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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

    blah blah, let’s get a real 1-2-3 inning this time.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    paaaaaa===thet=====ic

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I am getting real tired of JRoll being a buzz-kill…

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    3-1 count and JRoll dribbles it to 2B. Ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    Ed R not just about ruiz. everytime things get a little shaking ie us going down 3-1 people start bailing and getting so negative ….lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    J-Roll is too good to struggling like this… That was ball 4…. Damn J-Roll that’s really sad and extremely selfish…. Move him down in the order he is honestly clogging up the lineup with his wild swinging…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Is it too early to start calling Ruiz Senor Octobre?

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Man rollins is in a bad slump.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, bee-U-tiful catch by Ibanez!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    i think it would be senor octubre

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    pat burrell wouldn’t have made that

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    that would have been a burrell double

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    It’s time to take Heavy B out. They’re teeing off on him…. How about Escal… Nice play Raul

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    HK, that wasn’t a bad pitch to swing at, he’s just not swinging all that great now. He will come up big some time this postseason, mark my half asleep, half drunk words.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Ryan: But I think we can agree, he is El Hombre!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Blanton’s hand would have shattered had he caught that line drive.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    there’s a run if raul doesn’t make that play

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Getting through this inning would be huge for Joey B.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I’m sorry, but that was ball 4. If you swing at that you better go the other way. That ab was not at all what a vet lead-off guy needed to do there

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Let’s go Joe! Let’s Go Joe! Let’s Go Joe!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bill Seeburger

    Jimmy Rollins has no plate discipline and despite his being a really good shortstop, he is pathetic as a leadoff hitter. He needs to go to the Bobby Abreu School of plate discipline. He needs to take a few pitches.
    He doesn’t even get on base 30% of the time — pathetic for a leadoff hitter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, man, look at their breaths…

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok, time for some Eyre Biscuit jokes. Good effort Joe Bla.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Tracey, I was thinking the same thing. It is freakin’ cold there.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    who did they announce as the pinch hitter?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    blanton did decent, he was starting to get hit hard like harry said. thank god for victorino he covers a lot of ground fast

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    please win this guys….i have to spend two hrs. in the peridonist chair getting my gums hacked into…

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Blanton kept it managable…good job!

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Come Eyre, let’s get out of this.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Quick quiz! Molly Shannon, Chevy Chase, Darrel Hammond and Dana Carvey! What do all 4 of these people have in common?

    That’s right! They all need money!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Eyre now? Smart to try to hold the lead though

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Yeah, Blanton is an unsung hero for the Phils this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Smith is the PH

     
  • Posts: 0 R Kelley

    Hatas wanna hate,
    Lovas wanna love,
    I don’t even want
    None of the above.
    I want to piss on you.
    Yes I do,
    I’ll piss on you
    I’ll pee on you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I was never a big Abreu fan when he was here. Mostly because he does not swing the bat after the 7th. But man, he was the key piece in the Angels pulling that game out today. What an at-bat he had.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Surprised Charlie didnt bring in Cliff Lee! hahaha j/k

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy "The Runt" Hoffmann

    I need a nerve pill. As a brown capper, I have trouble dealing with stress. COME ON PHILS and open up a lead!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whew! Now let’s get some insurance…

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    nice pitching Eyre!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Nice! Well done, let’s get a few more Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    beautiful eyre…we need some runs because 3 more innings with only a one run lead is heart wrenching..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    9 outs to go…… And also 9 mini-heart attacks…. Phils would be wise to tack on about 50 more runs….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I always liked Abreu, but I know I was in the minority in this town.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    I’d say jimmie isn’t the greatest lead-off hitter but he has worked counts tonight and only had one bad ab strikeout

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    ray says…..even an eight run lead is heart wrenching these days!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok, things are feeling a little tense in here. Let’s lighten things up with some jokes.

    What has 9 arms and sucks?

    Def Leppard.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Do they keep Eyre in there for the 7th inning? (to face Gonzalez, Fowler and Helton) Can he even do that given the cold and his elbow problems?

     
  • Posts: 0 R Kelley

    Morris, did you see how surprised HE was? I was equally surprised.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I don’t know how much longer I can stay up… I have to go to work tomorrow, and it’s already *way* past my bed time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy "The Runt" Hoffmann

    These announcers are rotten. Really boring and lacking knowledge. Even Chris Wheeler and Andy Musser could do better. THIS IS THE PLAYOFFS !!!! GET SOME TALENT TO ANNOUNCE FOR CRAP SAKE !!!

     
 
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