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NLDS Gameday: Rockies at Phillies, Game 2

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, October 08, 2009 01:37 PM | Comments: 473
Gameday 2009, Posts

Colorado Rockies (0-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-0)

Phillies lead series 1-0

Aaron Cook, RHP (0-0) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (0-0)

Time: 2:37 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 65
TV: TBS
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Less than 24 hours after a complete game dazzler from Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and the Phillies will take to the field looking for a 2-0 series lead.  There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Lee’s outing on Tuesday, but you know how it went.  Save the ninth, it was everything the Phillies hoped for, and more.

Hamels will attempt to match that start in a game where the winds should not be a factor.  After a shaky regular season, this is the time of year Hamels has been known to dominate; his track record speaks for itself.  Last season, Hamels blew through the Brewers, Dodgers, and Rays to capture the World Series MVP award, plus all of the fame that comes with it.  Now one of the most recognizable Phillies, Hamels needs to rekindle that 2008 showing and step one is beating the Rockies to make this a lopsided series.

Aaron Cook opposes Hamels, in what will be just his second career postseason start.  He previously pitched against the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series, were he tossed six innings, allowing just three earned in a hard luck loss.  Cook spent the early part of this season on the DL, but came back to post a decent stat line: 11-6, 4.16 ERA, 175 hits, 158 innings.  His mediocre WHIP (1.405) means he will allow base runners, so look for the Phils to capitalize today.

Yesterday, every starter in the Phillies order had at least one hit, Lee included.  That offensive balance, paired with the outstanding pitching performance made for an awesome Game 1. Today, look for the bats to stay hot, as Cook has struggled mightily against the Phils. He’s just 1-5 lifetime with an ERA pushing six.  In 21 at-bats against Cook, Chase Utley is hitting .381 with a HR and an amazing 11 RBI.

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

Hollywood BlondeYour Gameday Beer – Hollywood Blonde
Today’s beer selection is of course in honor of the Phillies flashy starting pitcher. This Blonde beer is a good introduction to the category as its taste is not overpowering. It has a faint citrus flavor with hints of flowers and grass…a real hippie taste from this California Brewery (Great Bear Company). Enjoy it with a pulled pork sandwich topped with some Cole slaw. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Who is pitching game 3? Happ or Martinez?

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    guess they wanted to get hamels the start at home because they said he’s not going to colorado and is staying home because his wife about to have a baby.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    craig go away you lost all credibility….a bandwagoning jumper from colorado looks like this:
    http://www.southparkstudios.com/fans/characters/102

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Manuel has lost it. Why is the Phillies 3rd best stater not getting start in the playoffs? What a waste.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    im so annoyed with tbs. yesterday the audio kept cutting out. then today the audio is cutting out and now the video feedis all messed up. cant espn or nbc or fox or someone who knows how to do baeball get the job?

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    So who goes in Game 4? Beacuse the way theyre playing today there will be a game 4.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    blanton will start game 4 or at least he should…i’m not confident in pedro he should be in the pen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Happ game 3, and I guess Pedro game 4. which worries me. In colorardo, i the cold. i think pedro will get shelled. We better hope happ gets a win when he pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Blanton needed to start the game. But hell Cole had a nice K per nine ratio.
    Make an excuse for him.
    Heres my excuse he was on the red carpet and making commercials.
    I did see a nice interview on HBO for the entourage premier. Too bad i didnt see any big games pitched.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    stuart if you’re on the hd channel i’ve been getting the same crap. the screen froze yesterday too and i had to switch to the regular channel

     
  • Posts: 0 charlie

    Cole Hamels is a piece of Dung. How many 2 strike, 2 out dingers has he given up this year. He is not ready for prime time. He had his year last year. HE SUCKS

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillyguy

    Joe Blanton is the man, he’s a natural born winner, he will finish this game, there shall be no more runs tonight by Colorado, Phillies Offense is terrible today though!!!!!!! positively awful!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Victorino!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    was in the middle of typing shouldve let that one go by. never mind. haha lets get something rolling this inning. get loud, get to cook, get the win

     
  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    Georgie…kind of agree with you about the black tacos. They actually creep me out.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    go vic…ok come on lets rally i know we can do it come on.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    alright ut time to lead your team

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    You know first i want the Phillies to win. I sense a comeback.

    but

    If you are going to go HOLLYWOOD you better damn well pitch well.
    I took a heap of crap for questioning this guy on monday too.
    dotn worry there is a premier somewhere tonight he can attend.

     
  • Posts: 0 craig the rockies fan

    well guys im gonna go suck a big D now. we have nothing better to do in colorado anyways.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    please god no double play

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Rally time. There’s a lot of baseball left today!

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    come on howard show us you can be clutch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    i really really hope he doesnt strike out. lose soooo much momentum

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    take 2nd chase

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright HOWARD! :D

    let’s go!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    let’s keep the good mo jo going.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    LETS GO WERTH!!!! get another triple. ah hell make this one a homer

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillyguy

    WERTH($*@@)#(( BETTER DO SOMETHING HERE

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    we’re in business!

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    they aren’t taking any chances huh?lets get to that bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    haha, I’m wearing my Reading Phils Ryan Howard tee and I rubbed it RIGHT before he hit that!

    And there goes Cook!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Here we go boys.

    I had to bite my tongue to not start lamenting and planning game four.

    We still have time. 4 innings is a lot of game left. One RBI, runners on second and third and no outs. Just knocked Cook out, and their bullpen can be gotten to.

    I’d say this is the inning we make this a ballgame again!

    Lets goooo Fightins!

     
  • Posts: 0 craig the rockies fan

    Ray go have sex with your mother because i just did.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    This is the conteras skell from the white sox?

     
  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    Andrew…agree with you 100%. Hamels had a great year last year. It’s OK to go “hollywood” after a year like that, I guess. But at some point, you have to shut down hollywood and bust your ass to get back to or above the level of the previous year. Hamels never did that. He came to camp out of shape and it has shown all year. That is what has annoyed me so much about him this year. All you need to do is look at Howard…giant new contract, decent year, WS and he STILL busted his ass to lose weight and come to camp in great shape.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh

     
  • Posts: 0 hotdogs

    why didn’t Utley score????

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    wooooooooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooooo

     
  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    Werth. Small.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLL

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL!

     
  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLl

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie's Babies

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    im thinking feliz gets out and chooch hits a homer!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Feliz!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    LETS GO CHOOCH!!! SOME MORE POST SEASON MAGIC!

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    NICE. Ibanez just earned his 6.5M all over again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillyguy

    A chance to get on top now!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    why would you swing at the first pitch? why

     
 
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