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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).

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GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yes Gehrig did. But now so has Howard. 8 games this post season and 4 from last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Blantons fastball loving strong, he is keeping the ball down.

    BOOOOOOOOOOO WOLF LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Dodger Blue

    Stay classy Phiilies fans! Boo Randy Wolf.

    Philly fans as classy as always!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    another 1-2-3 inning for Blanton! :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    No – Ryan has had rbis in 8 post-season games this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Sherlock Holmes looks good!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott

    They seem to be hitting Blanton fairly hard. Let’s hope they keep finding Philly gloves.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Sorry – I mis-read your comment, Ed.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Who is this “Lou Gehrig”?

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    LOL Dodger Blue……maybe we should get give him a standing ovation.

    Guess we will if we knock him out early

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Sorry Dodger BLEW…. We will try to class it up now that your here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Is he the guy with that disease named after him?

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    I mean… I didn’t hear many Dodger fans sucking up to Jayson Werth… what are you saying troll? What do you expect it’s the playoffs… you pansy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    PS: My apologizes to anyone who knows, has known, or has L.G’s disease. I was not trying to be offensive to anyone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    s’okay, Ed. I was going to joke that it was dumb to name a guy after a disease.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    None taken …Ed

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I’m surprised that umpires don’t have helmets. Sooner or later, a line drive of that velocity will hit someone in the side of the head, like it did that poor first base coach.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    OUCH!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    YOOOO he got mashed with that line drive! He shoulda just stayed put he jumped into it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES!!!! Whew, I was worried for a moment there.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Holy Sh*t Victorino can cover some ground.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Nice Vic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    You know, Cruzin, every time I see your name I think of the Real Men of Genius commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rObUmdRMPoI

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    YOU DID STEROIDS!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    YOU DID STEROIDS!

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    George Lopez isn’t funny. How does he get another show?

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Come on Blanton

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Come on, Joe, you can do this!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    You know, I really hate Manny.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Crowd is LOOOOUD

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    No offspeed stuff to WoManny!

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    damn

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Son of a b*tch.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Dammmnnnnn. Minimize this damage!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    blah, come on Blanton!

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Come on Joe, shut em down now. No more

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Ump is all over the place

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    rut ro

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    WALKKKK damnn

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Gotta bear down here!!!! Big time pitches Joe

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Am I the only one a little frustrated when the TBS announcer suggested to Torre that he slow Blanton down?

    What the hell is that?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh, Blanton’s falling apart.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I don’t think we’ve seen Blanton’s change-up, have we?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Not good…not good…keep the faith…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    oh man…

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Ok got the damage control there…..tie game. Lets get to work with those bats

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Well, that could have been so much worse. Still in it. We have more outs to work with. Now all we need to do is somehow remind the Phillies hitters that just because they’re facing Randy Wolf, doesn’t mean they’ve won. I think they’ll be fine, though. Hopefully, Blanton got his focus back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Blanton looked aweful against a bunch of scrubs. Nobody on this dodger team scares me. get happ out there in the 5th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Utley, Howard, and Werth. let’s go!

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    LOL Tracey…… I am a dealer for cruzin coolers. They are these crazy coolers you can drive.

     
 
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