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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 Morris Buttermaker

    At about 5, I was all set to call a friend from DC and bust his chops about the Skins, but then I watched a few minutes of the Eagles and decided to hold off.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    manny can be so friggin comical sometimes…lmao

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Darn, Lee gave up a single in that inning. :(

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    boilermaker i was thinking the same thing when kansas city beat the skins…..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    hahahaha, thats just wrong Ray.

    Something is wrong when my heart skips a beat the second Utley has to throw the ball now…it’s so wrong I just can’t help it.

    I am with Brian. I have always disliked Reid. He does the same stuff he did 10 years ago. He has failed to adjust while the rest of the league has. The Eagles were the only dominate team in a terrible NFC. I don’t like McNabb much either and I honestly think he could have won a ring on another team, a team better built for his talents. He is not a west coast style QB despite what Andy Reid will say.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    @Morris Buttermaker, I 100% agree with you on that comment on local brews! The Philly area is very lucky with some of their local and regional Brews (Yuengling is one of my favorites that I can NOT get here in Colorado :) ) I try to drink only locals here in Colorado here as well. We have some decent ones, but I think the Philly area is better than here slightly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I have no problem with McNabb all the time. My SERIOUS problem, is the playcalling! IDIOT. How can you have a team with this much talent, and have such a poorly called (and executed) game.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    the phillies are cruising so we have to go the negative route this is philadelphia christopher!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    haha even better coverage yet. well done TBS.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    @christopher, I 100% agree with the comment about Vic. Pure class! He may look like an idiot on the basepaths sometimes, but still one of my favorites.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    RIGHT ON RAY. I was waiting for the “negative” comment! LOL. We are Philadelphia fans damnit, its our god given right to be mean, and negative. LOL. JK.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    back to the phillies kids…….they need to get a few more hits to really damage the bullpen…..let’s go phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Brian of Co…you have Blue Moon, what more could you ask for?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Thats what I was saying. I like 6 runs, but I would like to “damage” the bullpen a little bit!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    First time Ibanez has gotten on base tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEE!!! About time Feliz started hitting!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I am glad we are winning this game but it would make me feel better if we could score some more runs. I hate when we do all of our scoring in one inning….as I type this Feliz is sliding into third…so ok, forget that I just said this.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    SWEET FIRST PITCH SWINGING BABY

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    the phillies have now scored a touchdown!!!! lol

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    FELIZ! the nose bandage pays off to change his luck!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Ed R, thats pretty good, but I prefer local not national stuff.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Yea, none of us have anything to say when the game is going this great. We can get on Raul’s case for his crap game so far. But then he just got a walk…

    I like Yuengling a lot, and miss it so much when I travel around the country. It’s so great to be able to get a delicious beer for $2.50. And Victory, Sly Fox and Stoudt’s are making some really great beers. I highly recommend the Stoudt’s Gold. I just recently discovered it. It is splendid.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Billingsley was going to pitch a few innings regardless of how many runs he gave up. He is their white flag.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That’s score in 3 innings. And here comes another one!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Atta boy Chooch

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Chooch-a-matic

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    can we save some of these runs for when clifford isnt pitching?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Ok, this is nice to see ladies and gentlemen. I would love to see this same attitude tomorrow and the Game 5! Especially tomorrow as my son will be born tomorrow! Lets go boys!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    andrew says a lot of moronic things but he is a big ruiz backer, i’ll give him that

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Well, that blows my prediction, but BlooBlood’s (9-2) is still in play

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    And HATES Ryan Howard and Jason Werth. LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    why does pedro have the bandage?

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    CONGRATS BRIAN OF CO.
    He wil deff be born tomorrow or his due date is tomorrow?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Brian – Congratulations!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Just curious…would you pull Lee after 6 and maybe try and save his arm a bit? Because I absolutely would.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    why does feliz have a bandage?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Thanks Stuart! Scheduled C-Section, so it is tomorrow. Trust me I have thought about asking to wait, but my wife would shoot me. LOL. So far, October hasnt been bad for my family! My B-Day is 21 Oct (Phillies won the WS in 1980 on 21 Oct. They won the WS last year. They are looking pretty good this year, so hopefully the rest of October works out well, and into early November!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Congrats Brian. Good luck tomorrow.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    as much of an eagles fan i am, and i am big time, it’s great that the phillies have shoved it right up joe banner’s ass deep and hard by winning a championship and being so successful these last few years….he’s an arrogant jerk and his jealousy of the phillies burns in his stomach so hard he probably has an ulcer

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam

    I agree with Brian of CO and Ed R about Reid and his playcalling
    and yes, I would like them to save some runs for Blanton. ALthough, Blanton has been good this season, and when called upon in the post-season still good. I have faith he can hold the Dodgers down. The trick IMO is not allowing this series to go to game 7 and use Lee again. They need to save him for the next round (if they get there)

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The earliest Lee could pitch would be Friday. I would just keep him and let him finish off the game. No point in burning out any other arms.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I hate the Eagles but the Phillies might score more. LOL. Vick is just a waste. Why disrupt the offense to bring him in. My G men were destroyed today. Hopefully they will become humble. Watching Brady was like playing Madden 10 on PS3

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Ok so how long do we keep Lee in for?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    @Ed R, I dont think I would. 7th maybe, 6th no, but honestly it depends on his pitch count. I mean right now he is only at 78. I would let him in there to get through the 7th.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    So nice to have an

    Ace Ace Baby

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Congratulations Brian. Hope you enjoy your last good night of sleep for 5 years.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    ed r i would wait until after 7
    brian don’t even think about asking her to wait…omg..lmao…you are a real diehard though i’ll give you that cole hamels could learn a thing or two from you

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    There is NO WAY that Charlie is taking the ball out of Lee’s hand while he has a shut-out going.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Congrats Brian! We have 6 and wish we could have more. Nothing better in life than to have a little one…or 6

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    ok we have to classify amaro with being being a genius….getting lee instead of halladay and saving a lot of our minor league guys…..sometimes being a genius involves a little luck too because could’ve he have really foreseen all this?

     
 
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