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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 Ed R.

    27 outs is the Dodgers mantra? I thought it was just a fact of the game that there were 27 outs. For a place that houses Hollywood I would have expected some more creativity…or would I?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    tracey you didn’t understand my post….these announcers reactions have been dictated by the crowds hence the crying about the announcers being unfair to our team
    cosell era? when the announcers used to pass out drunk in the booth? lol

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    nice throw howard!!! nice call announcers, he called the play smooth as silk….loving the announcers reactions tonight..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    DP! WHEE!!! 6 up, 6 down, 29 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    That’s the way to throw the ball, Ryan

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I know we cant look back but how great would it be to be up 2-0 and now winning in this game. Sweep might have happen. Lets just win these three.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    i guarantee you that utley can’t wait to get his first fielding play out of the way

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Choooooooch

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    And the Phillies have now hit for the cycle in 8 batters.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    nice bunt

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That’ll do. And radio says Dodgers are already warming up a reliever.

     
  • Posts: 0 yoda

    patience rollins you must learn patience

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Tracey, if that’s what you want to call him. They are warming up Billingsley

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    HAHAHAHaHAHA!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Sayanarah mutha fuggah

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Peace out, Kuroda!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Phinally Mr. Rollins

     
  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

    Avatar of Pat Gallen

    If anyone’s thirsty, there is a late beer up now on the gameday if you refresh.

    Other than that, I’m happy right now. All is well in Phillies Nation, as of now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I disagree with GWFightinsFan, I wish they would keep him in there, I was really starting to like Kuroda. LOL. ;)

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    So, has Chase been kicked off the team yet?
    Or better yet, we could let him take Stairs’ job.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    okay, keep the hubris on the DL….the Baseball Gods are meanies

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Several ahead of you Pat. Drinking a few Dundee Oktoberfest Pumpkin Spice. Cheers.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    This is a GREAT start, but lets NOT sleep on this Dodgers team.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    j reed, does nagasaki count as hubris? hahaa

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whee! Another base runner.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Can Chase Utley redeem himself, or will he continue his current less than stellar ways.

     
  • Posts: 0 fitz

    What an absolutely perfect sports day this has been.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    joe torre is scrambling…lol

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Dave, he was traded for Bobby Jenks, I think

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Ruiz probably would have had that. LOL. ;)

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well apparently the team, like their fans is are a fair weather team. So sorry its not sunny and 93.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    So what happened to Billingsly this year, did he get injured or just lost it towards the end?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Um, anything but a DP I can accept.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    got the rbi nice job howard

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Mr. October

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    thats just fine with me!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I appreciate the RBI, Big Brown but a little more patience there with the bases loaded and a guy who has no control probably would have been the best course of action. After all, if that was Feliz we would be flipping out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Three pitchers before the end of the 2nd? Phan-o-Vision is going to run out of goof graphics!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Billingley sucked the 2nd half of the year. No injuries, just ineffective.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    It is kinda nice to breathe just a little bit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Howard might be Mr October, but honestly Werth hasnt really been a complete slouch either. Too bad that was foul, that would have been BEAUTIFUL. Oh well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    And just as I say that he swings at that crap. LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    there is no breathing until its all over hotdogs. Remember, the Dodgers play 27 outs….

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Thanks joedad…suprised the Dodgers, who are typically deemed a pitching club couldn’t right the ship.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I like your call on the Dundee, joedad…I’m putting away some Honey Browns myself. Not much of a fan of the Octoberfest beers myself. So I go will ole reliable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Good. I don’t want anyone who makes errors on back-to-back games on my team. It means that he’ll never be ever to throw to first again.
    2 errors= doomed for life

     
  • Posts: 0 newman

    Keith hernandez!!!!!! I LOATHE keith hernandez

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Ed R is correct, NEVER slouch on this lineup! VERY nice Clifford.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    *able to throw.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    This Ump’s strike zone seems wierd. Doesnt seem consistant. Anyone else notice that?

     
 
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