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
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


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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well Myers looks great. Get’s raped by a pitch that went feel by 3 feet and then hits the guy on back to back pitches.

  • Posts: 0 ray

    hard to believe that he did that on purpose like the announcer is insinuating

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    these announcers are stupid, Myers didn’t hit him on purpose.

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Did Myers just throw at Tulo?? lol

  • Posts: 0 Craig

    Myers = Headcase

  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    I think now’s a good time to start planning for Game 4. The magic was there in the…sixth inning. But that came and went fast. Now it’s back to being depressed/

  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    Happ can pitch Saturday. No problem as long as his leg is OK. Basically today was like a bullpen session for him. They need to have a lefty go Sat.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ugh again

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    not sure why myers even came in here. when was the last time he pitched? wasnt it a couple weeks ago? I could be wrong but if im right why would you bring someone who hasnt seen livebatting for a couple weeks in a position like this where you absolutely cannot let up a run.

  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Nice Myers… way to hold up the opinion that the Phils weakness is their bullpen. Ugh…

  • Posts: 0 ray

    Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

    And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…the tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go

  • Posts: 0 jt

    these announcers are rockies biased like i said earlier…tbs sucks all together someone else need to get mlb playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Terri

    can our BP have a 1-2-3 inning.

  • Posts: 0 steve jeltz

    Hamels should know better than to get with his wife in january. the blame is on him.

  • Posts: 0 hotdogs

    GET him OUT

  • Posts: 0 jt

    ray wasn’t it the japanese that bombed pearl harbor?

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    hahaha ray

  • Posts: 0 ray

    oh crap i copied and pasted that from movie quotes…my fault for not proofreading..lol

  • Posts: 0 hotdogs

    I’m with you rays says!!!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Jason steroid s still in the league?

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    jt it was a quote from the movie “animal house” lol

  • Posts: 0 Madeline of Manyunk

    Personally, I would like to see that wife-beating drunk Brett Myers OUT of a Phillies uniform next year. He stinks despite good stuff and is paid way too much. We could get two better pitchers for what he makes with far less drama.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    oh yea my fault haha i just remembered that lol.

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    This sucks. Happ looked pretty hurt, which means Pedro Martinez Saturday. That seventh inning, and to a lesser extent the sixth, proves just how critical were the Park/Moyer injuries. After Hamels leaves, either could come in, especially Park, and can pitch a few innings, meaning that our Saturday wouldn’t be in flux, and that Happ wouldn’t be hurt.

    Doesn’t Charlie raising his left hand mean Bastardo is coming in? Oh damn…

  • Posts: 0 ray

    and of course everyone knows what movie that’s from and who said it unless you’re really young and/or don’t care about movies..lol
    nice they avoided giving up the run..now they need to get this last out

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    if we get out of this inning without giving up a run. philly needs to get real loud. utley, howard, werth, ibanez. our run producers in the 6th. this game isnt over IF we can get out of this without giving up a run. if we give up one it will be pretty deflating.

  • Posts: 0 ray

    oooo he did say germans? lmao

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    ugh, this was the situation that i was afraid of.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Bastardo’s Bastards returns

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    We’ll see how this decision to put Bastardo on the post season roster turns out…

  • Posts: 0 Madeline of Manyunk

    Ray, you are such a leader. Keep the faith and keep slugging. We are, after all, THE PHIGHTIN PHILS. Oh NO, it’s BASTARDO!!!

  • Posts: 0 Quentin

    Just got back from work. Alright go rockies!!!

    By the way since the phillies will lose this game, game 3 is up in the air on saturday as it is a night game and it is supposed to be freezing. Rocks are gonna win it in 4 I guarantee my life on it. You just wasted Blanton and Happ who got injured and you’re gonna start Pedro against us in Coors Field. Forget it. No team can win a world series without a bullpen. You guys had an amazing bullpen last year but everyone sucks this year. Hamels sucked today, blanton wasted and happ injured. LET ME REPEAT I GUARANTEE ROCKS WIN IT IN 4. like 7-4 game 3 and 3-2 game 4.

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    steve jeltz, are you serious? Let a game get in the way of maybe having a kid? If they lose this series, life goes on.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    In reading some of these posts, I truly realize how RIDICULOUS and NEGATIVE some of you people are…..actually thinking that Cole pitched poorly just so he could be pulled from the game to be with his wife as she gave birth……


  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    the roids got to jasons head

  • Posts: 0 ray

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…..let’s at least get a run this inning, i’d be more happy with 3 though

  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Time for the Phillies to rally!!!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Bastardo’s Bastards! Hahahahah!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Bastardo’s Bastards delivers!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Thank you for having your priorities in order, Chuck.

  • Posts: 0 BrewTownPhilsPhan

    “Let it go…he’s on a roll.”

    (re. Germans)

  • Posts: 0 Madeline of Manyunk

    Quentin…..for those comments on a Phillies blog, well, you will be repentin’

  • Posts: 0 PhuckTheRockies

    shut up quentin

  • Posts: 0 BS

    +1 for Chuck. I’m channeling the spirit of the Babe and calling a comeback.

  • Posts: 0 T Mac

    Have the Rockies used all of their LH relievers? This is great!

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Quentin, do me a favor and shut up. Happs xrays came back negative, blanton had thrown 19 pitches i believe. in other words, neither of them are wasted. youre an idiot and a waste of internet space for commenting here. go to a rockies blog where no one knows anything about baseball. thanks.

  • Posts: 0 Craig

    R.E Chuck

    To mis-quote the legendary Bill Shankly

    “Some people think Baseball is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Who else would get the Jeltz?
    Christ people have excuses. If its thier first child labor could last 20 hours easy.
    He pitched like CRAP like he has all year. Baby or no baby. I dont want to see him starting agian this series.

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    why is cbp absolutely silent?

  • Posts: 0 hotdogs

    Can someone please call the Bank and tell those people to start cheering for our Phillies!!!!

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