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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 A Detectible Met Horror

    It’s a whole new ballgame… let’s start over.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Why isn’t he throwing more sliders to the right handers.

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    TBS announcers are garbage. They can hardly contain their excitement for LA, especially Carey. Glad I was at the park last night and didn’t have to listen to them.

    And to “phans” that are starting to panic – it’s 2-2. You didn’t expect another 11-0 game, did you? Keep your cool. It’s a tie ball game.

    We’re the F I G H T I N S!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Cruzin: Yeah, I remember seeing it in a Dave Barry column!

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Gotta be patient with Wolf! Make him throw the fastball for a strike!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Exactly…………

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Why would you be so quick to go to Happ? He hasn’t exactly looked good. 3 ER, 4 walks in 3 and a third innings in the post season.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    That was a strike?

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Why aren’t they showing any of these Wolf pitches on pitchtrax

    Did you notice they completely stopped using it… wonder if MLB told them to stop because it is totally different than the umps strike zone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Wolf is Moyer with an 8mph jump in his fastball. They’re bailing him out. Especially Rollins and Vic in the 3rd.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Met Horror – really? I didn’t notice. Interesting.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    and Utley… These umps continue to be all over the place.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Okay, so now we’ll see if Blanton’s recovered his focus.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Those announcers can spin it any way they want, fact is Torre f’d up his starting rotation for this series.

    Ok, not sure where TBS gets its demographic info, but you’d think we’re all a bunch of greying, impotent, incontinent old men.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Utley is swinging at some garbage, though. He has been down for a while.

    These announcers need to get off the tying the series talk. Thinking positive thoughts, douches?

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    I don’t think it’s that far fetched but we’ve all seen how many strikes that have popped up for either side that were called balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Also, Blanton is having trouble sitting guys now. Too many two-strike losses. (And now he gets one.)

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    New drinking game! Take a drink every time you see Craig Sager wearing a ridiculous suit!

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Settle back in Blanton, come on

     
  • Posts: 0 chuckS

    The ump and the tbs guys are really starting to irrate me

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Why is there always some chump in every sport that feels the need to make ridiculous suits that are not professional in any way their trademark. Who’s that guy in hockey… Don Cherry?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh now we’re losing.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    shiiiiiiiit

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    argh

     
  • Posts: 0 chuckS

    wow don’t blow a load tbs guys

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Damn it Joe. Talk about a meat ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Danggggg

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Filthy change to go 0-2. Throw more of those, Joseph, won’t you?

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Let’s go OFFENSE!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Ibanez, Feliz, and Ruiz. let’s get that run back & more!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK Phils: Time to get serious!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Eh, let’s get 7 serviceable out of Blanton. This looks to be two games with Phillies hitters not being able to hit scrub-quality former Phillie pitchers.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Looks like our bullpen is gonna have to do the job tonight.

    Lets go offense, pick it up!! Stop making Randy Wolf look like CY Young

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    No reason why they can’t start getting to Wolf, let’s turn his neck a pretty shade of scarlet red.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Count down to the Dodgers trolls showing up begins now…

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Ya I can’t wait for those Dodgers chumps to get back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    “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 A Detectible Met Horror

    Randy Wolf looks untouchable right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Dodger BLEW…. where are you?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well this inning doesn’t look promising at all.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    C’mon Feliz!!!!! Enough with the swinging at the first pitch!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Wolf looks like a younger Ron Howard.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Feliz really, really is a batting liability.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Not time to panic……. Unfortun. the Phils think otherwise

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Patience at the plate, c’mon!

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    We’re in striking distance. If Joe delivers another inn or two with only one more ER, I’d say we’re in a great position. We’re just as capable, if not more so, of stealing one as the Dodgers. This team won’t give up.

    LET’S GO PHILS!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    man you could set your watch to Pedro Feliz

     
  • Posts: 0 cas

    Well, it looks like we shot our wad for the night and are now done. Here’s hoping our diva can get his head straight enough to win Wednesday night, or it’s lights out in LA on Friday. No way can we win two there. (And, if I’m wrong, I’m ecstatic!)

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Georgie – your right, he does but with a little more heft

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    yet again… a close pitch where they didn’t show pitchtrax… I promise you MLB told TBS to stop using it.

     
 
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