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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 jeff

    raul could not make an easier catch at home. our fielders in left are bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob Myers

    So far, three innings and no offense from Phils, and a mediocre start by Joe.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    do these guys WANT to be down 3-1? Are they looking for the ultimate challenge or something like that? I don’t know how to explain it – this is crazy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Ben had better start hitting or we’re no better off than if Raul was in the line-up.

    Come on, Utley, you MFer.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    Lets not go down that road, there not done, they have proved us all wrong all season, 7 1/2 and then injuries, we got this

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    utley is so out of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    How do they come up this small in a must win game? Overconfidence? Really, really unbelievable. A good High School pitcher could beat them right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Kate I would love to disagree but if we do not hit this inning or next we will have nothing…. they have all seen him now no excuses

    But that is this teams MO when they have never seen the pitcher they can’t hit him, if they have not seen him and he is a lefty they certainly cannot hit him

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Absolutely No Heart No nothing there Utley

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    So gang, where did the offense go?

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    Milt thompson is somewhere laughing his ass off

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Can’t beliueve our offense is this horrible it just looks like their no heart utley hasn’t been the same since the hip injury,howard home run power is suddenly gone,and werth is always hit and miss type of guy

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    I hope they realize this is the series . WAKE THE F##K UP PLEASE !
    Top of 4th now , 12 innings without a run now. Do they think theyre just
    gonna win 3 straight with the way theyre hitting ?

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    come on baby

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Stop Talking about Halladay pitching…. He is not pitching tonight

    We need to hit and score runs

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    polanco starts the rally….PLEASE? maybe…come on Ryan, need extra bases here.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Ryan , do what you get paid for and hit a HR right NOW !!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Come Ryan lets do this!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    i will take a walk, have a rightty up

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    So we lose this series like this? Does that mean Gross is gone? I mean who is going to reach these guys

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    clutch howard

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    ok…. big piece drew the walk. 2 on. Werth: EARN THAT $$$$

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    make your money worth

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    wait not till there 2 strikes he will swing

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Okay 2 on good way to role this… Now Werth, I don’t care if you leave next year but if you want to get paid next year get a big hit here and make your stock go up!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    He looks like he is with it and not his normal dazed and confused look

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    damn it werth. can’t you elevate the damn ball. or put it away from the fielder. f*ck

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    we are just not hitting with RISP

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Okay JROLL!!!!!! do it

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    this is disgusting

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    EVERY TIME WE HIT A BALL HARD ITS RIGHT AT SOMEONE WTF !!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    This is where JRol can ignite this stagnant Team

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    OMG there goes the remote

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Really? Ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. This is worse than Colorado in 2007. Feeble, feeble at bats. 14 innings with nothing now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I hate to be so negative, but this team is giving me nothing….this series is over

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    WHY IS JIMMY SWINGING AT BALLS AT HIS ANKLES ? THEN LOOKS AT ONE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE !!!!!

    Know what F##k this i’m too disgusted to watch this anymore.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    We don’t even look like a playoff team it’s almost laughable…just get this series and misery over.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    at least this is Blanton’s last inning. He’ll be lifted for a pinch hitter in 5.

    if I see another Halladay no-hitter commercial, I’m gonna puke. i had a bad feeling that game 1 of the NLDS would end up be high point of the playoffs.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    What the hell was Jimmy looking for? That ball was right over the plate!!! Now we’re going to make another rookie pitcher look like a Cy Young winner. :( Also, anyone see a shot of Utley? He looks really out of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Nevermind JRol go sit back down

    GRRR!!!!!

    I am watching 2 more innings then I will have to watch something else… this is becoming a waste of a good night!

    I never thought I would say that about this team, but they look like they have NO HEART NO NOTHING!!!!!!!

    I mean honestly if this is how it ends this is what you do!

    YOU dump
    Ibanez
    Werth

    and bring in Brown and get a FA that will bring some life to this team!
    Utley and Howard are showing they have no leadership cause they cannot lead by example

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    how the fu** do we have the best record in the league

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    E-A-G-L-E-S…Eagles!

     
  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    This offense is pissing away this series….

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Great play by Utley!!! Now, lift Cheeseburger Joe and get this team fired up.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    4 and 2 , with the qb being WHO

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Phils have about 3.1 innings to figure this out…I can see Bochy bringing in Wilson for a 5 out save.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    last year the phillies would have found a way to win this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    we hit off wilson, i am not scared of him, he has a blown save off us and we should have runs on him in the furst game

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Francisco is “Mr. 0 and 2″

     
 
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