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NLCS Gameday: Dodgers at Phillies, Game 4

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 19, 2009 06:37 PM | Comments: 550
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Los Angeles Dodgers (1-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (2-1) http://jenandavid.com/dodgers.jpg

Randy Wolf, LHP vs. Joe Blanton, RHP

Time: 8:07 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 44
TV: TBS
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Ho-Lee smokes.  That was some sort of outing, eh?

Cliff Lee absolutely dominated the L.A. Dodgers last night at CBP, firing an eight-inning gem to put the Phils up 2-1 in the NLCS.  His performance was one of the finest in Phillies history.

Joe Blanton doesn’t have to repeat last night’s outing, but no one would mind if he did.  Although he has not started a game since October 2 against Florida, Blanton has toed the rubber twice during the playoffs, with both appearances coming against Colorado in relief. Last postseason against the Dodgers, Blanton was decent, giving up three earned runs over five innings in the Game 4 victory.  A repeat performance of that would be just fine tonight. And if Blanton comes up big, the Phillies will be in control of this series.

Standing in the way of that is an old Philly favorite.  Randy Wolf will face off against the Phils for the fourth time in his career, but the first in the playoffs as a member of the Dodgers.  Wolf is 1-1 against his former club in 2009, with two very different games.  On May 13 in Philadelphia, Wolf was brilliant, striking out eight over six-innings, allowing just one earned run.  On June 7, the Phils traveled to L.A. and knocked him around for six earned over 6 1/3.  Which Wolfie will we see tonight?  Hopefully the latter.

Amazingly, Pedro Feliz has owned Randy Wolf in his career. Feliz is 5-for-17 against Wolf with three homers.  However, on the flip side, Ryan Howard has been awful against the junkball-throwing lefty. The Big Piece is just 1-for-9 with four punchouts in his career.

Blanton has been good against Matt Kemp (2-for-11) and Casey Blake (1-for-21) during his career, but awful against Manny Ramirez (14-for 25, HR, 8 RBI) and James Loney (5-for-8).

A commanding 3-games-to-1 lead is on the line tonight in South Philly, and it’s up to Joe Blanton to keep the ball rolling.

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

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Sierra Nevada Porter
Sierra Nevada Porter doesn’t have the same malt taste as other beers from the brewery. It has a smoky flavor with  hints of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. It is remarkably smooth and an overall great tasting genuine porter. This should keep you nice and warm on this chilly October evening. For dinner tonight: Steak. – By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Dodger Blue

    As a Dodgers fan, I really, really like tonight’s chances. Cliff Lee is amazing, obviously, but he can’t pitch every night and he certainly isn”t pitching tonight.

    Joe Blanton is good, but he is no Cliff Lee, or even a Cole Hamels.

    There will be a lot of sad faces at Citizens Business Bank Park tonight.

    As many say in Cali, esta noche sera la noche del lobo.

    Tonight will be the Night of the Wolf.

     
  • Posts: 0 Wes

    Please….

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Dodger Blue…..I predict a close game 6 to 5… but sorry your guys go down . LETS GO PHILLIES!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Go for the Jugular tonight, boys!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I think Randy is rattleable (is that a word?), I seem to remember him losing control somewhat in this park when he pitched for the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Your right Dodger Blue, Joe Blanton isn’t Cliff Lee, or Cole Hamels, but neither is Padilla, Wolf, Kershaw, Kuroda or whoever else the Dodgers throw out there. You all are very confident considering you haven’t won a game yet. The Phillies gift wrapped one for you.

    I honestly think I am beginning to dislike Dodger trolls more than Met’s trolls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    As a Phillies fan, I really like tonight’s chances.

    De profundis clamavi ad te philliesnation

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    let’s go PHILLIES!!! :D

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    et tu brute?

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Wolf is 9 and 7 with a 4.30 ERA in 27 starts in Citizens bank park.

     
  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    George, Wolf is definitely rattleable – good point.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    LETS GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Angels with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. 1 out, Hunter up to the plate.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Angels don’t score

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    God loves the Yankees. It’s so obvious.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Great start for Joe, lets get the bats going early!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Jimmy!

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Keep em there Wolfy…..

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Boys looking a little too antsy at the plate right now. Patience!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Love the patience….4 pitches through 3 batters.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Looks like another tight strike zone tonight….

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    HOWARDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :D

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    MR OCTOBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STRIKES AGAIN!!

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    swing and a long drive THIS BALL IS OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    HOWARD!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Pitch the Big Fella slower!

    And watch him hit it faster!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Big Brown!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO!!! PHILS DOMINATE THE 1ST AGAIN!

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Rattleable.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    LMAO at TBS announcer whining…….need a tissue?

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Uh oh, Wolfie’s neck is starting to redden, he’s a little rattled already….

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Great start!!!! Lets get this done!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Yea Dodger blue I like your chances too. NOT….LOL Howard is on fire. Oh baby.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Looks like Yanks/Angels dont feel like ending anytime soon

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    i’m listening to the WPHT feed

    what are the TBS announcers whining about?

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    TBS announcers were whining that Wolf was getting squeezed (probably true) but dont think they gotta make it so obvious

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice Blanton, nice :D

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    BlanTon! Looking good… keep throwin’ strikes.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Did Howard just tie Gerhig’s consecutive play-off RBI’s?

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Interesting fact:
    The Angels have never had a walkoff HR in their postseason history

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Angels win 5-4 walkoff double

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Angels win.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    j reed – Yes.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I think the Angels won

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Angels just win with a walkoff double by Mathis scoring Kendrick from first.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Where is his strike zone?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    He did J-reed.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Although didn’t Gehrig do it over several seasons?

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Ok Big Joe, back to work. Another shutdown inning please sir!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Come on fellas, keep the pressure on.

     
 
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