-60) at Phillies (76-54)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, September 03, 2009 06:20 PM | Comments: 175
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San Francisco Giants (73-60) at Philadelphia Phillies (76-54)

Tim Lincecum (13-4, 2.33) vs. Pedro Martinez (2-0, 4.50 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 74
TV: Comcast Sportsnet, MLB Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Pedro Martinez will be glad to hear that there is no rain in tonight’s forecast. However, with Tim Lincecum on the mound, a long rain delay doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

The Phillies bats need to wake up for the rubber match of the series.  They’ve scored only one run during the entire series, and 11 in the last six games.  It will not be easy to manufacture runs off, arguably, the best pitcher in the National League. Like Brad Penny last night, Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings against the Phillies this season.

Ryan Howard has two home runs in his career against Lincecum.  Randy Winn is 6-for-9 with 4 RBI against Pedro since 2004.

In case you have not seen David Wright’s ridiculous looking helmet that will be mandatory for all minor leaguers next season, don’t be surprised to see Shane Victorino sporting a large, “Great Gazoo” type helmet.  Todd Zolecki reports Victorino will be trying out the new helmet tonight.  As usual, Shane will bat second in the lineup.  Victorino is batting .267 with a home run in 15 at-bats against Lincecum.

Green Flash Le FreakYour Gameday Beer – Green Flash Le Freak
There is no coincidence in tonight’s selection, but it’s a great beer nonetheless. You might mistake Le Freak for a Tripel by the way it looks and its 9.2% alcohol content; however, it tastes and smells like an American IPA – it’s actually considered a hybrid of the two. Eat it with your favorite peaches dish, it will bring out the Belgian flavors of the beer. – By Brian


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  • Posts: 0 Tracey


  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    AMEN!!! Thank you God!!!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    WE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Lidge! :) :D :)

  • Posts: 0 Jessie

    he always gives me a heart attack

  • Posts: 0 justphantastic


    WE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Ed R. – then it’s not about match-ups to you, otherwise your bull pen needs to be full of closers by your logic of closing being a differen monster

  • Posts: 0 MOphan

    YES! Who says Phillies can’t win in a dominating pitching series? (The big guns need to get their act together) Phillies pitching comes through again!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I was worried that my slightly warm (maybe skunked?) Blue Moon was a bad omen.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    What a crazy series.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Pedro was tuned in tonight!
    Sweet win!

  • Posts: 0 Jessie

    bridge to lidge and lights out back??

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Ashburn to Pedro, of course.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    If I were a manager I would consider match ups much more heavily than managers do now, but I also know full well, that although I feel strongly about match ups, that does not mean that it is a successful strategy. It can be. My freshman year our team had two closers. A lefty and a right, worked out perfectly.

  • Posts: 0 justphantastic

    hey lidge’s era ===>6.89


    call the hall

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Oh good, Mitch is postgame tonight! I like Ricky Bo, but I’d much rather Mitch.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    The Phils will not face pitching like this for the remainder of the month… but it was sweet, like playoff baseball.

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    “He had some trouble with the leadoff hitter, other than that, he pitched real good.” – vintage Charlie.

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  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    So Mitch says Raul’s bat is slow, but you have to work your way out of it.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I think Raul is swinging hard but out of control..
    In the last 6 games, Phils are 4-2 Howard is 10 for 22 with 2 hrs, 4 doubles, 5 rbi – a .454 ba, .954 slugging percentage – he may be the only Phil that is hot right now but it is certifiably hot!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I remember when Ibanez said, after he won that game in extras against the Mets, that with his first swing he tried to do too much and he swung through it. He said “sometimes when you try to do more, you end up doing less, and sometimes when you try to do less, you end up doing more.”

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Brooks – we might have to face Josh Johnson one more time when we see the Fish again, but other than that I think your right….However we’ve seen the Phillies offense crumble against many a scrub pitcher the likes of Tim Redding. I think we see Oswalt…I don’t think he is in the same class anymore but on any given night can throw a gem like the days when he had Linececum-like status.

  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    At what point do you figure the other team will do the obvious and start giving Howard the Bonds treatment. Who else in that order can hurt you right now?

  • [...] made up for the minor offensive slump the Phillies were experiencing late in the season.  This home game was Pedro’s fifth start with the team which had won his first four. He was facing the Giants young phenom, Tim Lincecum.  [...]

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