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NLDS Gameday: Phillies at Rockies, Game 4

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 12, 2009 05:07 PM | Comments: 455
Gameday 2009, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (2-1) at Colorado Rockies (1-2)

Cliff Lee, LHP (1-0) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (0-1)

Time: 6:07 p.m at Coors Field
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 50
TV: TBS
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Warmer tonight, you say?  With today’s 6 p.m. start time, the weather will not play as much of a factor as it did in last night’s 6-5 Phillies victory. The frigid temps seemed to play a small role in J.A. Happ’s sub-par outing, although some will say he was squeezed by home plate umpire Jerry Meals.

Game 4 will have Cliff Lee take the hill against Ubaldo Jimenez, in a mirror image of Game 1.  Lee was outstanding, going the distance in that opening win, while allowing just a lone run in the 9th inning.  The Phillies will need a similar performance in tonight’s game as the bullpen is somewhat depleted.  Charlie Manuel had to use five relievers, including Joe Blanton again, after Happ lasted just three innings.  Scott Eyre suffered a leg injury while fielding a grounder and is uncertain for this evening.  So all eyes are once again on Lee to bring forth a spectacular outing.

Ubaldo Jimenez was pesky through four innings in Game 1, but ran out of gas in the fifth inning.  In that 5-1 victory, every Phillie had a hit, including Lee, and Jimenez was bounced in the sixth after allowing five runs.  The Phillies now know the opponent well, and with the bats starting to heat up once again, let’s hope we’re in for some fireworks in this possible closeout game.

Chase Utley finally gave the Phillies some pop, going 3-for-4 with a home run yesterday, er, early this morning).  However, Jimmy Rollins is basically MIA at the top of the order.  He did have a big ninth inning hit, but has looked lost for the most part at the dish.  Look for a J-Roll turnaround.

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

Coors OriginalYour Gameday Beer – Coors Original
In the spirit of this chilly, mile-high series, sip on a can of original Coors as you witness the Phillies dominating in Game 4.  The “Banquet Beer” as it’s known is 5% ABV and is the oldest of the Coors beers.  Buy a six pack and eat some steak and potatoes with it, and be sure to dispose of the cans by stepping on them, just as the Phils will do to the Rockies tonight. – By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Bobby- sorry did chooch make a throw or didn’t throw…if he threw it was a dumb idea. I was just getting in and getting the play by play from my mom so i assumed they conceded the base

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    wow, I thought Victorino was gonna be called out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    but he was safe.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    why is it going against the rockies ……it was a good call

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Are these the same announcers as yesterday? Why the sudden Phillies love fest?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    You know, they’re really not making friends with the umpires — throwing pitches at them and debating every call…

     
  • Posts: 0 mostone

    OK – That was a little too close for comfort! Go jJayson!

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    Oh for goodness sake Jim Tracy.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    jason keep that head down

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @j reed: I think they made the right call on Victorino, but it was definitely close. But you can’t argue every freaking call.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    what was he swinging at. they were all balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    come on Rauuul

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Bouncy bouncy…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Jimenez is pitching cricket…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    watch that change-up

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    draw another walk ibanez. you scored a run with it the other night

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    terrible.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    oof…

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    well at least jimnenez pitch count is going up.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    these announcers are driving me nuts!!!! they must be from Colorado!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    lee needs a nice shutdown inning to quiet this crowd down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bobby in Boston

    Top 3: Damn, we let Jimenez off the hook there. Phils have swung at a lot of bad pitches, but he’s up to 65 pitches through 3 IP, so we will be into that bullpen soon. But we need a big hit, folks. That RISP is starting to drop.

    J Reed, YES, Chooch made that throw and he would have had Helton out easily if he makes an accurate throw. But you’re right. Ordinarily, that’s a risky throw by a catcher.

    These Rockie fans have no class. They just razzed JWerth after he fouled a ball off his leg and went down in pain. Sheesh.

    Finally, J-Roll, please look at some pitches. Jimmy looked at 7-8 pitches first time up. This time. One pitch and weak grounder. Not good, man. Come on. But he is playing great D this series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    can we get Gonzalez out this time?

     
  • Posts: 0 keeg

    Ibanez KNEW that change-up was coming.

    Same old story in the postseason…bases loaded, less than two outs SUCKS for us, spells DISASTER for us.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    I love how the announcers are talking about a momentum shift when Cliff Lee who’s one of the best in the game is settling into cruise control while Jiminez may only last one more inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh get that Gonzalez out.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    someone needs to show gonzolez the dirt in the batter’s box

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice play Utley!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Way to turn the DP!

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Thats why Utley is a very good defensive 2nd basemen, his instincts and internal clock are unrivaled.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Feliz, Ruiz, Lee. let’s go!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Chase is playing great lately

     
  • Posts: 0 Bobby in Boston

    Beautiful play by Utley! Yeah, these announcers are total Colorado homers.

    BTW, I have to say I loved seeing Al Leiter pick the Phillies to win this game and pop on a Phillies cap in the MLB TV pre-game. Take that, Mets fans!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    well unbaldo has established that he can’t get his breaking stuff over for a strike except for those few first pitch curveballs in the first two innings

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh another first pitch out

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I guess taking a pitch or two is not in the playbook tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bobby in Boston

    TOP 4: Again, Feliz swinging at the first pitch. Come on guys! WIth this pitch count going up, we’ve got to look at some pitches. Dude keeps throwing balls in the dirt. “Rockies” announcer said it was a “perfect” start to the inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well this inning sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Amazing how Jiminez gets that strike on a low fastball but it’s called a ball on Lee

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ugh 8 pitches

     
  • Posts: 0 Bobby in Boston

    We made that WAY too easy for him. From Werth through Lee, our hitters have stopped doing what they were doing early in the game. Rollins needs to get the offense on track in the 5th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    One pitch AB for Feliz again.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    how many pitches is lee at?

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffK

    Is it me (and Im watching Gamecast b/c im stuck in class) or is Cliff not throwing many first pitch strikes tonight? Could that somehow be by design?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, that was almost bad…

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    what was werth doing? gymnastics??

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Lee: about 60 pitches

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice 1-2-3 inning Lee!

    Rollins, Victorino, Utley. let’s go!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Lee ends the inning with 63 pitches

     
 
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