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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 Geoff

    what is he doing?

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    raul is like 0-20 you moron

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    They didn’t want to pitch Halladay on short rest, but they will throw Oswalt on 2 day rest. How does this make any sense.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Like your thinking Mike

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    come on guys…just get one run…one run

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    snake bit Phillies ..even when gload gets a hit …. he doesnt

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    out by a centimeter…no breaks there.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    its look like we just arent getting them lil breaks like we have in the past…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    they really need to come up with a computer system that does the umpiring because people obviously suck at it

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    He will only pitch an inning or 2 that is what he normally does on off days

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Gload looks like crap – why not try Sweeney – who knows

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Can someone give Wilson the Italian curse?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    oswalt would be throwing his regular bullpen i guess if he gets in for an inning…

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    why is vic surprised, its been all nite

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    WE NEED A RUN!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    said the same thing Ac at same time…we just arent getting the breaks

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Come Vic that was right down the plate

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    wtf, Shane?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Brooks – why not try Ibanez there?

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    HEY UTLEY< YOUR MAN HOOD IS ON THE LINE

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    wow vintage Victorino swing from 4 years ago

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Brooks,

    Sweeney is right handed. So is Wilson. And Ibanez has 2 hits in 20+ AB’s this post season. Hope that answers your question.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Too agressive biz was right , how come they didnt work him there.
    This is Utleys chance to make it all up

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Chase has had a very forgettable series. Need something big here

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    looking at strikes, awesome

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Utley that was a nice pitch

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    What a weak effort!!!

     
  • I DONT KNOW ABOUT THIS GUYS……OSWALT?

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    this had better not be for more than an inning….i guess it was his throwing day…?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Okay looks like it will be Oswalt

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Oswalt is pitching the 9th…

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Terri yes you are right but this is desperation time…oswalt was the only guy that shut them down right now…its desperation…panic time…

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Chase…………

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    ok…just get through the 9th and we’ll have Howard and Werth up…

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    lets see we open the game with horrible call of a NOn balk that was balk…. and now we edn it with a bad call at 1st with a safe call that was ruled out

    its over

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    is this a panic move. Does KK look that bad?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    We need to get through this inning, cause our best leadoff hitter is up next inning Polly and Howard our other best Lead off hitter:)

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Can anyone give me the odds of the Phillies winning this game? I think we need to get back to Werth to drive in a run.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Why can’t we figure out wilson?the braves were knocking him around…roy o pitching here we go.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    man this is nerve wracking…oswalt in relief…

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    biz, I have so much more confidence in Raul than anyone else. Sooner or later Raul is going to break it open.

    Anyone else not comfortable with Oswalt pitching now?

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    and 50/50, in the season they were pretty good, in the extra innings

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    well at least he learned not to put lidge in when we are not ahead..finally

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Oswalt, huh.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    What happened to Lidge?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    i like the move. go for the gusto. he’d be throwing a bullpen today anyway as others have said

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    this feels like a game 7 kinda huh

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    ryan h that was funny “people suck at it ”
    Sam i’m 3/4 italian , its called the milouque (spell check) but i’ll try and put it on theyre whole team

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    It’s a toss day for Oswalt. He could go 2 innings maybe more. This game is a must win.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    wow…werth makes it look scary…nice catch, but my heart rate just jumped.

     
 
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