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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 Mike D.

    I just remembered that Chip Caray used to call Braves games. No wonder he hates the Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    The Amzing Kreskin AKA mycruzincoolel HAS SPOKEN.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Chip Caray used to–and still does–molest collies.

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    I told you guys earlier. What’s our nickname??

    The F I G H T I N S!!!

    This team isn’t giving up. Don’t forget that. Let’s go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    blahhh

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    F–king Blake, man.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well good AB by jimmy but good play by blake to rob him.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    the crowd sucks….it’s one fricking run…cmon

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    gives us a baserunner

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    sherrill is a douchebag

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Sherrrrrrryyyylllll Sherrrrrrryyyylllll Sherrrrrrryyyylllll

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Alright UT more redemption

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    that slide step looks balky

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    walk him sherrill…

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    j reed:

    LA is saying the same on the radio. He’s not coming to a complete stop.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice walk Utley!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    BALL 4!!! lET’S GO HOWARD!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Sherrrrrrryyyylllll Sherrrrrrryyyylllll Sherrrrrrryyyylllll

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Double steal? Dangerous, but could break up the DP.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    BITE TORRE ON THE A*S

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Ryan come on, please…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    up to Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Howard killed himself. Not a strike in the entire AB.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ugh

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Sadly, Howard cannot carry us indefinitely.

    Werth’s had a poor series except for his shot last night. Come on, Jayson.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    I say Vic goes for third….I think Martin will blow it and chuck it into the outfield….

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    can’t get behind 0-2. howard cut his own throat on that one.

    I am so sick of these TBS announcers…

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Ok now the question is…can Werth deliver???

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    The whole idea of a 4-out save is such a farce. As is the idea of a save. Mentally, the pitcher must be solid enough to face the pressure. But, it’s simply an inning of relief. Announcers act like these guys can only pitch three outs, and when they do more, it’s as if their elbows start smoking, their shoulders turn red, etc. These guys are professional relievers.

    /soapbox

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ODog cannot shut-up…literally talks nonstop..hilarious. There was a shot of him in the dug out the other night and he couldn’t stop yammering to himself…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Jason, just a hit please

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    well, i guess it’s gonna have to be a walk off win…

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    dammit!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    RISP.

    Does this team have a switch? I cannot understand how they can go so hot and then so cold.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    up to Ibanez, Feliz, and Ruiz in the 9th

     
  • Posts: 0 werth

    less

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Smurfed again…

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    I assume you pinch hit for Feliz, right Chuck? Bueller? Bueller?

     
  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    That’s what should have happened last Friday.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    absolutely MUST pinch hit for Feliz

     
  • Posts: 0 werth

    you losers still whining about the announcers on here? lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Charlie Manuel

    Sorry guys if I had to do it all over again I would put Blake on base, bring in happ and get Wolf out. Tied 3-3. My bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    If you can get one on, I say run out Stairs–for the mental factor. Sure, JB may want revenge, but he also knows he has zero room for error.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Stairs in the 9th

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    look – as long as hamels can deliver on Wednesday night, we’ll be fine with Cliff Lee in Game 6. he can pull the string on all of these dodger hitters.

    still trying to stay positive for the 9th – we got ibanez (AND HE’S DUE) plus pinch hitters…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Pinch hit stairs for feliz. god the doders suck. should be a sweep. nobody on that team scares me. no power. bunch of fat ugly ball players.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Why do I get the feeling that Eyre is going to turn this into a not so close game….

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    I agree that we must pinch hit for Feliz in the 9th!

     
  • Posts: 0 werth

    darling has an emmy for best sports analyst,, he must suck pretty bad

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Lee is scheduled to pitch game 7, with Pedro in game 6. And I am not confident with Hamels in game 5. Not sure how anyone can be at this point. he didn’t pitch poorly in game 1 but he didn’t pitch great either.

     
 
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