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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 A Detectible Met Horror

    Absolutely Stairs should pinch hit, he took Broxton deep last year maybe he still has something left.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    9th inning

    6. Ibanez
    7. Dobbs if Ibanez doesn’t reach, Stairs if he does
    8. Ruiz
    9. Stairs/Dobbs (opposite of 7 hitter)

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Yeah Cairo might deliver.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Happ should pitch instead of one of those pitchers. I am afraid of Pedro getting hit this time around.

     
  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    Gimme Lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    another dodger hit with 2 strikes…all night long. this is making me absolutely nuts.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    As LA complains on the radio, with Lidge in, Furcal can walk to 2nd.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    The Dodgers don’t quit. Credit to them. Their two-strike, two-out hits and runs prove that. Go PHILS!

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    DAMNNNNN THIS GAME IS TENSE!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Lidge–get it there in the freaking air.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    that 2nd pitch was a strike

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    a DP would be sweet right here

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Any chance the Dodgers sign Omar Daal and Adam Eaton to pitch in games 6 and 7?

     
  • Posts: 0 4daysrest.com

    Going back to earlier, I just don’t get Manuel’s insistence upon hanging with Blanton in the sixth inning. I don’t feel that he’s been as stellar as he’s been made out to be in this series (ala Phil Sheridan).

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    It’s the errors….their like blot clots…eventually they dislodge from the side wall of a vein, work their way up to a smaller blood vessel in your brain and pop goes the weasel.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    oh hell no

     
  • Posts: 0 4daysrest.com

    If I told you that Hamels v. Padilla would be an advantage for the Dodgers in say, April…would you have believed that?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    @ 4daysrest:

    Only if Hamels was injured and Padilla was taking his Lamictal.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    hmm

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    I’m almost positive Ethier will drive in a run here….

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Wow, almost…a bit risky with Frucal’s speed but what a throw

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    If Ruiz cannot dig out a pitch, no one can. Come on, BL.

     
  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    Got to go fastball now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well Lidge does the job

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Bottom 9th – Walk off time!!! GO PHILS

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    OK fellas, time for a walk off

     
  • Posts: 0 chuckS

    Lidge is Back!?!?!?!?

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Brad Lidge threw the cutter and I just burst out laughing. I’m glad he seems to be somewhat better, but our closer coming out with a new pitch in the last few days of the season was pretty ridiculous.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    “Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…the tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!” (John Belushi from Animal House)

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    man – i really want to see broxton blow his arm out. or just go down like moyer did…just get him outta here

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    BROXTON!

    DEAD!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well at least we’re pinch hitting for Feliz

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Juan Pierre is like a recurring rash. The little bastard won’t leave the Phillies alone.

     
  • UH OH its over dudes…2-2

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    we need a Stairs blast or well . . .

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Getting the feeling Broxton remembers Stairs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well at least we got a baserunner and Bruntlett can pinch run.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Ohhhh! THIS is why we need Bruntlett!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    broxton is a total p*ssy. he’s scared of stairs and he walks him! LOL.

    wish ibanez had hit that pitch before – it looked like ball 2

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Look out…it’s the Brunt

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    he hits Ruiz!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Come on, Fightins!

    Keep the parade moving!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    c’mon Rally…broxton is such a d*ckhead

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Philly needs to get louder.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    get the he*l outta there torre…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Dobbs you son of a gun. You can make me forgive you for this entire miserable nightmare of a year. Just get a single…or a double. Homer would be sweet too but I’ll take a single. I ain’t greedy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    please dear god do not hit into a double play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    our bench f-ing sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    ok j roll. show us what youve got.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    almost

     
 
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