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
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).

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  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Mike D. Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 9:39 pm
    “Mike D. Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 10:32 am
    Blanton will be fine. Even if he trails – and I’ve a feeling he will because Steve Phillips said on ESPN that Wolf is apparently excellent against lefties with his high fastball – he’ll keep it close enough that we’ll come back and win it. Maybe my prediction for Lidge getting the win will come true.”
    Half my prediction has come true. Time for the Phils to make the other half true.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Go go Brian Jr. Make us proud boy

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Mike D. – creepy….did you ever sign anything in blood, unwittingly make a pact with an unholy entity….just creepy…but good creepy. Hope your head doesn’t turn in a full circle anytime soon.

  • Posts: 0 Jason Bintliff

    Brian is an awesome name dude… I have a two month old, his name is Brian Chase!

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    This team just does not quit, they just don’t!!!!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Brian – no alumium bats…

  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Go Mike D… what an incredible prediction.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I dont know about you guys, but I have a nasty headache now. Maybe thats because I couldnt actually scream and yell and and I had to flip out and hold everything in as I was jumpng around like a complete IDIOT. Jason, Brian Chase is a good name. I have a nephew named Chase!

  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Could have swept this sh*t

  • Posts: 0 Tim Malcolm

    I love all you guys.

    And Jimmy got his game-winning hit with five minutes to spare on my birthday.

    Great win. Absolutely amazing.

    Cole FTW Wednesday.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Like I said yesterday, this Phillies team is a passionate emotional bunch! Last year was for Cholly’s mother and Vic’s grandmother, this year is for Harry! RIP Harry, the PHans of Philadelphia have NOT forgotten about you!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Broxton will need a contract extention to pay for his therapy after this…

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Happy Birthday Tim Malcolm! Great day for a birthday if I do say so myself. :)

  • Posts: 0 Manny


  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Can we sign Thome if the Phillies make it to the WS? They had him mic’ed on TBS. He genuinely is one of the good guys in baseball, and forever will be loved by Philly fans.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    j reed, aint no therapy for that boy, LOL. Stairs made him crap his pants

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Oh somebody pinch me!

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Gee guys I wonder who will get the Ashburn tonight? LOL. JK. I think this one is an open and shut case. Jonathan Broxton for the Ashburn all the way fellas! LOL.

  • Posts: 0 Pizza Bagel

    As we approach this Halloween time of the year I have seen a relevant likeness between our Phillies and a legend of the horror genre. The icon Jason Vorhees, no matter how many times people thought they had laid him to rest, always found a way to rise up out of the grave at the last second possible. Be afraid Dodgers/Angels/Yankees, be very afraid. We do not die easily.
    High hopes, baby.

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I was telling my buddy Dan how Harry would be so proud of this team. Dan said, “he is.” Because right now, somewhere, Harry is looking down and smiling, and by his side, Whitey is telling him, “hard to believe, Harry.”

  • Posts: 0 Scott

    Yeah, they could’ve swept, but that’s ancient history now. I’m feeling, uh, pretty good about the odds of winning one more out of three :-)

  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Mike D….that’s unbelievable.

    I’m not gonna be able to sleep either. Man. I’ll be around, watching post games galore and wallowing in the amazingness that is the soon to be WFC ’09 Phils.

    Goodnight all. Whatta game.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    joedad – New product line –

    DEPENDS FOR CLOSERS – “As if blown saves in October weren’t bad

  • Posts: 0 danny

    hope cole puts on his big boy pants wednesday

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    PhilliesNation staff, with the consent of you guys and the other posters on here, I have a picture of my son on a Phillies Blanket, is there a place to post it on here?

  • Posts: 0 danny

    i keep refreshing philly.com for some stories, but damn if an ending like that wont cause some deletions of pararaphs

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Its great when you don’t have to rush to find the remote turn off Sports Center when they segway to the heart wrenching loss your team suffered.

  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    By the way, hopefully someone gets a clip of Franzke and LA on JRoll’s hit. Syncing the radio to the TV was the only way to watch it. The genuine excitement, yelling, static from the deafening crowd… awesome.

  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Anyone at the game tonight?? What was it like when that hit happened?

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Listen to WPHT if you can, right now they’re recapping the game.

    Brian Sr. of CO, I totally consent with you doing this. Maybe the first Phillies Nation baby!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    With that said, Brian Sr., if the Phillies start losing after the picture goes up, it needs to come down. Surely you understand ;-)

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Congrats Brian! Glad to hear it.

    For the second year in a row the Phillies try to get me killed in game 4 by getting a dramatic game winning hit as I am driving home from work. Still I love it!

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    soooooo, where are all the dodger fans?

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    My computer froze up about an hour and a half ago. I never stopped believing. I am still in shock.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I understand Mike D! ;)

  • Posts: 0 DaveB

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Oh my God, Scott and LA were freaking out, Wowww.

  • Posts: 0 nate

    you guys gotta find the radio call of rollins hit. five times more awesome than the stairs call from last year. its awesome and i love LA (larry andersen) going nuts as franzke nearly loses his voice. just plain amazing.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Brian, really hope you named the kid Jimmy!

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    oh you guys are going to love this…


  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I may have to change his nickname to Jimmy after that one.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Matt stairs right in the middle of it again. Id not thought in a million years j roll gets a hit there. The announcers make broxton seem unhittable lol. Guess not. Ruiz is slower than Sid bream rounding the bases but he got there. Thats up there with game 4 last year. simply amazing i am still in shock. win 5 more games and th old man gets a statue at the stadium. I mean that seriously

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The thing I have said to everyone the past hour or so, “I knew they would win. I just did not think it would happen like that.” Incredible. I thought they would tie it up, and win in extra innings.

    It’s was funny, right before Jimmy came up to bat, my fiance said to me, “Well, are you excited to go to the game on Wednesday?” And I said,”yea, it’s going go be great to go to a clincher. Jimmy Rollins has been waiting his whole life for this moment.” And she looked at me like I was from Mars. Last Monday taught me to never stop believing.

    Finally, big round of applause for the bullpen for keeping it close. I will be sitting in section 414 on Wednesday, can’t wait to give the Dodgers hell.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Oh yea and lidge got the win! No other erson but the old man gets 2 saves in a win from lidge in this stiruation. Hell Id have had lidge not on the roster. Love the old man

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    And happy birthday, Tim! Nice to hear from you again. All is well, I hope?

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    The hospital as flickr and other photo sharing sites blocked. Thats stupid! I tried posting to Flickr. oh well.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    That was a really awesome call. They going crazy only made me want to go crazier. L.A. seemed to be trying to stay composed but then completely gave up on that. LOL!

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    still looking for those dodger fans.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    BlooBlood showed ip on the other post about hoping we learn what it felt like tonight. Need we remember the 1993 World Series. We know all to well what its like as Phillies fans to lose it in the bottom of the 9th on a walkoff. (we still forgive you Mitch Williams).

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