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
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


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  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOOO!!!! PHILS WIN!!!!

  • Posts: 0 GreysFan

    Never a doubt.

  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    never easy…never easy.

  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    I knew we would win….. Talk to you guys next time.

  • Posts: 0 Mike G.

    i cant believe this. what a win. what a huge win.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Thank you Brad Lidge!!!!!!! Poorly played games over all, but hey, its the win that matters honestly, nothing else. Someone called for Ruiz for the Ashburn, but its hard not to think about Chan Ho for getting out of the inning after the lead off double, and of course without RAUL, this game was a loss. I say RAUL for the Ashburn. Seriously Regardless of the final outcome of these season, I would vote Amaro for the GM of the year, without a doubt. Raul, Cliff Lee, and Ben Francisco, and not giving up the farm on Halladay? WOW.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Oh man I am done… Frustration at a lack of scoring… elation… depression at Hamels… despair at bases loaded and double with no outs… Raaaaauuul!… Damnit Madson!…. Yes! Lidge again!

    This game killed me more than the last two Rockies game. I was so nervous I could not even post. My nerves are frazzeled, my stomach is still churning, but at least I will be able to sleep.

    Way to go Phightins.

    P.S. Park for setup man!

  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Craig Seger sure likes asking questions about confidence in Brad Lidge.

    Brad, were you nervous because you …

    Raul, were you scared when Brad pitched because …

    Quality journalism, dude. Just like your suits.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    you’d think a 3 run blast in the eighth that puts up you up by 4 runs would ease your sphinchter…..but no…..now the Lidge Laxitive…thank you Mr. Lidge the subliminal exorcisms i voodooed your way paid off….Smurftacular Save

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Whew, felt like HOURS in there. Way to go Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Wasn’t worried one bit ;)

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I am very intested in who gets the Ashburn!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Phils Phan: Suit. HA!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Well, I might be wrong about Brad getting 100% of his confidence back. But…then again, he went on a tear in the postseason after getting that DP to clinch the division last season. And that was a pretty good slider he threw to Belliard to induce the pop-up. So, we’ll see from now on.

    Tonight he threw 18 pitches, 11 for strikes. That’s about what his saves were like last year, only because of his season this year, we expected the worse. He isn’t last year’s Lidge, but he’s improved. We’ll see. Hopefully he won’t have to pitch at Dodger Stadium again, but if he does, and if he gets a save, he’ll be back. Expect him to pitch much better at home for the series.


  • Posts: 0 Jamie's Babies

    Los Angeles: “What did the 5 fingers say to the face?”

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Ashburn…Rhyme of the Ex- Mariner no doubt…

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Hey, one guy who singing our praise is Mr. Torre

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I hope that Brad Lidge comes out to Los Angeles is Burning by Bad Religion when we get back home.

  • Posts: 0 chuckS

    way to go phils, have won 5 straight game ones!

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    we got high hopes, we got high hopes….high in the sky, apple pie hopes……wtg phillies!

  • Posts: 0 Bobby in Boston

    Lidge looks pretty much like Lidge. If he keeps it up, our opponents are really in trouble. Sweep, anyone?

  • Posts: 0 CZ

    I haven’t been here all night but I’m interested to hear what people honestly think about the announcers. They never once raised their voice when the Phillies did anything and any slight Dodger increase in momentum really perked them up. It was a great game and I hate to be negative but seriously…I’m so sick of it.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Still with the Manny HR on Tuberculous Broadcasting Station. We have the legit Mr. October…His name is Ryan “the Humble” Howard.

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Nah, the Dodgers are too good to be swept. They’ll take either Game 2 with Pedro starting or Game 4 with Blanton starting. Hamels won’t lose at home.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Hey Tommy, blow blow blow. is that what your mama is doing to you.

    NY is a scum sewer. PHILLIES WIN OH BABBBY.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff


  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Someone just call the cops, we just stole home field advantage.

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Nice win, lets keep it going.

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Way to go phillies phans! The 10th man is so underrated! Keep up the good work! See you all tomorrow!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Ed R. – Bad Religion …not bad esp. given the context Los Angles is Burning… the ultimate closer song in my book is the is the intro of Slayer’s “South of Heaven” …Cheesy yes ….but so having your own intro….I’d also be into the opening of the Muppet Show …Man-nah-mah nah… You know I really thought Madson had arived after two inning save to clinch the Division. But Park…man the way he pitched he could negoiate a nuclear peace treaty with Kim Jong-Il

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I think Lidge should just keep things as is. No changing songs, no changing anything. Just keep pitching strikes! We will forget LA and the entire state of CA shortly!

  • Posts: 0 chris wheeler

    What a goofy game, and you goofy fans whining if the phillies don’t win 10-0 and pitch perfect games everytime out. Just goofy

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    j reed…..are you suggesting Park for the next Nobel Peace Prize????

  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Great game Phils!

    A few things… Hamels, what is going on with the body language!? It’s a team game, and a lot of it is your fault!

    Kudos to Park to coming back from a layoff, and pitching lights on, man… it’s good to see him out there in the 7th.

    Now Madson?! Ugh… at least Lidge looked good again!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I started this and now I am home. Great win for the phils. Charlie looks liek a genius for sticking by Lidge.
    Just wondering how many time outs do the dodgers get per game? I didnt knwo the manager can call time outs from the dug out while our pitcher is in mid wind up? and then we have to wait 5 minutes while thier guy looks for his shoes? I havent read the posts those are just my thoughts from the game. Big win.

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    My nerves are shot….. Thank you Mr. RAUUUL. Thank you Mr. HOWAD, MR. HAPP, MR. PARK, Mr. HAMMELS(Tough luck; but I thought you pitched really well tonite). The play of the day for me is Happ getting out of the bases loaded jam in the 6th(a hit or a walk their and we probably lose). Second goes to Chan Ho’s master pirece relief app. Third is Mr. Raul’s 3run shot heard round the Dodgers faithful…

    Charlie stop making this thing harder than it has to be…. Ditto Madson

    Great win and great poise by the Phillies…..

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Paul, you’re 100% right… Cole needs to chill. Big time.

  • 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 j reed

    HK -Hmmm…Dodger faithful? Are we sure that’s not is an oxy- moron. Lots of empty seats out in LA LA…okay it’s a bigger venue…I just needed to use oxy-moron in a sentence. Excludes “Dodger Fan” who post on here from time to time. He’s very Grumpy Miner -ish…seems to be a straight up baseball junky.

  • Posts: 0 Tim Rich

    CZ, I had to mute the announcers very early in the game. When they called Kershaw’s throw to first on Hamels’ bunt a “very veteran play”, I couldn’t take it any longer. Kershaw slipped and therefore had no shot at second, so he threw to first. That is common sense baseball, not “veteran play”.

    But you know what? It’s better to be the underdog. Nobody expects anything from the Phillies this year (or last year, for that matter). Did you notice how 10 minutes after the Phillies won Game 1 of the NLCS, TBS was talking about the Yankees? So I say, go ahead. Put all the pressure on the Yankees and Dodgers. We’ll get to see a great Phillies/Angels series.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    The announcers where crap. They called Mannys homer magical and they replayed it 10 times. Nothing mentioned of Ruizs bomb though. Very bad announcers.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I am so sick of the it’s cool to be late at Dodger Stadium thing. I’ve been to the stadium, and yes, traffic is bad. But you know what, Dodger Stadium in the 2nd oldest stadium in the NL. Traffic has been that way for over 40 years now. If you have been doing this for 40 years, and you think it takes 45 minutes to get to the stadiun, but it really takes and hour and half, well then, it takes an hour and half. Get used to it, stop making excuses.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Who is making their personal stamp all over these wins? Ryan Howard is on fire and we are a part of this history. Watch in awe people. The heavy lumber is definitely coming –
    Eh, I would love to see a game 5.
    Anyone else?

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  • Posts: 0 Gertrude Huffnagle

    My heart is singing and my niples are stinging. GO PHILS

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