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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 Tracey

    Brilliant move, Charlie, leaving Blanton in the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    cas, the Phils have much more waddage left, don’t lose faith!

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Biggest inning of the ballgame, obviously.

    NEED a shutdown inning from Blanton!!

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    I feel good about the top of our lineup coming out against Randy Wolf next inning… I’m feeling at least a run or two.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Can somebody please work with Feliz this offseason on plate discipline? Please???? For crying out loud. Idiot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    @Tracey, the way our hitting’s looked, it would just be a waste of a pitcher. Charlie’s made more right moves than wrong moves, so let’s wait and see.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    @ AC:

    Feliz is a career .250. He’s David Bell with a darker tan. Patience will just result in more called looking. :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    cas, never mind… The Phils are down 1 run…. And Hamels will pitch well tomm. If needed, LA isn’t the Old Yankee Stadium.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Well, the dodgers were going to score, especially after last night. I just hate that after every BIG offense game where we score a ton of runs, the offense goes completely dead for the next game(s).

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Thrilled that Charlie left Blanton in for the next inning – he only has to face Manny and Loney now, with 84 pitches done.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well quality AB by Chooch…at least we are not starting of the inning with the pitcher.

    Mike D. – as to your last prediction….close but you had the teams backward

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Wow Cas….. where’s your faith?

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    DAMN the bounces just aren’t goin our way

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    dammit no freebies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    we are like jeckyl and hide. get happy out there

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Game 5 lineup: 1. Victorino 2. Utley 3. Werth 4. Howard 5. Ibanez 6. Ruiz 7. Rollins 8. Feliz 9. pitcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    blanton has had 2 strikes on a lot of these guys tonite and failed to seal the deal.

    nice catch by Ibanez for out 1.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    now it’s a strike!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well no luck here

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    dam almost

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    damn – the bounces REALLY aren’t going our way tonite. this is torture.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Got him this time. Prediction.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Yep.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Keep arguing Martin…please keep arguing

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    CLOSE pitch

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    finally – this ump gave the phils a call on strike 3. i think the guy sucks though – a lot of poor calls.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    C’mon guys this game is still very much winnable…just gotta stay cool, and BE PATIENT WITH WOLF!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Woww did you see that changeup

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Oh noooo

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    man the errors!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    fuuuuuuuuuuck

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Great. Just F*ckin great. Every stinking Dodger run comes in with 2 outs. Blanton is just not clutch when its needed, and Charlier shouldn’t have left him in.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    this inning should be over with if it wasn’t for our defense.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Bounces, fellas. Dodgers are getting dink and donk hits. Some nights you get 11. Some nights the bad guys do.

    Regardless of the outcome, I feel good with our prima donna and Lee still available in the series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    why not walk blake and go to a lefty???????

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    OK fellas, time for a comeback. They can’t make it too easy on us fans. Need to make you squirm to make sure you are paying attention.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    That’s f—ing strike 3!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    good managing tonight. leaving blanton in and not walking blake to get to wolf. wolf can hit but blake will hurt you more.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    ump sleep at the wheel

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Where are the announcers bitching about that no call?

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    THAT WAS RIGHT DOWN THE EFFING MIDDLE

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    a lefty to face the pitcher???

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Just not good enough from Blanton tonight……and not much help defensively

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    happ should of been in and you walk blake. manuel is a horrible manager making moves.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Time to put up a 5 spot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Dodgers tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Dodgers!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    OMG only 4 innings left. The Phills couldn’t possibly score 3 runs or more in 4 innings, can they?

     
  • Posts: 0 AGH

    Feliz really needs to sit. He has contributed less than nothing this postseason.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    trying to work myself into a positive frame of mind for the B6th. Top of the order coming up – how much longer can Wolf keep this up? Let’s go Phils – Rally Time!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The Phillies need to get their heads out of their butts and start playing. They are looking like the Eagles right now.

     
 
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