Quantcast


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
Follow Phillies Nation on Twitter

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

Avatar of Michael Baumann

About Michael Baumann

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

    36 so;s

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Why are these PROFESSIONALS looking like they are about to cry and go sit in the corner! I mean man up show some something…. Show that you care, that you want this!

    I mean instead of throwing your helmet Werth maybe focus on driving through the ball

    Utley instead of sitting there looking like your dreaming of a White Christmas, walk around get some guys fired up!

    Come on We have been die hards and have cheered for you during the good bad and ugly this is beyond that!
    If you are going to lose Lose admirably not like a little boy who lost their first little league game!
    You owe the fans that much.

    I can deal with losing if you show some F*(king effort!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Big Ben! Leadoff man on…MAKE IT HAPPEN NOW!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Wow something Raul could not manage to do

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    lets all thank joe for explaining the ugly finder, as*

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    This ump has been pretty inconsistent with his strike zone

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    can we get a fox track on the 3rd pitch to Ruiz? that was a ball inside.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    He going to throw that cutter inside again

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    yup they have called that a strike 4 out of 6 times tonight

    that was the only one that was not a strike out

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    walk, then bunt

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    yesss

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    so Blanton with a bunt?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Blanton has really not pitched that bad to be honest not sure we want the bullpen this early

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Charlie’s going to let Joe bat?

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    wow, nice job joe

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Now we need a big hit!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Good small ball

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Argh. But Ruiz ges points for taking a chance.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    they should known better Rowand has a gun

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    dam it,

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    jeff on nova well said , most of us have watched every game , we live n die with this team ——–

    WHY DID CHOOCH GO THERE ? NOT WERTH THE CHANCE

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    shane should be at second

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    WHY ISNT SHANE ON 2ND WTF !!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Sh_t!!! We get something going and we don’t hold the guy up on third.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wow! Who knew the Phillies could hit???

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    rowand doesn’t have a gun. he’s got a noodle. he always had a pathetic arm from what I can remember. thats the best throw he ever made

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    What was Shane doing while the play was at home?

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    VICTORINO WOULD HAVE SCORED THERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    wow should be 2-2 with 1 out

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyMike

    Sam – you’re fired. WTF were you thinking. It would be 3-2 now with 1 out. Sam blew it, plain as day!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    how does chooch get thrown out on a bad arm. why isnt shane on second.

    amazing.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    I really cant believe he didnt go to 2nd on that throw home , does anyone have an answer ?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Ryan pretty sure you are wrong there, but either way that was a great throw and an even better play by Posey I really think is the best player on that team

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Hey Ryan, anytime ex Phillies play against the Phillies they seem to excell. Isn’t that the pits? Anyway, this game should be tied by now. We let the Giant’s off the hook.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    what a mess!

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Why didn’t shane go to 2nd on throw?he would of scored on the utley hit…we already knocked their pitcher out yet only got one run..

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Yeah Chooch should have never been sent, he is decent speed for a catcher, but he was on first and did not get a head start on a sharply hit line drive to center

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    phillymike : your absolutely right gotta holdup a catcher running there
    and were winning right now if sam does the LOGICAL thing.
    When Oswalt ran thru his hold sign he scored , wtf is sam doing ?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Come on Polly this is your time to shine

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    polly wants a homer

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    I coulda sworn Rowand was a notoriously weak arm from center. apparently I’m mistaken because that throw was good and posey’s play even better

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEE!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    yess

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Polly will settle for two RBIs!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    WAY TO GO POLLY!!!!!!!!!!

    PHINALLY

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    POLLY JUST GOT SAM AND SHANE OFF THE HOOK !!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    COME ON WORTH

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    OK Phillies!!!! BN Let’s kick the sh_t out of them now!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    OKay lets keep adding no settling

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    PS I KNOW ITS SPELLED WERTH, but since he wants more money its worth

     
 
Leave a Comment

>> Create a new Phillies Nation account.
>> Already registered with Phillies Nation? Log in here.
>> Comment without logging in:






Please ensure your comments comply with our Comment Policy.