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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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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

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Keith

    j reed, say that for every player lol!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Howard just missed that one…. Good start though….

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    okay ROY let’s gets break some rocks

     
  • Posts: 0 maxhole

    great way to start out

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yankees are up 3-1 now, with bases loaded. But really, the Twins handed this to them with that base running error in the last inning. Oh, and that dropped ball just now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (4-1)

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    they need to work the count on this hammel guy he hasn’t been throwing alot of strikes…nice to see utley hit a home run,lets keep it going.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Game 4 6pm est….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Happ doesn’t need an ice pack on that shin, because the air is cold enough.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    right over the plate for a ball

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    can’t seem to get this Gonzalez guy out.

     
  • Posts: 0 maxhole

    ump forced that pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    good pitch, good hit

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    the 1st one or the 2nd one? hehe….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Ray: Yeah, you can see on Gameday, that last ball was right down the middle.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh Happ’s throwing a lot of balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Happ’s in trouble :(

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    oh boy, not off to a good start.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    man the cold air is making the ball sink

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    umps being a little tight with the strike zone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    not liking this at all

     
  • Posts: 0 LH

    HELP! Does anyone know what Verizon FIOS channel the Phillies are on in South Jersey. The Verizon FIOS TBS Channel 552 is carrying the ninth inning of the NYY & Twins. Is anybody with South Jersey FIOS finding the Phillies on another channel?

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    yea happ is struggling to throw strikes…were gonna have to get more then utleys homer off hammel…hope they don’t fall now because they’ll do that.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    another strike for a ball(first pitch to tulowitzki)

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    TNT

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Why doesn’t Howard stretch more? I’m not blaming him certainly, but it’s small thing that may have made a diff…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, this is not pretty…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Happ’s getting smacked around.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    ohh jeeeeez happ is getting smacked around…

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    LH, it is on TNT, search for the show “NUMB3RS”

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    cmon ump

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    maybe happ needs to put on long sleeves.

     
  • Posts: 0 LH

    Thanks joedad – your a life safer! FIOS listing is screwed up

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Happ’s pitches are just all over the place…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    come on Happ.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    This is a good night to be a Phils fan on the west coast, how are you guys going to be able to stay awake back in Philly?

    Go Phils! Come on Happ!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    HK – that was one of the things that had howard had improved. maybe it’s too cold to display that increased range of motion

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    gees Happ’s gonna throw like 30 pitches this inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    are you serious….that was a strike

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    glad I could help you LH

    Happ’s gotta be tight. First career postseason start in 30 degree cold with an ump with a tight strike zone.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    wtf where was that ball 3 to atkins?

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    i don’t like this at all

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Crap, Happ doesn’t look sharp at all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Aw crap…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    so much for Happ being great, ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    not good, not good…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    On the radio, LA points out this is more hits than Happ gave up in his last Colorado start. But temperature was 73 that time, not 37.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    What did I say earlier about the make-up calls???

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    31 pitched in this inning.

     
 
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