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NLCS Gameday: Dodgers at Phillies, Game 3

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, October 18, 2009 07:30 PM | Comments: 362
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Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) http://jenandavid.com/dodgers.jpg

Hiroki Kuroda, RHP vs. Cliff Lee, LHP

Time: 8:07 p.m at Dodger Stadium
Weather: 70% chance of rain, 37
TV: TBS
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The National League Championship Series moves to Philadelphia after the Phillies and Dodgers split the first two games.  The first game featured home runs from Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez.  Despite a stellar performance by Pedro Martinez, the Phillies blew a 1-0 lead thanks to a throwing error by Chase Utley.  After an off day, the series returns with Hiroki Kuroda and Cliff Lee on the mound.

From one extreme to another, weather will be a factor. The weather was beautiful in Los Angeles; 93 degrees and sunny.  It’ll be the complete opposite in Philly: cold and rainy.  The frigid temperatures didn’t seem to bother Lee in game four of the division series.  “I think that affects the hitter more than the pitcher,” Lee said.

Lee has been streaky since joining the Phillies.  He went a perfect 5-0 with an ERA under one in his first five starts, but scuffled towards the end of the year posting an ERA over six.  Right now, he’s in a hot streak.  In 16.1 innings during the NLDS, Lee allowed only two earned runs.  Lee’s only start against the Dodgers came in his Cy Young year.  He pitched seven shutout innings before exiting after allowing a one-run single.

Lee has benefited from the hometown crowd, posting a 2.52 ERA at Citizens Bank Park.  However, Lee will have to watch out for Manny Ramirez.  Ramirez is 6-for-14 (.429) with two home runs against the lefty.

Kuroda will make his second postseason start against the Phillies, with the last coming in 2008′s NLCS.  Kuroda will forever be known as the pitcher who threw at Shane Victorino’s head, but also leading the Dodgers to their lone NLCS victory that year.  He pitched six innings allowing two runs in 08′s NLCS, but that is only a small portion of his success against the Phillies.  In three starts, Kuroda is 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and .100 BAA against the Phillies in his career.  He has struck out 17 Phillies in 19 innings.

Kuroda tossed six shutout innings against the Phillies earlier this year, but there is uncertainty surrounding this start.  Kuroda will be pitching for the first time in over three weeks due to a herniated disk in his neck.  Kuroda also suffered an oblique injury and was hit in the head with a line drive this season.

While Manny is always a threat for the Dodgers, Ruiz has been the biggest threat this postseason.  Ruiz is 7-for-18 (.389) with a home run, six RBI, and a stolen base during the 2009 playoffs.

“I’ve got all the faith in the world in our team. It’s going to be a good series, guys. This series by no means is over. It’s going to be a tough series,” Charlie Manuel said.

Break out the rally towels.  Home-field advantage starts now.

Tonight’s Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C), Lee (P).

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Franziskaner
Why Franziskaner? Because I’m drinking one right now.  And my mom likes it, and she hates beer, so it’s that good.  Brewed in Munich, it’s not too heavy and not too light, and gives off a nice wheat flavor.  Enjoy with a pork tenderloin and celebrate a Phillies victory.  – By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    LETS GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Time for a Hiroshima attack by the Phils offense!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    We gotta believe

     
  • Posts: 0 Justin

    This weather must just feel like a slap in the face to anyone accustomed to LA temperatures.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jarod

    Alright 17 minutes till first pitch by Lee. The woeful eagles couldn’t score against the raiders (not an eagles fan, but nothing to watch on tv) hopefully phils can. Go Phillies!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Prediction: Phils score more than the Pigeons did today.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Gotta get to Kuroda early!! Go Phillies!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    aww the anti eagles sentiment sucks in here, hope there aren’t any cowboys fans in here

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    I hate these TBS guys. They are all about L.A.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Ray, cowboy fans are almost as bad as Yankees fans.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yeah, but TBS made Philly look good pre-game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (the city, not the team)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLL!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    that’s cause they are frontrunners pumping their chests about how many championships their team won and meanwhile they are from around here
    wow ibanez that ball was tailing on him

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    1-2-3 inning! Way to start the game!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    we need runs and more runs i don’t want to sweat tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’ve got tix for Game 5, and I want to be there when they win the league penant!, so they have to win tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    justin – yeah cool weather might be a slap in the face but it’s a sinkerballer’s best friend.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I dislike the Eagles this year, actually only the owner, because they signed Vick but I would never root for the Cowgals.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Let get it going early. last 2 games were painful.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Remember Pearl Harbor and the Kamakazi pitch to your head Victorino!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    i can’t stand vick or joe banner but it would take a lot for me to not like the eagles, vick is a non factor and should be off the team by next year i hope…he’s a has been or never was

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO!!! Victorino gets the first hit of the game!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Win this one for Tracey so she can party after game 5.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEE!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Thanks, Joedad! :D

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    BEAT LA! BEAL LA!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    They certainly seem to be off and running so far!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Is it me or is Kuroda taking so long that time is moving backwards

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OH YES!!! RYAN HOWARD IS THE MAN!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Big Brown I Believe!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Wax on wax off motha fuggah

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh baby, look at that thing roll around in the corner…

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    howardddddddddddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!! i guess andrew is at his friend’s telling him how every team has a power hitting first baseman like howard

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    and andrew is always keeping tabs on madson, rollins, utley to see if the phillies are throwing games

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Nagaksi

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh baby! HOME RUN JAYSON WERTH!!!! Look at that bell ring!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    WERTH WHILE!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    So glad I am listening to the local radio broadcast. I’ll bet the TBS guys are very blah about this. LA and Franzke are having fun.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    The kid from Christmas Story is warming up. Suck it LA

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    LA says the Phils just need a double to hit for the cycle in this inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I cant here it here Tracey, we and the fans are drowning them out

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    the announcer was all over that home run call…it’s a matter of letting the crowd control your emotions….. it’s unprofessional but these guys are doing it…..the fans get too caught up with the announcers

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO!!! I’ll take a 4-run first.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    tracey I didn’t see your post when I posted mine…..the announcer was anything but blah on that home run call

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    It’s unprofessional for the announcers to be excited? Dude, I grew up in the Howard Cosell era; I’ll take unprofessional any day.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Shut em down, Cliff

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Love the first inning score.
    Figures the offense would not do anything against a scrub, but then come back with this against someone who pitches decently.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’m surprised the fans aren’t giving Manny the “steroids” chant they gave Giambi last week.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Let’s hear a chant of STER ROIDS STER ROIDS

     
 
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