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Gameday: Cubs (19-22) at Phillies (24-15)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Thu, May 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Comments: 60
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Chicago Cubs (19-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-15)

Tom Gorzelanny, RHP (2-4, 3.49 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton, RHP (1-2, 5.49 ERA)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Sunny, 76

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Twitter: @philliesnation

In their matinee matchup with the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies have a couple of things going for them. One is that today’s starter for the Cubs, Ryan Dempster, pitches with the appendage on the right side of his torso, not the left. After being held to one run combined the past two nights by Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny, the last thing the Phillies want to see is another lefty.

Dempster is having a strange season. He’s pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts and his ERA is a respectable 3.49, but he’s just 2-4 to show for it. In fact, he’s gone seven innings in each of his last four starts – and lost all of them. The problem is a lack of run support; the Cubs scored a total of 10 runs in those four games, dropping three of them by one run.

During his career, Dempster has been smacked around by the Phillies. He hasn’t beaten them as a starter since 2001, with a 1.62 WHIP, 4.99 ERA and .272 BAA. The only area where his numbers are OK is wins and losses (4-4).

After all the talk of the Phillies finally getting their lineup fully back with the return of Jimmy Rollins on Monday, it hasn’t resulted in much success – mainly because the lineup still wasn’t really together until Wednesday (Chase Utley sat out Monday and Tuesday with flulike symptoms). And today Werth and Ruiz will get a rest. So the wait for the varsity Phillies lineup to put it all together will have to wait for the Red Sox series this weekend.

Today’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Rollins (SS), Ibanez (LF), Gload (RF), Hoover (C), Blanton (P)

Hop ExplosionYour Gameday Beer – Hop Explosion

The Phils are in dire need of an offensive explosion, so let’s drink to that. Brewed in Bethlehem, Hop Explosion is not too widely available outside of the Lehigh Valley but as the name hints, it’s an IPA. There are some citrus flavors but they’re completely overpowered by the intensely bitter hops. This beer is certainly an acquired taste, but so is curried goat, so have the two together and pray for better meals and games ahead. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    F*ck yea Jimmy!

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Stupid pitching management by the Phils……Seventh inning, one out ,bases loaded — nobody warming up in the bullpen. Stupid.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    phillies nation out on a field trip??

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I completely forgot there was a day game today…

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Bastardo looked good for two pitches. THEN, THUNDER. This guy has potential as a relief pitcher. I cannot condemn Cholly for putting him in the game. Experience is important, too, for a young pitcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    What Burr??? How dare you not ridicule Charlie Manuel… rule number one on this site is you take every chance you can get to say I told you so.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Can’t blame uncle chuck on this one…

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    RAUUUULLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where’s Corey? Didn’t we predict he was turning the corner??

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Let’s go contreras close it down!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Hell yea RAUUUUUUUULLLL!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    There is something terrifying about seeing Soriano at the plate holding that monstrous bat with a chance to tie this thing…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    INJURY DELAY? Wtf someone explain!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Stop fouling off pitchers Soriano… who do you think you are? WERTH?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Not sure what’s up with this site lately…

    Lot’s of “down for site maintenance”.

    And, what’s the deal with the Ashurn/Jeltz awards? Not timely at all….and bogus awards to “The Phillies offense”??? Just think that ONE individual should get it it for each game. My opinion for what’s it’s worth…

    ——-

    The game???…… Let’s go Contreras!! Need a win!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Good Lord.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Chuck, I think a virus has taken over the hosts of this site or something like that… hence, everything is crazy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Contreras is making me antsy!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Put it in play or miss, for God’s sake!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Brutal at bat…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Are we gonna lose again??!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Yep. Loking like a BS is coming.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    K that kid and get the DP.. This is how we do it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Well, I got my wish. Too nice of day to watch extra innings. Screw it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Or can Werth get the out at home on his bday??

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Nice… we needed that K… Now a DP!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Keep it out of the outfield, still have a shot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Contreras really isn’t all that sharp. C’mon, Jose!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Oooh man he might get out of this with a save. Knock on wood.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Yessssss!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FIST PUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    I’m watching on MLB.com, but no update. What happened?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    THAT was a tough…..but MUCH-needed win! Bring on the BoSox!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Yeah, no update for the last 5 min…looks like a win though

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    DOUBLE FIST PUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Someone with eyes — how’d the last two outs go down?

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    It was first and third with no outs, contreras then proceded to strike two guys out and get a popup into foul territory for the win.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Exciting game. Damn good to see Raul with the winning clutch hit. And, I must admit that Contraras brought back memories of Mitch Williams without the walks. I think he will be good as a closer. Great to get the win. Guess I need to go pray at my Cholly Manuel Shrine and beg forgiveness for criticizing him.. Who the hell do I think I am anyway. The world is good, the colors are bright again, the Phils win.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Cool. The guy knows how to get out of jam — even ones he gets himself into.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    JOSE! YAYYYY!!

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    For those who are spelling perfectionists — I know it is “Contreras.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    is anyone watching the braves games. talk about a meltdown by the Red.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    YESSSSSS AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BIG C!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    this one had to hurt for cubs fans. 1/3rd no out against a pitcher they owned and they get the big goose egg. haha… no cubs no!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    braves down 9-6 in 9th i think

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Considering Contreras was pretty much the last serious guy brought in as really just an insurance policy where would the Phillies be right now without him…?

    This front office is doing an incredible job probably better than any other team at filling out the roster.

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Come on Cordero

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    It’s amazing Hendry still has his job in Chicago… I think it was Keith Law who said the Cubs can’t win with Marlon Byrd as the everyday CF, partially true.

    Surely they’ll finally realize they can’t win with that roster and mentality and dismantle that roster this off-season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    the braves just won. scored 8 in the bottom of the 9th

     
 
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