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Padres (32-21) at Phillies (28-24)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Fri, June 04, 2010 05:36 PM | Comments: 75
2010 Gameday, Posts

San Diego Padres (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-24)

Mat Latos (5-3, 3.08 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (7-3, 1.99 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: @philliesnation
Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Castro SS, Ruiz C, Halladay P

Boy, do the Phillies ever need Roy.

Games such as this one are exactly why the Phillies shuttled a couple of their top prospects to Toronto to pry “Doc” away from the Blue Jays.

You do that to get a pitcher for which there are many nicknames – “horse,” “ace,” “stopper” – in essence, a guy who is his best when the chips are down.

The Phillies need Halladay because they need a win, having fallen three games behind the white-hot Braves in the NL East, and Halladay far and away gives them their best chance at getting one.

It’s probable that Halladay won’t be as good as he was the last time out, when he breezed through the Florida Marlins’ lineup three times as easily as he knocks out a 7 a.m. workout. It’s quite likely that Johnny Vander Meer’s record of consecutive no-hitters will still be standing come Saturday. But the amazing thing about Halladay is that you believe that indeed he could do it again.

In reality, this game is no more about Halladay, though, than it is about the Phillies’ offense. For the past 11 games, the offense has been a shell of its former self because of a combination of slumps and injuries that has turned the clock back on the lineup – as in back to February and March, when you would actually expect to see two or three reserves playing every day. In the Charlie Manuel era, the Phillies’ fate has usually been tied to the offense, and this season is no different.

Woodchuck Dry and DarkYour Gameday Beer – Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale

The arrival of hot weather means raspberries are almost in season – an excuse to try one of these 5.6 percent brews. As expected it’s sweet, tart and fruity but not exactly an authentic framboise. It has a dark amber appearance, which gives the beer a base for the flavors of red and black raspberries. It has a lot of carbonation, so be prepared. Pair it with spicy Mexican food. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 The SHART Factor

    Who would have ever thought that the Padres would be eleven games above .500 at 53 games into the season. Most pundits thought they were a shoe-in for last place in their division. While the Phightins are four games above .500 with 52 games played, they have been euphemistically lackluster for a couple of weeks. In fact they outright stunk and played uninspired baseball. The Phils should win this one and score some runs for Roy Halladay. If they don’t then that will indeed speak volumes. Let’s keep our spirits positive and our hopes high. Maybe the positive Karma and home cooking will make a difference.

    I’ll see you at the ballpark.

    Respectfully,

    Bart Shart.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Im on the way now. Love it. Doc and our offense will put some runs up. Sitting down in the club seats tonight. OH BABBY. A phillies win and a mets lose….GO PHILLIES.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    i secretly have a crush on pee wee herman

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Adrian Gonzalez ending up where?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    damn, no back to back

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Rats, no chance of another PG. :D

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Um… there is something seriously effed up with these blog comments — it just told me that I’m posting too quickly, when I tried to post my first comment of the day.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Hey… there’s a line-up that looks a little more familiar! Maybe we can start turning this around!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Tracey I have had that issue for about a week now.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    who is this guy, and what did he do to Chase Utley?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ah well. There’s a lot of game left.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Ed: I’ve also been getting that “posting too quickly” error frequently for the last week or so, at times that don’t seem to correspond to me, you know, actually posting quickly. But this is the first time that I’ve gotten that error on my first post of the day near the beginning of the comments.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Let’s hope so Tracey. Mat Latos isn’t exactly a bum.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I was about to say, “yeah, but the Phils usually up their game when they play against tough competition…” and then they got a second hit and now have runners at the corners with no out. Eep!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    The luck of this team, a misplayed hit and run and a hit by the number 8 hitter and his .197 avg.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Werth is due for a bomb.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Bleh. Well, we got a baserunner. Nobody’s getting a PG *against* us.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEW!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Halladay helps himself, hahahaha!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES!!!! PHILLIES TAKE THE LEAD!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, this would be a really good time for Big Brown to break out of his HR slump…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    A lead? What is this?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Tracey…I agree, but Howard had a homer in the Atlanta series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    … or a good time for Howard to take a walk. Yeah, that would be good…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, this would be a REALLY good time for Werth to stop sucking…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Looks like the beard is coming back. Maybe Werth’s mojo will come back with it…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (sigh) Keep working on that beard, Jayson…

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    If Ibanez were a horse someone would shoot him. Oyyyy.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    hehehe. fans at Phils game cheering Flyers lead.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO!!! Good night for Victorino!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    2-0 Flyers…

    Jesus Christ Howard, for 125 mil you better take some classes or rent a DVD on how to hit a breaking ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Giving him that contract was the worst thing ever. He has underperformed since.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wow, Werth didn’t strike out!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Flyers winning 3-1!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Argh.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    That used to be a spot where we would break a game open.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    and somebody had the temerity to question my statement that this is the worst team in the league right now?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Anyone else sick of this Chicago homer announcing the Flyers game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well in fairness teejvee…the Orioles still blow pretty bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Are we going to see Lidge tonight???

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Ed: yeah, it’s hard to be worse than Baltimore this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Chuck: Oh, please, God, no…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yes Chuck I think if we are winning or tied in the 9th we will see Lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    at least Roy only threw 108 pitches

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Typical. Romero walks someone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Great play Poly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Nice DP!

     
  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Would be nice for the offensive to squeeze out one more run at least. Does not matter how they do it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    GO BIG BROWN!!!

     
 
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