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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 Keith

    Happ’s toast tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    The pitch count just keeps going up and up…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Looks like we will probably see Pedro after all with the way Happ can’t seem to get it over the plate.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    i hope blanton ready to pitch long relief.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whew! Finally out of that inning! Now time to make up lost ground.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    geez good thing victorino got that…lots of pitches, we may be going to this bullpen early…we need offense BIG TIME tonight…time for this offense to score a ton

     
  • Posts: 0 Fishtown

    Come guys say it Happ sucks put in the greatest pitcher ever Pedro…right Dan…..Happ’s cold and its late, he’s tired,…..band wagon jumper gay I mean Ray…..hey YANKS SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP who’d thunk it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Well, let’s not panic yet….. Happ can make-up with some quick inns

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    mixture of first career post season start and the cold weather are getting to happ.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    will Happ even pitch 4 innings?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    They just said on radio: tomorrow will be 6:07 start.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    yeah this is a seriously small strike zone….not cool in this weather….the ump’s a jackass if he doesn’t think this cold air will affect a pitched ball

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    amazing how the strike zone is bigger for the Rockies pitcher…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Uff. I thought Ibanez might run that out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Poomie

    mlb is out of their minds, this weather, this late hour…crazy…boils down to $$$

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    oh great r we really gonna go out 1-2-3? ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    This guy is begging to be lit up

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    owie…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    that inning sucked. Happ, please have a quick inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    the homeplate ump is starting to piss me off.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    WTF was he swinging at…This what drives us all nuts. This guy is garbage, but make him look like Greg Maddox… J-Roll/Shane and now Feliz chasing balls and keeping his pitch count low….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, flip to TBS now…

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    I wonder if Arod is watching the steriod commercial.

     
  • Posts: 0 hotstove

    Happ needs a quick inning or if i was charlie i would get the bullpen guys up before its a blow out. The umpire Meals is know to have a small zone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well thats good…two straight 6:07 starts assuming 5 games are needed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Happ throw strikes!

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Happ is not looking good tonight. Our offense will have trouble hitting in this cold (especially Howard). Rockies look like they want this series more. Our run might be over.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (sigh!!!)

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Happ looks terrible

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    you can’t walk the pitcher. come on Happ!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Poomie

    good make their pitcher stand out in the cold, bbbrrrr

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    This ump sucks. Happ is having playoff jitters, you can see it in his face.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Ugh, well you East Coasters might not be staying up late, come on Happ! Throw strikes!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    maybe we should’ve started Pedro ;)

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Damn, now Babe Gonzoles is up

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    gimmie a break it’s 2-1

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    OK GUYS! We got a game with Rockies tonight. And that only means one thing! Bad news for the Rockies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, I love JRoll’s little Elmer Fudd cap.

     
  • Posts: 0 hotstove

    Happ needs to get fowler here and then get some hits for the offense to get going.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Silly me, not Babe Gonzoles, Ty Gonzoles

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam

    lets go happ, please dont give up any more runs….

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    ok how long until we think about getting the bullpen up??

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    well done Mr. Happ

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whoosh! OK, now let’s get the offense to do something…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright now I want to c a couple hits and some runs please.

    Ruiz walk or single
    Happ bunt
    Rollins double
    Victorino triple
    Utley walk
    Howard HR
    Werth HR
    Ibanez HR
    Feliz single
    Ruiz single
    Happ bunt
    Rollins triple
    Victorino walk
    Utley HR
    Howard HR
    Werth double
    Ibanez single
    Feliz single
    Ruiz HR
    Happ K

    okay, I can dream lol.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Those elmer fudd hats are really uncomfortable and really silly looking in person.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Ok now come on guys let’s get a run or 2 this inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Trade Happ for Bobby Jenks while his value is high.

    Phils are hitting this guy hard. let’s hope he doesn’t settle in.

     
  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    Happ has kind of a dainty strut going off the mound and into the dugout. What’s up with that?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I like the way you think, Keith!

     
 
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