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Gameday: Phillies (77-55) At Astros (64-70)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, September 05, 2009 06:05 PM | Comments: 308
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Philadelphia Phillies (77-55) at Houston Astros (64-70)

Joe Blanton (9-6, 3.77 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (8-5, 3.80 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 83
TV: MY PHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Since Sunday, the Phillies have scored six lonely runs.  Even though the pitching allowed 14 runs, the Phillies have been able to win three games.  Subtracting Cliff Lee’s poor outing, the Phillies were only outscored 8-6.  They have been facing great pitching, and today will be no different.  Regardless, the offense needs to get back on track.

Joe Blanton will take the mound against Roy Oswalt.  Blanton is 5-2 with a 2.41 ERA in his last 12 starts.  Blanton won his only career start against Houston.  He pitched seven innings and allowed three runs.

Oswalt is 6-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 10 games against the Phillies.  Oswalt starts to pick it up in the second half, especially September.  He is 28-8 with a 2.54 ERA in September/October.

Tonight’s Lineup:  Chase Utley is out with a bruised, swollen foot

Shane Victorino (CF)/ Jayson Werth (RF)/ Jimmy Rollins (SS)/ Ryan Howard (1B)/ Raul Ibanez (LF)/ Pedro Feliz (3B)/  Miguel Cairo (2B)/ Paul Bako (C)/ Joe Blanton (P).

Your Gameday Beer – Racer X
We’re staying with an American Imperial IPA for tonight’s recommendation because it’s not only delicious but it goes great with BBQ. You may recall reading about Racer 5 which is a little more widespread than its older brother, but X has more malt, more hops and not surprisingly more alcohol. Taste-wise, this brew has a strong hoppy aroma with notes of orange, mango, peaches and lemon zest. Eat it with some grilled lemon pepper chicken kebobs. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    With Miguel Cairo at 2nd, I’m not counting on the offense getting back on track! Call me a skeptic1

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillygirl

    Why is Utley off? Is it just to rest him or is something wrong?

    I agree Greg about Cairo.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillygirl

    oops! Totally missed that line…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    he’s out with a bruised, swollen foot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I wonder why they aren’t starting EB? At least he was starting to hit. Is Cairo a lefty?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Jimmy Rollins, 1 walk in the last 14 games.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    any predictions tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Phillies score 1 run, in the 8th inning off some scrub reliever and lose 2-1.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Jimmy Rollins doesnt get a walk.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    well its hard to walk when you swing at and line out on the first or second pitch of every at bat.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh will Rauuuul ever return?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    yeah, didn’t think Cairo &/or Bako would produce.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    yes Raul will return. But not nearly to what we saw the first few months…

    um where the hell was that 0-2 pitch to Tejada? Looks right down the middle to me. It was perfect.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well that sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I gotta feeling we are going to get SWEPT by the Astros. It is going to be a long September for the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ugh. What is this, a rerun?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Definitely a rerun. I remember sloppy fielding like that last night too.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    we’ll Ed R, – that’s 2 …half the prediction

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Astros still getting the luck with their bloop singles

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    we just have to put up the 1 measly run

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Considering they lead the league in GIDP, I’d say the Astros are even that much more lucky than their bloop singles

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    i hope I am wrong, I really really do.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    prolly will be, I think we’ll give up more runs :P

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well i’m getting some coffee not like I’m missing much…

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Jeeeeeeez! This game is looking almost as bad as yesterday’s!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    wow…i still haven’t left and they’re almost done batting..that ain’t good

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    it’s not even entertaining.

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Okay folks…lets hope this isn’t the start of a collapse. The Phils bats have fully disappeared in the past week, and the pitching is now starting to be inconsistent. The Marlins are on our tails as they are easily going to beat Washington tonight and could close the gap to 6.5 games back. This is scary. Where are the Phillies bats? Can they not hit anymore?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    6.5 games is a pretty long tail

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I agree D.C, the Marlins are going to make it interesting. After their inter team spat between Uggla and Ramirez they have not lost a game. Maybe two guys on the Phillies need to go at each other. It’s a good thing Myers is back. They Phillies have just lost the fire, they need to get it back. Somehow. They need a spark.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    We have 6 games left with the Marlins SO ANYTHING can happen. The Phils have been struggling for too long. I am getting concern. We can’t hit. And when we do, we can’t score. The PHILS are in trouble.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    and I was right, oh well

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    this is officially pathetic

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    well I was wrong, sadly, not the way I had hoped. Guess I’ll go watch some Va-Tech and Alabama. That should atleast be entertaining.

    67 pitches so far for Blanton through 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Admittedly, not as pathetic tonight as last night, but not good.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    For all you Phils fans that think the end is near, Doomsday 2012: The End of Days is on the History Channel. That might be more up your alley than a Phils game :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh when we hit it hard we hit it at them, if that was the Astros batting it wouldn’t be hit at us. bad luck for the Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    I’m an inning away from switching to the Rays game! This is pathetic!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    can Raul get a hit?

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    I say he smacks a home run in the 8th inning when we’re down 10-0!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    not a chance

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    They need to give Ibanez a day off. Or three…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    GET BACK TO THE GAME YOU IDIOTS! I’m tired of watching the announcers contemplate their navels!

     
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  • Posts: 0 Keith

    another quick lousy inning, oh well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Blanton, at least (unlike Lee last night) seems to have settled down. But we need to start hitting the ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nvm, Bako actually got a hit. but what’s the chance Blanton gets on?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    O’s Bros? OK, they get points for the name, but is there a theme, or are they just random costumes? That was weird.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Phils win 6-3

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    hee hee. I like the way you think, Joe!

     
 
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