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NLCS Gameday: Phillies at Dodgers, Game 1

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, October 15, 2009 07:30 PM | Comments: 597
Gameday 2009, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Cole Hamels, LHP vs. Clayton Kershaw, LHP

Time: 8:07 p.m at Dodger Stadium
Weather: Clear, 69
TV: TBS
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The National League Championship Series begins tonight.  For the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall (tied for the MLB record) the Phillies and the Dodgers are the last remaining teams in the senior circuit.

Cole Hamels, fresh off paternity leave, will take to
the hill tonight for the Phillies.  His last game was certainly not his best postseason performance.  In an abbreviated start against the Rockies last week, he allowed four runs on four hits in five innings.  On the other hand, he was lights out against the Dodgers during the regular season with a complete game shutout at Chavez Ravine.  Dodger hitters are .228/.261/. 368 lifetime with 31 hits and 29 strikeouts in 136 combined at bats.

The matchup on paper favors Cole; after that though, the bullpen numbers are not as favorable – particularly for Scott Eyre and more recently Brad Lidge.  One could surmise that the longer Cole pitches, the better chance the Phillies have.

On the flip side, we have Clayton Kershaw – another young gun.  Don’t let his 8-8 record (0-2 against the Phils) this season fool you, his 2.79 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7 homers in 171 games are the numbers to focus on tonight.  This lefty is stingy with his fastball and nasty curve. He has a tendency to work the outside corner against lefties at the plate.  We know this guy has good stuff but the question remains – can the 21-year old handle the pressure of the postseason and the Phillies lineup?

Tonight’s Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C), Hamels (P).

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Kenzinger
Tonight the Philadelphia Brewery brings you Kenzinger, named after the lovely corner of the city known as Kensington. The beer evokes many of the same feelings as the 19125. Its retro facade hides a classic beer taste – yet it won’t go down without a strong bitter bite. Have some perogies alongside it for dinner, then sit back and enjoy some NLCS for dessert. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 chuckS

    send in stairs!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 312 Corey Seidman

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    Regardless of the outcome, the Phillies have played back-to-back CLASSIC playoff games. Are we all in agreement?!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Howard

    Just get me to the plate boys

     
  • Posts: 0 JG

    AC, not so sure Park doesn’t deserve some support for game MVP, he prevented what could’ve been a huge momentum shift by avoiding a big inning in the 7th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Thunder Lips

    Last game was certainly classic and this game is certainly entertaining/exciting, but I wouldn’t classify tonight as “classic.”

     
  • Posts: 0 JG

    Agreed Corey, but while these classics will be fun to watch with the kiddies in 10/15 years, they’re almost too stressful to watch live, ha.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Let’s go phillies! Let’s Go Phillies! LET”S GO PHILLIES!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I ran into the bathroom and shut the door during the bottom of the 8th so I couldn’t hear anything, guess I’ll spend the bottom of the 9th in there too.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tommy from NY

    Manny not being Manning anymore :(

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    SHANE!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    RUN GEORGIE RUN TO THAT BATHROOM!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Corey Seidman, I wouldnt really say toight is classic. tonight is one of the worst games I have watched on both teams parts. pitching cant do anything for either team. both teams look sloppy in the field. I wouldnt really call this a classic. I would call this a bad game for both teams. now last game against the rockies. that was a classic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Thunder Lips

    Steal Vic!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Howard

    Again, Just get me to the plate boys

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Well, partially true IMO Corey. This is classic because the Phillies are keeping the Dodgers in it. But even with that hats off (sadly) to the Dodgers for getting very timely hits after errors or maybe being caught out of position.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tommy from NY

    Blow blow blow
    Let’s go dodgers Let’s go dodgers Let’s go dodgers

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Phils will not give up! Watch Utley get on here

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Madson won’t be back, he threw 31 pitches that last inning. Blanton might be warming, but it’ll be Lidge’s game to save.

    “Tight strike zone.” There’s the understatement of the century. Jamie wouldn’t have lasted an inning with this strike zone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    everyone say their prayers for the 9th

     
  • Posts: 0 Tommy from NY

    Blow blow blow

    Men!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Uh oh… They’re putting Lidge in for the whole inning instead of just the usual glory close…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tommy from NY

    who will pitch and blow save in the btm of 9 inning?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    ok here we go!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.

    In other words, commence consuming the Vladdy handle you keep for times like this.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Why am I not surprised a guy from NY is talking about blowing things. LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Tommy you can go now. We dont care about your posts.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Mike D., I was thinking the same thing about Moyer.

    I will wait and see if Lidge gets the first guy out, if not, I’ll be heading for the bathroom again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    My bladder is weakening as we speak. Oh, jeez. Come on Lidge, I have all the phaith in the world in you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I know that I’ve been Mr. Negative tonite, but J-Roll needs to be dropped in this lineup. He is absolutely killing our O. We can’t continue to give the opp 4 easy outs a game. I say no higher than 7th ahead of only Feliz and the pitcher. The move may also give the buys more rbi opps and an additional ab as well. You would also give the white hot Chooch an extra ab as well. Madson: Thanks for the 2 extra heart attacks. Yours in the 8th and the one coming in the bottom of the 9th….

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Here comes the Home run.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    not fair…too bad for lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Ok, off to the bathroom now, I’ll come out when the game is over….

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    …….channeling Brad Lidge of World Series Game 5………………….

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Damn it. I really thought Lidge would put this guy away…runner on…you know he will get to second without the guy giving up an out…breath in…breath out…

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    GEORGIE GO GO GO!!!! NOW!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Whenever Lidge misses, he missed in the heart of the plate.

    Argh.

     
  • Posts: 0 fitz

    Come on Lidge, get this done.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    J-Roll is not the Problem, the Bullpen is the problem. If you can not keep a 4 run lead AFTER the 8th inning you have no business pitching.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES!!! DOUBLE PLAY!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Whew!

    One more…

    I do appreciate the announcers’ complete lack of excitement when the Phillies do anything good.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    oh yeah baby!!! that’s the double play i’ve been waiting for all night! payback for the error in the 6th.

     
  • Posts: 0 JG

    Heartless Dodger fans leaving with only 2 outs, they don’t deserve to have a win.

     
  • Posts: 0 mg52

    I don’t know about putting Lidge in even after the double play. Blake really smoked that one.
    But I’ll forget that for now. Let’s just see the final out. A win’s a win, and this’ll be one to enjoy if it happens.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Decent slider; Loney just got a piece of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 fitz

    here we go, Phillies in 5.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Jesus.

    Never. Freaking. Easy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    ugh

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Thank god for that double play, but come on Lidge. now the tying Run is back on again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Thank You Brad Lidge!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well done fellas. Well done.

     
 
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