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Gameday: Nationals (50-93) at Phillies (82-60)

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, September 15, 2009 06:32 PM | Comments: 83
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Washington Nationals (50-93) at Philadelphia Phillies (82-60)

Garrett Mock (3-7, 5.75) vs. Cliff Lee (6-2, 3.11)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77
TV: CSN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies open a three game series at home with Washington Nationals tonight.  After taking the Mets series three games to one, the Phils look to put themselves in good position to end this homestand before embarking on a 10-game, 10-day road trip.  There are no more off days.

Ace Cliff Lee takes to the hill and he is a big reason the Phillies have the 2nd lowest ERA among starters since the All-Star break.   He and Garrett Mock faced off last week in DC with Lee allowing four earned runs on 10 hits en route to a 6-5 Phillies win.  In Lee’s last three starts he has allowed 10, 9, and 10 hits and 6,6, and 5 earned runs, easily his worst stretch all season.  This makes tonight’s start an important step in Cliff’s journey back to super-stardom. Cristian Guzman is 7-17 (.412) against Lee in his career while Adam Dunn has recorded 6 strikeouts in 18 at bats.

Garrett Mock has less of a storied career than the Phillies starter.  He was recalled mid-July from Syracuse (the Nats AAA-affiliate) after spending some time in the Nationals bullpen earlier in the year.  This will be his 12th start of the season, and the 15th of his career.  Lefties eat him him up, hitting .346 against him, but he has given up more home runs to right-handed batters (5 compared with 2).  The Phillies have yet to hit one out against him though.  He throws mainly fastballs and curves with an occasional changeup and slider mixed in.

The Phillies last 9 wins have been by 2 runs or less and their last 5 losses have been by 2 runs or less.  It’s time for a blowout.

Grand Slam Baseball BeerYour Gameday Beer – Grand Slam Baseball Beer
In honor of the need to “get some runs,” we’re bringing out the big gun tonight. Grand Slam Baseball Beer is brewed by the Vermont Pub and Brewery in downtown Burlington (home to a lot of good microbreweries). I sampled this one last year in one of their flight offering. It’s classified as an American Pale Ale, but it’s much weaker than that with just a light hop flavor. Have it with a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado. – By Brian

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  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    I’m first….hehe……Cliff Lee has thrown the most pitches amongst starters in MLB…I think he’s a little tried..So I’m not expecting a 8/9 inn 1 run or s/o performance..But what we do expect is better location on his fastball and a more frequ use of his cutter…Phillies O please score some runs early…We’re 7 up with 20 to go…None of us are any mood for anymore drama….I just watched Pedro’s performance again yesterday….Simply Amazing…….. Bit the O should’ve scored at least 2-3 more runs…

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    Just a small correction. The post states that the Phils have no more off days. While they have 20 games in 20 days, one of them is a doubleheader and they do have off next Monday. I really hope the Phillies offense breaks out of their funk for good during this series…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Well, that’s a great start…

     
  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Was busy with a move on Sunday and didn’t get a chance to chime in.Although you eliminated the Amazins and the season is “Over”,Well…..season isn’t over,still a little less than 3 weeks to go and I still root for the Amazins Mets til the bitter end.So with that I say this…..LETS GO METS!

     
  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Oh and forgot one thing…….ONLY 149 days til Pitchers and Catchers!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Hey, hey! Manufacturing runs!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    1-0 CHASE

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    colorado joe – i’m assuming you live in CO…If the Rox keep charging you might have the chance to see the phillies at coors field

    good work rollins, vic and ut

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Howard should learn to bunt to 3rd and he’ll make it to 1st 90% of the time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    our 2010 schedule was released today

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Grumpy – i think the games between us will be epic next year

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    grunpy – if your entire team can stay off the DL

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Ruiz! :D

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Way to go CHOOCH!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!!! 3 RBIS!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I got a fever and the only cure is more Nationals!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    CHOOOOOOOOOOCCCHHHH.,…. YEA METS SUCK EVERY YEAR..

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    This is called scoring with runners in SCORING POSTION

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    i’m getting out the defibulator…i got pains shooting up my left arm, tightness in my chest….4 consecutive homerless runs

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Still concerned about RISP???

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    garrett’s getting mocked by singles

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    manny – yes

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    An October offensive display in mid September???

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Looks like that Grand Slam Baseball Beer is working wonders. Hope you’re all drinking it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Still waiting on Brian of co. and his thoughts on the Mets sweep of the Phillies and the losing of the division plus the fact that the phillies are not favored to win the NL.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    the base running mistake by bard …vintage nats but getting hit by a batted ball….that’s some” if it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all” luck

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    We tonight, Marlins will lose. 8 up….ITS OVER

     
  • Posts: 0 My Cooler Does Sucks

    That was a strike.

     
  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    I see the irrational paranoia of missing the playoffs has cleared. See you in October!

     
  • Posts: 0 My Cooler Does Sucks

    Nats load um up but it’s still the Nats.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Where’d the strike zone move to?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I think CL loaded the bases up Cooler dude.. 3 walks

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Seriously, what is up with that strike zone!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    what a mockery

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I am not kidding. The senators came out early today to have extra practice running the bases. ha

    There is a reason ruiz is my favorite player.

     
  • Posts: 0 the lopez!

    i think bob michael will go nuts if the phillies make the world series again. it would be like girls high beating central high in softball. it would be that huge of a moment

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Ryan Howard still with 1 hr in the month of September. Is it possible he will have gas in the tank for the Playoffs? (wishful thinking here)

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    dodgers fan… see you in October?? Are u a Phillies season ticket holder or something… Get a life jack*ss!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    WTF are you talking about Brooks…. He has has carried this off. in September for years now. MLB teams are wising up by going around him…Raul carries the O at the begg. Howard picked it up when Raul was strugglling…. This is what you call a team….I swear by some of the postings that some of you don’t start watching basebal until mid-September…

     
  • Posts: 0 My Cooler Does Suck

    City of brotherly love.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    What planet are you on Repeat? Er.. aahh – we are talking about this year. And so far in September he is hitting .255 with 1 jack and 7 rbi in 14 games.
    Regardless of what anyone else does on this team, when the big man starts hitting, its in the bank – I think a lot of us were hoping that his September would somehow look like last years September.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    zzzzzzzzzzzz.
    Wake me up when the offense decides to play baseball.

    Packing it in after 2 innings against this scrub? Not good,especially with the bullen the Phillies have.

    Just can never understand why pros just give away at bats.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    unplug your fridge…and give the containers of your frozen urine to teejvee….. It’ll probably be the best adilut beverage he’s had in weeks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    that’s adult beverage of course…. We’re up 5-0 in the 7th…. Cliff Lee is still in the game… SO……..what are u talking about?

     
  • Posts: 0 My Cooler Does Suck

    Frozen urine in your fridge? WTF

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I guess some people would only be happy if we got like 5 hits and 5 runs every inning we play ;)

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Lee at 94 pitches, def will start the 8th. Looking good.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    yummmy

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    umps suck

     
  • Posts: 0 My Cooler Does Suck

    Yo Teejvee…. The season finale of MORE TO LOVE is on.
    You should watch it. I say he picks the fat chick.

     
 
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