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NLCS Gameday: Phillies vs. Giants, Game 4

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, October 20, 2010 05:19 PM | Comments: 757
2010 Gameday, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) at San Francisco Giants (2-1)
San Francisco Giants

Joe Blanton (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 3.00)

Time: 7:57, AT&T Park
Weather: Sunny, 62
TV: FOX
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As demoralizing as yesterday afternoon’s loss was, a 2-1 deficit is hardly the end of the world. After all, this was exactly the position in which the Phillies found themselves through three games in the 1993 NLCS, against a far superior Braves team–and we all know how that ended. Tonight, the Phils take another crack at San Francisco, and the national audience gets its first chance to see Joe Blanton.

Blanton, for his part, recovered in a big way after a rocky start to the season. In the Big Easy’s last 20 starts, he’s 8-1 with a 3.81 ERA. For his postseason career, Blanton’s 2-0 with a 3.89 ERA in eight appearances. What’s more, he’s been a Cody Ross killer (who’d'a thought that would become important?). According to ESPN’s Stats & Info blog, Ross is 3-for-11 in his career against the former Kentucky Wildcat, but has struck out in each of his last four plate appearances.

Opposing Blanton will be Madison Bumgarner, a 21-year-old lefty out of Hickory, N.C. Bumgarner, a former top-10 pick, had the dubious distinction of being about the fifth-most-hyped rookie to make his debut in the NL at age 20 this season. If you’ve got a name like Madison Bumgarner, you either get stuffed in a locker every day of your life or you grow up to be a total badass. That Bumgarner started and won a postseason clincher on the road against Derek Lowe, 10 weeks after turning 21, suggests the latter. Still, he’s only pitched 121 major league innings, so he’s far from a known quantity.

In other interesting news, Raul Ibanez has been relieved of his place in the starting lineup. After leading the Phillies in most offensive categories in the NLDS, Ibanez has gone 0-for-11 against San Francisco. With Madison Bumgarner, a lefty who relies on power breaking stuff, on the hill, Uncle Cholly has seen fit to remove his aging left fielder and replace him with righthanded-hitting Ben Francisco. The former Cleveland Indian had a .284/.344/.557 slash line against lefties this season and was hit in the head in his only plate appearance thus far this postseason.

Game 2 Lineup: Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Rollins SS, Francisco LF, Ruiz C, Blanton P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Seems to me like this postseason’s narrative has been the performance of various lefthanded pitchers. All due respect to Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum, we’ve been hearing a lot about the continued domiance of Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, and the emergence of Jonathan Sanchez, C.J. Wilson (today’s shellacking notwithstanding), and Bumgarner (God willing, ditto). With that in mind, today’s offering comes form Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. This is a solid, medium-bodied American ale that took home bronze in its category at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. You won’t stop going to bars that won’t stock it, but if you try it, I dare you not to like it.

- PG

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Giants have to be kicking themselves. They should have really cashed in last inning. It’s going to come back to haunt them.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Come on Giants. Eliminate Funky Philly tomorrow!

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    That was some really nice, un-clutch hitting by RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Time for business Werth!!!! JRol you can make up for the error!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Nice hitting by Ryan. What’s the story on the next pitcher, Romo?

    Phils have absolutely no excuse now not to get the tying run home with no outs here. I’m expecting very positive results.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    jeff of nova — you and me brother —– nobody should be gettin on ryan even before that double , but especially not now, whats his avg now in this series ? Utley gets my vote for the jeltz for the series so far i think he has one hit. HERE WE GO TAKE THE LEAD RIGHT NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    AHHHH Bravotard has returned how is your offseason going…..

    Are you excited about your new manager? How is the trailer park going? Have you hooked up with your sister yet?

    Keep us informed we truly do pity your sorry self

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Does anyone notice that other managers pull relief pitchers if they can’t get the first out? Maybe Charlie should take some tips.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    outside

     
  • HELL YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    nice!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    fair balll

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Jayson WERTH!!! You are WERTH it! Sign him up long term now Phils…

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Wow this ump is all over the place with strikes

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Saddam Hussein ain’t much of a pitcher. We hit him hard too.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    BRAVO GO AWAY YOU F##KING RETARD YOUR TEAMS PLAYING GOLF NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS —— YO JEFF OF NOVA YOU AND ME BROTHER !

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    OK Jason!!! Great at bat!!! Now Jimmy has to restrain himself from swinging at crap!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Al

    YEESSSS!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    should have bunted rollins…i agree with Larry Anderson…

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    WERTH!!!!!

    Here we go Mike lets keep it going!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    why not bunt????

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    wow, lazy old man pop up

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Jayson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    this game is bringing out so many emotions

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    ASSHOLE!!! SWINGS AT THE FIRST PITCH!!! ARE THE GIANTS PAYING HIM?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    sorry sam. he couldn’t help himself. horrible AB. all he has to do is pull it and he can’t. he’s swinging for the fences inteas and pops up

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    This guy choked against the Braves, he’s doing it again.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Franny!!! you can be a hero!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    Raul should be up right now

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Francisco…Mr. O and 2.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Not cool that AB by Francisco.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    choccch

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ugh, this is going back to the BP. I am sacred

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    maybe you could have taken that pitch, hm? rusty.,

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    WOW I saw that one coming

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    CHOOCH TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    jeff, everything is good with me. How are you?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    it probably would have been called a strike anyway

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I would have put Raul into the game – why not?

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Chooch needs to jack one out!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Werth relay to the dugout that Posey is setting up on the outside so pretty sure it is not going to be near the plate

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    ugh

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    anyone realize he pitched the same 6 pitches???

     
  • THAT WAS 6 OF THE UGLIEST SWINGS I’VE SEEN……..

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    6 straight sliders for strikes. RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT, maybe?

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    STEEEEEEEERIIIIKE 3 SWINGING!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Glass very half empty right now. how do you fail to bring home the lead run on 2nd with no outs???

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    wow can we all say before that pitch I knew with 100% confidence that Ruiz was going to swing at it

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    OMG …. the catcher was 30ft to the right of him? How could Cooch swing at that?

     
 
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