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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 jeff of Nova

    Wow 63 pitches and done

    Vic was slow on getting that ball out of his glove too.

    I am now worried with Contreras

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Blanton shouldn’t of faced huff they should brought in bastardo…come on let contreres…get the out..

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    I’ve been the uber confident one on this board the last few days, but I gotta say I do not like matching up our bullpen against theirs

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Agree with you whole heartedly Ryan

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    If Huff is hitting 2 for 20 against rightys, I understand why they’d leave Blanton in. It happens. But Contreras gotta get Posey here.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    nice pitch,

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    BIG JOSE CONTRERAS!! BIG TRUCK! BIG GAME! BIG K!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Francisco, Ruiz and Pinch Hitter. Make something happen again…more insurance needed!

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    OK!!! Jose got that friggin knat Posey. Now let’s kick some butt.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    lets go phils, gets some runs

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    I hate AT&T Park. That’s a homer in CBP. What a dump SF is.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    10 feet short

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    are you kidding me domonic brown? swinging first pitch? this is the argument for NOT putting him on the postseason roster…

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    12 outs to go…please Durbin pitch well.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Domenic Brown’s still a rookie. Someone in the dugout should have told him to at least take a pitch to settle in.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    We need to keep scoring I don’t expect the giant go ddown wihout a fight…

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    has durbin even appeared in the series yet?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    I’m not sure how we can piece together four innings here. durbin has to pitch two innings. I do not wanna see Romero out there. he’s been terrible since that suspension and various injuries.

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyMike

    You’re D Brown, you’re batting .210, with 2HR – and you swing at the first pitch? He’s going to need a talkin’ too by GG…again.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    dont walk burrell with cody ross coming up…c’mon Durbin

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    SH*T. Damn Durbin. C’mon now.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    strike out come on

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyMike

    No excuse for a lead-off walk. Let’s go Phils – DP!

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    this is bad

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    you got me flipping kidding me

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Durbin is a piece of Sh*t. It’s time to pull him the hell out of there.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    durbin you s u c k…

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Can we stop pitching to this MFER

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    WTF!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    he had 2 strikes on ross and didnt deliver. he’s a sh*thead.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    why do we even pitch to cody ross?? how did burrell slow ass get to third

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    ur up 4 to 2 and you have the all the energy, my god

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    wow. foul by a centimeter

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    even on foul balls they are killing Durbin’s pitching…he has NOTHING. let him walk in the offseason. Money wasted.

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Someone want to tell Chuckles to avoid Ross?

    Leadoff walks are killers.

    We’re in real trouble.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    so with no force outs it available no outs it is pretty solid assumption that we will either be tied or losing

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    We need another pitcher!!! Durbin didn’t do his job. Any other manager would lift him. PS I’ve never seen Burrell run so fast in all his life.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Nide durbin you pos we got the lead and the bullpen choking.

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    come on chad

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    So Charlie can we toss Durbin after this at bat

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Why Is Durbin still in?

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    series is over

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    He is going to rip the crap out of the ball if you don’t stop throwing it down the plate

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    i can;t take this

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Please pull AS*HOLE DURBIN out of the game now. 3 batters, No outs. Piece of C-R-A-P.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Wow, you know what? We DESERVED those two runs, because it is a NO-BRAINER to take Durbin out before facing a power hitting left hander when Durbin..you know…is not that good really..

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    bad managing by charlie. should not have PH for contreas

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Charlie’s inaction is giving this game away.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    BULLPEN SUX

    THIS IS WHY I WANTED TO KEEP BLANTON IN!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    why is HE STILL IN THE GAME???

     
 
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