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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 Keith

    ugh another DP

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I Hate DP

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    CHOOOCH – WORK SOME MAGIC.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Wow, nice lack of patience right there.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    for the record everyone, i didn’t make the nasty comment pretending to be craig yesterday, second he’s already lost all credibility with me so i don’t care what he says. thirdly i’m not gonna run out of the thread and cry because he made fun of me like he ran out yesterday even though we know why he really ran out of the thread and like david letterman say that’s all i’m going to say about that lol

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

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

    That’s what she said

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    chooch come on your better then that.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    alright well its a new game, folks…..lets just hope the pen can hold em

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Classy craig…real classy.

    Every drink I make today has gotten stronger and stronger.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    LOL
    Ruiz is was and always will be my guy. Assault him now.
    I do thnk the phils win this.
    I actually feel bad for putting Cole down. I am going to try to stay posiitive.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Eurgh. We will see if that will have been the buzzkill that essentially ended the game for us.

    That hurt, Ruiz. That hurt.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    i don’t get it, yesterday he took brillant abs then a first pitch swing with Contreras on the ropes …why

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    oh no

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    why do they keep making the same mistake. get the sure out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ALWAYS GO TO FIRST!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    really wtf is charlie doing here brining in happ?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    why are they going with Happ????????????????

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    soooooo now who pitches game 3?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Wow!!! WTF is Charlie doing? Guess Pedro is starting game 3. I am absolutely shocked at what I am seeing. Charlie has absolutely NO faith in his pen at all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    are they serious with bringing in J.A Hpp? Who will start game 3?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Pedro in Game 3?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    I guess he’s going all in and betting they can win this game…but if we lose it, this move basically screws us for the rest of the series pitching wise?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Someone is immitating me. Ignore the crap.
    Poor fat joe. He should have started.
    WOw theres happ too
    Pedro game 3 I was telling everyone.
    This is becoming a joke.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    yea charlie doesn’t have any faith in that pen…can’t blame blanton for going to 3rd on that it was pretty close.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Argh, not Happ, not now. Now we have to win this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Is EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD bewildered that both Happ and Blanton have been used?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well this inning just sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    if we can somehow get out of this jam, then we get momentum back with the pitcher spot coming up. pinch hit for the pitcher, happ still starts on saturday

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Hope Happ is alright.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    oh boy there goes happ…nice managing charlie.

     
  • Posts: 0 np

    yikes…using happ and blanton…should have been 1 or the other, not a smart idea for both

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Oh no, are you kidding me?

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Happ injured?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    How do 2 better pitchers relieve a lesser pitcher?
    Bad karma hre for rewarding a guy with a losing record and league average ERa when you have 2 guys with better records and lower ERAs relieving him. I dont get it.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Argh, why are we burning our 3rd & 4th starters in a game we’re losing?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Happ’s injured

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    orrrr not.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Wow. Everyone, please turn your anger towards Charlie Manuel. He just cost us a starter.

     
  • Posts: 0 CZ

    UNBELIEVABLE

     
  • Posts: 0 hotdogs

    Might as well bring in Lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    He probably usually pitches 2 days before a start (Blanton or Happ)

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    this is why i hate charlie. never will like him. using your two main starters. now you lose happ what a waste you piece of trash.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Oh, that’s just great.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Well, this sucks BIG TIME!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    happ will pitch game 3, he wants to pitch now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    The entire season just flashed before my eyes in the span of an inning. We have to win this game, if not, I don’t think we have a chance in hell unless Lee goes game 4.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    wonderful, juuust wonderful…..
    I guess the only good thing about this is that he’ll be able to pitch game 3 if it turns out he’s not too badly hurt

     
  • Posts: 0 np

    makes no sense for using happ and blanton??!!!

    so stupid!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Words escape me.

     
  • Posts: 0 craig the rockies fan

    i take it from the rear!!!! come get me big beefy men. oh yeahhhhhhh…

     
 
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