Gameday: Phillies (1-0) at Nationals (0-1)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 07, 2010 05:45 PM | Comments: 133
Gameday 2010, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (1-0) at Washington Nationals (0-1)

Cole Hamels, LHP vs. Jason Marquis, RHP

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: Clear/Warm, 80
TV: Comcast Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation

It’ll be hard to duplicate what happened on Opening Day, but the Phillies certainly will give it a shot tonight.  After an off day that gave us time to reflect on the exceptional Roy Halladay performance, Cole Hamels will look to turn over a new leaf of his own.

Hamels will look to put 2009 behind him as he steps to the rubber for the first time since the World Series a year ago.  Everyone knows this season is a huge part of the maturation process for Cole. Can he put those demons behind him?  Only time will tell.  It is known, however, that the Phillies need him to be Doc’s right hand man in the rotation.

Jason Marquis is the Game 2 starter for the Nats.  The 30-year old righty is 5-3 lifetime against the Phils, and is coming off of a 15-win season a year ago with the Rockies.  As our own Corey Seidman eluded too yesterday, the Nats are putting a lot of pressure on Marquis to be their man main after giving him a hefty contract to come to D.C. He’s probably, at best, a number three starter, but that’s the pitching situation in Washington.

Offensively, the Phillies put on a show and gave Doc plenty of run support in their opening game.  The surprise came from Placido Polanco who flexed his muscle early and often.  His grand slam proves just how sweet it must be to hit behind Jimmy Rollins and in front of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

One guy to keep an eye on is Raul Ibanez.  He slumped badly this spring, but did notch a hit and crossed the plate twice on Monday.  Raul is 1-for-6 lifetime against Marquis, but overall has hit .386 lifetime against Nats pitching.  Look for a quick breakout from Ibanez.

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

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Hoegaarden Witbeer

On what will be a very warm evening up and down the I-95 corridor, it’s best to drink something lighter and refreshing, without giving up taste.  In comes Hoegaarden with its citrusy, light-bodied flavor that is infused with some coriander spice and hints of orange peel. The Wheat Beer is unfiltered, but it does not affect the taste. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s like Blue Moon, but in my opinion, slightly better. Enjoy. - By Pat


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  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I just saw a stat that Marquis has a 3.50 ERA against the Phils since ’07.

    I’m more excited for this game than for opening day because I want to see what Cole can do. I’m thinking positive.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I’ve had Hoegaarden….it’s good!


    Like I said in the other thread….

    Hamels tonight: 6 IP, 3 earned runs, 7 Ks
    Bullpen: no runs given up and Madson gets the save
    Offense: 6 runs, either Raul or Werth goes yard

    Go Phillies!! Just over an hour til game time. I’m pumped!!

  • Posts: 0 shipsass

    Remember The Fightins, and all you bloggers please keep your WordPress installation patched and up to date!

  • Posts: 0 Larry

    worry about what hamels will do agains the mets not the nats

  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    First post of the ’10 season! Overslept the Opening Day, came in late to it, saw the replay and whoa boy! The doc is in!

    All eyes on Cole to see what he can do and I’m thinking he’s got it. We shall see in a very short time!

  • Posts: 0 rob5000

    Anyone know a stream I can pick this up on? In class FML!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Go Phillies!!! :D

  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    Yeah it’s not on Comcast Sportsnet or myPHL? Where the hell is it?

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Hoegaarden is the best. Love it. Had it right after I turned 21, my father took me to some pub in center city. I wish I remembered the name of the place.

    Right now I am starting a 6 pack of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. One of my all time favorite beers, available April – August(I believe)

    Glad to see some new faces here on the game day thread at PN. Hoping to see some of the regulars soon.

    Let’s do this King Cole. New year, new you.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It’s on 856 for me which is TCNHD. I have Comcast Digital.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Sacks jacked with the big fella coming up.

  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    Howard to do some damage!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Unfortunately, we have Verizon Fios…..so no Comcast NETWORK availability for me. CSN has the stupid Sixers game. Who cares!!
    Oh well, I’ve got radio coverage….it’s all good!!


    I’ll have to try the Leinenkugel Summer. The winter beer I had back in February was good.


    Well, we got one run out of the bases-loaded, no out situation at least.

  • Posts: 0 Jay

    If Phillies fans ruined Opening Day for the Nationals. Who is ruining this game? The 30,000 Nationals fans that didn’t show up, maybe?

  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    That’ll work, thanks for the help!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Two runs now!! Ok, I’ll take that.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Chuck…Fireside Nut Brown, very good. Their version of blue moon “Sunset Wheat” is also very good.

    @ Jay…well played.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I’ll take 2 runs in the top of the first.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Thanks, Ed. Tonight, I’ve got Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout. It comes in a mixed case with an India Pale Ale and a brown ale. Kind of pricey and I’ve only seen it sold by the case….but it’s worth it.


    Not a good start for Cole!! C’mon….bear down.

  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    I am confident in Cole putting it together, even if it takes him a few innings to do it. Roy had a rough start on Monday also, so we’ll see what happens.

  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    A strike out!

    Well, i’ll take it for starters :)

    C’mon Cole, prove the haters wrong!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Ok Ok. Good inning Cole.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I have only ever had one Oatmeal Stout and it was pretty strong. Actually it was the only Stout I have ever had. It wasn’t bad, but it was strong.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Has anyone seen the curve or cutter that Cole has been working on this spring?
    I dont believe it has made an appearance yet.

  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    Chooch, my boy!

    Don’t be striking out like that :(

  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    C’mon Jimmy, let’s get some more offense Rollin(s)

    Wow that pun was terrible :(

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It did not make an appearance in the first you are correct Brooks.

    Way to hustle J-Roll.

  • Posts: 0 RashGordon18


    Turn off the radio brother… Fios now has TCN now… channel 99 on mine.

  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    According to Franzke, that second swinging strike on Willingham was a cutter. It was clocked at 86 while most of his changeups are 80-81 so I’d tend to think so?

  • Posts: 0 diz

    My friend raves about hoegarden, will have to try it. I do enjoy blue moon.

    I’m keeping up with the game via MLB gameday, pitch by pitch. I don’t have comcast. :/

  • Posts: 0 RashGordon18


    Not sure what provider you have but double check your channels. Comcast lost a lawsuit, they can no longer deny other providers access to TCN. I know FIOS has added it to their lineup but not sure about any others.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Hoegaarden is fantastic but pricey. Totally worth it.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Good news is his fast ball has gotten to 92 – the bad news is we still dont see the curve or the cutter yet.
    Note – Heyward (Bravos) hit an rbi double.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I’m looking at MLB and they are reporting his breaking ball to 86 mph. Could be!

  • Posts: 0 John

    Anyone other out of are fans having trouble with gameday audio? The Philly & Wash link both are giving me the Nat broadcast. Though I must say, their play by play guy is pretty damn good!

  • Posts: 0 amazinsux

    Note- Who gives a shi! about the Bravos?

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Just when Chipper is finally going to retire we have to deal with this Heyward kid.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Way to groove one there Hamels.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Solo shot – sigh

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Calm down Cole!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Dang! A curve ball – a ball yes but it was a curve!!!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    C’mon Dubee – Cole needs a hug

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    At least it was just a single and not a homer.

  • Posts: 0 Chris

    Is it just me or is the ump not calling the same
    strike zone for both pitchers?

  • Posts: 0 diz

    I have directv. I’ll check.

    Cole was doing well, until that homerun came through. Thought he would keep it going, but he walks the next two batters. :(

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Phew, nice play Poly

  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    I hope Cole bounces back from this inning. He lost concentration and that is NOT good. We really need this guy.

  • Posts: 0 diz

    Okay, I found a channel on directv that’s playing the game. But its apparently blacked out. Womp womp.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Way to go Chooch.

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Way to go COLE! Getting them runs back!

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