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Gameday: Phillies (88-62) at Marlins (81-71)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 23, 2009 06:15 PM | Comments: 275
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Marlins Philadelphia Phillies (88-62) at Florida Marlins (81-71)

Cole Hamels (10-9, 4.07) vs. Rick Vandenhurk, RHP (2-2, 4.24)

Time: 7:10 p.m. at Land Shark Stadium in Miami
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 83
TV:CSN
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With three games in two days, the onus is on the Phillies to brave the swelter of South Florida and fight through the fatigue that comes with 150-plus games.  Yesterday, in splitting a double header, they kept the Marlins at arms length.

Tonight, Cole Hamels looks to continue his upward trend moving toward the postseason.  Overall, it hasn’t been the kind of year that was expected from Hamels, but lately he is changing that. He goes for win number 11 tonight, coming off of an eight inning, 10-strikeout performance against the Nats on September 17.  His lifetime numbers against the Marlins do not stand out (2-5, 4.19 ERA), however, he has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his five career starts at Land Shark Stadium.  This start could go a long way toward being the number one starter when the playoffs come around.

Henricus “Rick” Vandenhurk will oppose Hamels.  The 6-foot-5 righty hails from the Netherlands, and is just 24 years old.  In nine starts this year he’s been average, but the Phillies cannot sleep on him.  He’s given up nine homers in those starts, so if the Phillies can get the longball working once again, this could be over quickly.  With the game time temperature in the 80′s, along with the humidity, hopefully the Phils can wear him out with some early damage.

This evening, keep an eye on Cody Ross.  The Marlins centerfielder has smashed three home runs against Hamels in his career, including the game winner on August 8th when it appeared Hamels would be victorious.  Hanley Ramirez has also been a pain, hitting .310 against the lefty.

Good news today out of the bullpen as Scott Eyre has been deemed ready to pitch once again, according to Rich Dubee. J.C. Romero is getting close as well after yesterday’s 50-pitch bullpen session.  He will face live hitters tomorrow in an instructional league assigment.

Old MilwaukeeYour Gameday Beer – Old Milwaukee
Old Milwaukee, believe it or not, is brewed by Blue Ribbon winner Pabst’s which is based out of Illinois. Don’t worry though, it’s still an authentic mid-west macrobrew that is best served ice cold. The flavor is light, kinda grainy, kinda corny, but not too bitter – overall drinkable. Grill some flavored chicken sausages to with it. – By Brian

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    What record do we have to have to get the dodgers round 1?
    i do not want any part of St louis or colorado round 1
    I am thnking we want st louis to have a better record or if we do we will draw colorado

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    old milwaukee was a bad mistake and I had to apologize to my friends for days afterwards.

    thing is, you have to be drunk before it is drinkable…

    go phillies

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Zolecki’s Twitter: Ruiz’s MRI shows no structural damage. Could get a shot tomorrow. If so, would be out 3 to 5 days.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok, we got a game with the Marlins tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Marlins!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    If the Phillies finish behind the Cardinals, they would play at the Dodgers. And the Rockies would play the Cardinals. The other option is that the Rockies overtake the Dodgers, and the Phillies stay ahead of the Cardinals. The Rockies would host the Cards and Phillies would get the Dodgers. But don’t worry too much. The Phillies have played the Rockies well this year, and the Rockies struggle against lefties.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Does anyone else hate the batting stance guy?
    Thank god he isnt a philly thing. They are pushing him on the crappy marlins broadcast.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Let’s go King Cole!

     
  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    Yea, that guy is corny. He sent us some Phillies batting stance videos a while back asking us to post them…I didn’t think they were that interesting.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Hard to forget that uncompeteive 3 game sweep 2 years ago
    And they ahave been hot. They worry me the dodgers do not.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo-33

    Old Milwaukee? Maybe as a cure for constipation, but for God’s sake, it’s the end of Sept, there are at least 30 good Octoberfest beers out there. Could use a strong start by Cole, hopefully Ruiz back in a few. Any news on Pedro M?

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Embarassing,

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    let me guess its rains alot in the tropics

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    perdo m’s brain fell out

     
  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    I’d just like to point out that I am watching the game on ESPN…on a Virgin America plane heading to Los Angeles. This is awesome….I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy the flight…I’m gonna order a beer.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Yet another BRUTAL choke job w man on 3rd.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    what the hell happened….just throw the bat at the ball

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    huge fail on Shane and Chase part!

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    BRUTAL BRUTAL

    Atta way Shane and Chase.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    wow, i’d give a kidney to get ichiro here

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Are we really going to have runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs and not score even one of them? Really?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Wow….was it just me or did Howard just poke one that hit off the opposite field wall? That is amazing.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    good now i don’t have to buy a new tv

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    Good thing Howard came through because that was starting to look pretty pathetic.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    yeah the worse part would have been 2nd and 3rd, no outs with hamels on 3rd

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Brian – that indeed is a great way to enjoy a plane ride!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    if it’s no outs with the pitcher on 3rd and you fail to score somehow…you should be bitch slapped by the pope

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    beautiful pitch Mr. Hamels

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    the Marlins have put together a decent team that no one shows up to see. They are worse teams that bring more people. Does this mean less talented teams get less of the revenue sharing than the Marlins because they bring in more people to their ball park?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    that’s “There are worse…”

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    light night on the message board. go phils

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    The team should be moved. Maybe 1 team in florida but 2 no way.
    It is pathetic for sure

    Someone is going to explain to me why they are building a new park for the marlins also.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Another Hamels batting practice stint,
    Very frustrating.
    Everything being hit HARD.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    It’s probably to difficult to retro-fit Dolphins stadium with a retractable dome. Still that doesn’t mean they should keep the team. I think NC or portland, oregon should get this team (still needs a retractable dome either way) and it or some other NL xpansion team should go to the AL.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    he’s not using his curveball as much as the last few games

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    plus the offense being shut down.AGAIN.
    By a scrub.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    the marlins kill hamels they should of let happ go tonight and let cole go tomorrow .

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    kaboom

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Raaaaauuuuuul!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    WOO HOO COLE!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Glad to see Hamels brought his stick to the park cause his pitching has been spotty tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I dont think the marlins are that good. Closer to the Nats than to the elite teams.
    Are the serving Old Milwaukee on the flight? I would go get some but I dont want to be sick tomorrow.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Cole has to shut them down this inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    boy maybe that’s why no curve…it looks like crap..maybe the wet ball affects his curveball grip too much

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Andrew – relative to their payroll and experience the Marlins are pretty good

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I agree j-reed. Truthfully, if the Marlins were in any other division I would root for them as the underdog. They are like the Twins, except with more home runs and less fans.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo-33

    Don’t know the actual stats, but seems like Nashville is the biggest market without a baseball team. Seems like they’d support a good team (do so in football, don’t know how the predators draw).

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    it’s clobberin time

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    130 RBIs for Howard!

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Those punches come in bunches…

    Old Milwaukee was served only to the freshmen at my school’s frat parties… lol.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    As a big hockey fan, Nashville doesn’t draw too well in that sport. It doesn’t do poorly by any stretch but I don’t know if I would be so quick to put a team there. I think Portland deserves a team. Seattle could use a good rival.

     
 
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