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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 Phils Phan

    @ AGH:

    I mentioned above: Feliz is a career .250. He’s David Bell. If he’s 1-1, expect 0-3. If he’s 0-3, he’ll hit. He’s clockwork, as someone mentioned above.

    That being said, his defense is showing his age. He’s only going to get worse, unfortunately.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    One more championship before year 2012.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    yeah it’s only the sixth inning so i’m not to bummed but the errors are killing every team this year…I mean so many yankee victorys this post season came the courtesy of other teams blunders. Look at game 2 of the Dodgers/Cardinals. And that was a good pitch by Blanton on Blake too… bad break on what should have never happened

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    no a lefty to force Torre’s hand. We need fastballs to hit. Wolf does not throw them in traditional fast ball counts. Rollins needs to be dropped in the order now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Victorino!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Atta boy Vic! Nice hustle WoManny!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Wow that’s fast …

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Alriiight Vic

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Now–get this guy freaking home, Chase. No more of this slump crap!

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    There we go Victornio!!!

    LETS GO UTLEY!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    rally time – gotta bring victorino home now. C’mon Utley…

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Golden Boy needs to do something here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Hey announcers–there’s your outside the zone strike! Bitch about it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Utley can’t pull the trigger.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    WOOOO HOOOO!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    Golden Boy strikes!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Utley! :D

    let’s go Howard!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    alright Chase – good hitting! only 1 more run now…Let’s go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Attaboy, Chase. Come on, Big Piece. Do your thing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Thanks Charlie….

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Solid Utley!! Let’s go Howard!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    thank you mr. utley

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    There you go Chase. Sometimes you have to make things happen.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    ok we’re in business…let’s do something…

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Attaboy Chase now, kid

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Let’s hear you NOW Phillies fans

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    He’s got this. Prediction.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    pretty ballsy wolf

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice walk Howard, let’s go Werth!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Come on, Phillies. Knock the wheels off the Wolfbus.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Sweet, Wolf is falling apart. Word on the street is that he is rattleable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Werth hits a homer, I’m calling it now (knocks on wood).

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    And Howard has turned the page…. Great clutch hit by Chase!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Wow Sandy Koufax in the house….

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    and out goes Wolf

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Koufax must have his brother there. The guy to his left is a clone.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Rally time, fellas.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob.

    What does this team do with their backs against the wall? RESPOND!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Patience, Werth. Patience.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    focus jason

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    got lucky there, but not so lucky that Howard was safe.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Phinally an error that goes our way

     
  • Posts: 0 Terry

    i dont know how they call that drop on the transfer

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    wasn’t safe*

    come on Rauuuul

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Koufax lives in the area. I forget where exactly, but somewhere nearby. He was at one of the NLCS games last year too.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    They made the right call. Ben Fran?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Raul: Hit it through a windshield in the parking lot.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Speed on first, time for a gapper to go ahead

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I would. We’ll see what happens.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Need something big from you Raul.

     
 
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