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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 Terri

    I am so mad right now. This is why you don’t put your best starter in the BP. Happ is now hurt and probably can’t pitch game 3 or 4. Nice going Charlie. He might have cost us the series.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    bases loaded and no out now and we just burned 2 starters…i still think blanton or happ will pitch game 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Possibly agreed on as the worst managerial decision of the season thus far?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Put in lidge at this point.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Major head scratcher on the pitching choices…

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave M

    Damn, Hamels, Blanton, and Happ already finished for the day and it’s still the seventh inning. wtf!

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyjoe

    well this games just about over…

     
  • Posts: 0 np

    they should of just used happ from the beginning right after hamels was taken out!

    isnt anyone else discussing the bullpen pitchers with charlie?? are they all stupid???

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    eyre get out with no more then 1 run,this is still a game,if not done.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    its called desperate boys

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Keeg, it sure was a bad decision!

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Hamels’ wife is in labor

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    Blanton only threw 19 pitches. It was less than a normal bullpen session, I’d still expect him to pitch game 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I guess 10-11 is pitching game 5 too
    but he will probably be 10-12 if you include the playoffs
    But hell his Ks per nine is up there its just bad luck. Balls finding holes.

     
  • Posts: 0 np

    not a smart move AT ALL…i would love to know his reasoning for that

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    another sac fly

     
  • Posts: 0 hotdogs

    Baby time for Hamels!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    okay hamels wife just went into labor…i give him that…thats alot of stress

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Cole is a selfish guy. he pitched poorly so he would be yanked so he could go see his kid born. what a douche.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well Hamels is about to be a dad

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Using Blanton and Happ in the same game is the worst decision Charlie has ever made. He must have some gut feeling about Charlie. I had such a good feeling going into today and now…deflated. Hopefully we can somehow pull this one out and then we have three chances to close this out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Charlie is going to take a lot of heat for this game.

     
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  • Posts: 0 ray

    getting out of this inning giving up only one run keeps us in it we are ok

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Well, at least he got outta the inning with only one run given up. Still, it may be end up being one run too many…

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    nice job eyre could of been alot worse…now lets gain some momentum from that and score some runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I knew she was having the baby, Cole shot out of that dugout like he had a firecracker up his a$$!! Best wishes.

    Got out of that with alot less damage than I thought, time to score some runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    great job Eyre. Absolutely fantastic. I hate that he is probably retiring after this year. He’s still got it.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    stuart you’re kidding right?

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Nice job Eyre, now get some more runs! I am guessing now it’s going to be Martinez in game 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    The Phillies better mount a comeback considering they used Blanton and Happ in this game. I guess starting pitchers throw bullpen sessions between starts so it’s possible Blanton and Happ might be able to pitch in game 3? I hope the offense can get something going in the bottom of the 7th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    he has to be kidding Ray. No one is that blatantly ignorant.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    haha yeah im joking. im surprised some people didnt flip out on me already.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Eyre’s been one of my favorite bullpen pitchers this year. He continues to show that he can be relied upon.

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    @Ed R: Eyre said he’d be back if the Phils wanted him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    but we need the lead off guy on

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    oh god i wanted a collision on that one

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    come on Rollins!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well you do bring up and interesting point Joe. Blanton did only throw 19 pitches so it is feasible he pitches again. I doubt game 3, possibly game 4. Happ, depending on how he is feeling could possibly pitch game 4 too. Who knows at this point?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    lol it’s hard to hear sarcasm in a thread that’s all i’m saying

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    the phils do this alot score all their runs in 1 or 2 inning and then their done like yesterday…hopefully it’s different today.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    jimmy has to get on here. he has to

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well this inning isn’t going well

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    nice job rollins swining at a ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 hotdogs

    uh oh

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    two innings left, plenty of at bats. bullpen has to come up big here

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Too bad Coles wife didnt go into labor say around 7 am so he could have been scratched here and one of the better pitchers this year ( 2 or 3 to choose from) could have started.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    i wonder what wouldve happened if cole was pitching a gem. do you tell him his wife is going into labor? or do yu jstu keep it quiet haha.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    heart stopped on that one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Gave me a cot damn heart attack.

     
 
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