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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
TV: TBS
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).

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GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Awful umpiring!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    TERRIBLE CALL!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Soo

    Strike 2 call to matt stairs wasn’t even close!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh was expecting that, blah blah.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Soo

    HE ONLY CHASED THAT BECAUSE IT WAS CALLED A STRIKE EARLIER IN THE COUNT!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    now who comes in?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    he had to swing the way the ump was calling that outside pitch…awful balls and strikes calls today..really awful

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Soo

    Durbin?

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    that was prolly ball 4.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    all in all chooch needed just to get a ball in play

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    this is just bad karma here. but this home plate ump tonite s*cks eggs. I mean really, on Stairs – on the 2-1 pitch, to call that a strike??? the tbs pitchtrack showed it way outside and upstairs. its such a joke.

    so who’s in now for the 9th, Durbin I guess?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    damn…

     
  • Posts: 0 Alex

    Anyone else feel like the guys on tbs are Colorado fans? They had nothing to say about those terrible called strikes on stairs

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    1:37 am in the morning …this is bull that this game has to be this late and it isn’t even extra innings

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Durbin it is

     
  • Posts: 0 Tools of Ignorance

    I have has decided that should the Phillies lose this game *knocks wood that they won’t*, the win should go to the Home Plate Umpire, not the Rockies….However, should they win, it should count as two wins, one against the Rockies, and one against the Home Plate Umpire, thus ending this series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    So I guess the ump is only calling the outside black on left handed hitters.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Who’s freaking out? Cause I can’t watch this game anymore…

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    is that freeaking durbin?

    oh geez

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    yeah the announcers aren’t that great. we got the worst times and the worst announcers of the 4 series.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    these tbs announcers probably do prep work for the series with Joe Buck. He feeds the anti-Phillies comments

     
  • Posts: 0 Craig the Rockies fan

    choooooooochhhhh… how did you like those three balls to stairs. Lets be honest guys Stairs is horrrrrribbble. Should of batted Frans.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Alex….true…funny no mention of the absolute worst call since the “foul ball” call that went against the Twins yesterday! Terrible!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    durbin’s 2 pitch to the 2 batter is a strike if a rockies pitcher is throwing it…such BS

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I am sorry, I don’t normally bitch and complain about umps because usually if it sucks for the Phillies it sucks for both teams but tonight is an absolute disgrace. The umps in general in the post season have been a joke, and not the kind you laugh at.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    great job durbin let’s get the lead!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    we actually got our first 1-2-3 inning!

    everyone be amazed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Well done Durbin! GET SOME RUNS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 maxhole

    thats a good inning

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    ok top of the order in the 9th…it’s time for JRoll to earn his paycheck!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    OK….Let’s get this act together!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Rollins, Victorino, Utley. let’s go!

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    My nails are worn down, and it’s only 10:45 here in CA, you guys are gamers back on the East Coast! GO PHILS!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Craig I hope your blatant ignorance for baseball strategy is not a quality that all Rockies fans have. BFran is a righty, why would you bat a right hander vs Betancourt? Yes, Stairs pretty much sucks, you can have that one but that is exactly who you bat in that situation. Him or Bako. Not Francisco.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason Bintliff

    Does anyone else feel as if their stomachs are in their throats? I’m so anxious I may puke.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    our bench and bullpen have been awful this year, but oh well. at least we have Bon Jovi singing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    J-Roll and Vic….Let’s go O!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    ….WAVING TOWELS!!!!!! LET’S GO PHILLIES! LET’S GO PHILLIES!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh don’t swing at that garbage.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Come on Rollins! Do something!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Jimmmy!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Money!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    how about a steal?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason Bintliff

    Nice hit J-Roll!!!! C’mon Vic!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Ok Rollins…do you have him run? I feel like we need too…runs are so much at a premium we have to try and create them.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    My rally beer is poured, let’s go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ah I thought that was gonna be a bunt single.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Good job Shane!

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam

    the ump does suck. That being said, this has been a classic IMO

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    One run will do for me. I was hoping for steal then sac, but I’ll take it.

     
 
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