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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 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

    madison, no

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    all sliders outside. do these guys just not swing.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    BravoMan…get the hell out of here, and take that damn Brooks Conrad with you. LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    hey JAYAKA how is that good feeling ??? dude its over

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    gotta get werth home with him on second and nobody out. after j roll’s pathetic ab he shoulda atleast tried to steal 3rd like tim mccarver was saying

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Who is coming in? Who do we have aside from Lidge and kendrick?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    I mean that is good baseball tip the dugout from 2nd what obvious stuff Posey was doing!

    I mean that is taught in little league, Posey was being overly obvious with it

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    CAUTION ….PHILLIES PLAYOFFS MAY CAUSE ACID REFLUX!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    good teams win close games

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    gotta keep it tied…then we don’t have to see Brian Wilson next inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    I want more Madson

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    we still got jc romero available

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    JAYSON STARK reported in 7th inning after Sandoval hit that double with burrell on 3rd and Ross on 2nd that the are hitting RISP…

    ready for this ?….. ….457 every other time they are hitting 181

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Nice K by Madson. You think SF would bring Wilson into a tied game at home in the 9th?

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    Ruiz and Jimmy pop up at bats were horrible

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Madson is in a groove!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    I am getting nervous… only because if we get a run next inning….I am worried for Lidge

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Some bad calls in this game…is there enough magic left for us..is the 1 question…if we have any left in the bag we need it…

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    It’s game on now!

    Two plays at the plate- Ruiz tagged out, Vic’s throw a little late- that’s baseball.

    Maybe should have brought Raul in for Ben to face the righty, easy to second guess.

    Anyway- looks like we could be here a while

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    DP time

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    AC in NJ… i diont think it matters… its over… these Phillies are snake bit … walking bums like Burrell 4 times in 4 games …. BALKS that are not called …..

    Roward who up to yesterday had NOT had an extrea bas ehit since OCT 2007…3 years ago

    its over

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    damn it, I can’t believe Madson didn’t use the fastball. 2 strikes on the guy…this has been the story of these games – HOW MANY 2 STRIKE HITS DO THE GIANTS HAVE? I bet it’s a majority.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Charlie never plays small ball , the best managers in business or in sports are flexible not hard headed. The teams been strugling , jasons on 2nd with no outs you have jimmy bunt him over ! Pass ball or fly ball gives you the lead. If I was in the dugout madson comes in instead of durbin and were winning right now. This is one of Charlies worse managed games. Look how good madson looks , he hasnt been pitching his arm is fine. F##king Durbin are you kidding me ? I’ve never seen us bunt with a man on 2nd and no outs but you have to think out of the box this time of year. Do you guys believe this is tied ? It feels like were losing 5-0 the way weve been talking on here. Including me

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    ruiz guns him down…yeah

     
  • CHOOOOOCHHHHHHHHH

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    wow…what a throw out by Ruiz! CHOOCH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Whew! Nice job Chooch.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    nicee
    coooochhhh

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    CHOOCH IS THE MAN —- REALIZE HOW BIG THAT WAS ????????????????

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Way to go CHOOOCHH

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    OK … it’s about time we put the fire out. Madson keep firing away.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    NEVER SAY DIE< COME ON FIGHTINS

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Chuck should leave Madson in.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Mike you have hit the nail on the head

     
  • ANDREW BABY THAT THROW WAS FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    Bring on black beard, he needs some humbling

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Mike i agree…or they could of just kept Contreras in then bought in Madson….

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Alright. Let’s GET WILSON NOW and show the giants who’s really snake bit…GO PHILS!

    Rally towels out.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Brian Wilson looks like one of those bank robbers in disguise.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Masdon was great!! Now we need to take the lead and hopefully Lidge isn’t afraid to throw sliders and fastballs.

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    miked63

    excellent post

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    this is playoff baseball!!!! to quote manager Lou Phelps from the movie major league ; ” I love this sh!t”

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I just read Roy Oswalt is warming up.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Okay I am starting to feel it…. This team is starting to Phight!! We are starting to show some heart!!!

    Keep Phighting boys!!! We’ve got your back…. just no bonehead mistakes!!

    Lets Rally it up!

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Wilson’s wild. We have got to take advantage of that.

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Gload so pisses me off anymore… why not use Raul or Sweeney?

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    wondering why gloss is up, he has done crap against wilson

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Gload goes yard / shades of matt stairs / oswalts up

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Come on Gload!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    ROY???????

     
 
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