NLDS Gameday: Phillies at Rockies, Game 3

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, October 11, 2009 09:07 PM | Comments: 687
Gameday 2009, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) at Colorado Rockies (1-1)

J.A Happ, LHP (0-0) vs. Jason Hammel, RHP (0-0)

Time: 10:07 p.m at Coors Field
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 35
Twitter: Phillies Nation

There has been much anticipation for the third game of the series, and the wait is finally over.  Originally scheduled for Saturday night, snow postponed the National League Division Series.  Play returns tonight with better weather conditions.

Cole Hamels’ hanging curveball to Yorvit Torreabla is the main reason why this series is locked at one.  The Phillies had an opportunity to take advantage of their home turf, but now they’ll have to carry their road success into the postseason.  The Phillies were a National League (tied with the Los Angeles Angels for MLB) best 48-33 away from The Bank this season.

Pedro Martinez was originally scheduled to pitch game three, but thanks to the postponement, J.A Happ will be handed the ball.  Happ was struck in the knee during a relief appearance on Thursday, forcing him to exit the game.  Happ suffered from a contusion, but insisted on being fine.  The rookie, who won 12 games with a sub-3 ERA, will make his first postseason start.  On August 5, Happ tossed a complete game shutout against the Rockies.  In that outing, he struck out ten.

The Rockies opted to go with Jason Hammel, who came over from the Tampa Bay Rays at the very beginning of the season.  Hammel went 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP this season.  He started the year in the bullpen, but spent the majority of the season as a starter.  Hammel pitched 9.1 innings against the Phillies, including one start.  He allowed five earned against the Phillies, whose collective lineup batted .359 against him.   Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez each homered off him.

Tonight’s game is the most important one yet.  A victory would give the Phillies some breathing room, but a loss will make their chances of repeating much more difficult.

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

Natural IceYour Gameday Beer – Natural Ice
Nothing says “brrrrrr” like a cold Natty Ice. If you’re looking to get after it and are light on cash, this is the beer for you. There’s not too many other reasons to drink this Bud product; the 5.9% ABV really comes through in its fizzy, watery taste. Enjoy it with a late night pizza run. – By Brian


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  • Posts: 0 VictorinoPhan 8

    Keep up your winning ways!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    this is not baseball anymore. Yes, I am a huge fan but have moved on, Dont care anymore. Good luck to all of you the rest of the way. Just unfair to have these teams play in this weather and not play everday. Yankees in 5 against the Dodgers. See you next year.

  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    Excellent! Walking out my door to walk to the stadium right now!! Glad I can post on the gameday thread tonight. No mlb.com watching the Phils tonight. No “Hey Ump!” tonight. I can watch my original hometown team in person. Gosh I hope being there in person that I will see the Phils win.
    Let’s Go Phils!!!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    wtf Jeff! r u even a fan?

  • Posts: 0 Bear

    I want lots of Phillies runs to snack on throughout the game. I want at least one each inning please.

  • Posts: 0 Dan

    Today is 10 years to the day (10-11-1999) that Pedro came into the game in relief to throw six no-hit innings against the Indians in one of his two greatest performances of all time. If he comes in relief of Happ tonight and does something close to that, 10 years to the day, Pedro officially becomes the greatest pitcher of all time.

    Yes, I know I am exaggerating and pumped up full of hyperbole. But can you blame me? This is going to be the coldest postseason baseball game ever played by a good 5 to 10 degrees. The Phillies are officially designated the “bad-weather” team that the MLB likes to screw. Game Five Part One and now the Icebox!

  • Posts: 0 the Icebox

    bring it on!

  • Posts: 0 Bruce Buffer

    Phillies fans, LET’S GET READY TO nod off around the 5th inning.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    noooooo nodding off

  • Posts: 0 ray

    see ya jeff…take that loser bandwagon jumper fishtown with you

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    we should’ve traded Jeff months ago. oh well.

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    I have a feeling that whoever wins this game tonight will win the series…let’s hope Happ comes out strong and the bats stay alive!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Off to watch the game. Glad Happ is starting. Hope tomorrows game is at a decent hour. Looks like Yankees are gonna sweep like the angels so maybe.

  • Posts: 0 Marc H

    It’s like the Phillies have been given a rare opportunity to start this series again. Let’s not waste it, gentlemen.

  • Posts: 0 Adam C

    Lets go FIGHTIN’S!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I’m TIVOing Mad Men and getting pumped to see some cold weather baseball. Huge, huge game. I’m assuming Blanton and Pedro are available out of the pen. Let’s jump all over Hammel and make this a rout.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    let’s go Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 Phillin' 'er up!

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WIN TONIGHT PHILS! My heart physically can’t take the stress if we drop this game.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    let’s hope we keep our usual cool and not make fundemental mistakes like punto just did rounding third with no outs

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ….and getting caught scurrying back to the bag

  • Posts: 0 Dr. Phil

    Oprah is my baby momma!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK: So how many innings of Phillies ball are we going to miss while they finish up the Yankees game?

  • Posts: 0 chris wheeler

    Dr Phil that was just a goofy statement. I mean real goofy. Like my book

  • Posts: 0 Adam G

    Twins had their chances. This series definately make the Yankees look like they can be had by a fundamentally strong team like our Phils!

  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    Currently 28 degrees in Denver with a real feel temp of 26 degrees.

  • Posts: 0 Terri

    None, the game will air on TNT until this game finishes.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Tracey, it’ll start on TNT.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ah, I see the note on the bottom of the screen… I’m listening to the local radio broadcast online anyway.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    expecting snow in an hour?!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    at least the game should have a minium of 32 degree rule… that way no snow which selig might not know is the same color as a baseball

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    “forecast: BRRRRR!!” hehehe

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    it’s time to play ball.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Its been a while since I saw the beginning of a game. Nice to be back

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Do I see flakes already?

  • Posts: 0 maxhole

    time to rock

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Here we go!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh man… look at the foggy breath off JRoll…

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    well j-roll is working the count

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    yeah, yeah, trade Jeff for bobby Jenks.

    jreed, are they really predicting snow in 1 hour?

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    who thinks chase will light it up

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Joedad: I saw on Weather.com, they were talking about 50% chance of precip during the 9 PM hour (that’s 11 PM our time, I think)

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Chasing their own shadow like always…. make him throw strikes…

  • Posts: 0 j reed


  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO!!! UTLEY HR!!!

  • Posts: 0 Keith


  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Chase you are the man!

  • Posts: 0 ray

    great call jreed WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Nice call j reed. Welcome back Chase

  • Posts: 0 j reed


  • Posts: 0 Tracey


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