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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 of Nova

    Come Utley be a Champion not a Chump stop pouting!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Utley is almost as big a piece of sh*t as Durbin. He’s done absolutely nothing for us. Remember how all the writers were saying “oh he’ll be so well rested this year…after his 2 month layoff”. BS.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Did Utley just swing at the first pitch?

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    can we send utley down, or is it to late???

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    While the idiots on board focus on Howard’s salary, Chase Utley continues to be the most overrated player in the universe. Good thing we have Howards contract to distract us.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    F##KING Utley has come up real small in this series. Hope Polly does something cause Howard cannot hit this guy , if Howard doesnt strikeout it will be a miracle

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    man this Umps strike zone is all over the place for both teams

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    MY GOD

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    wahahahaha, haha. what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Oh shit! We are bad!!!Really bad!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Wow…what a rally killer that time. I don’t think the Phils have turned a double play since the series went to SF…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    saying chase utley is overrated makes you just as big a moron as saying that ryan howard is overrated. both statements; equally retarded

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    wow there it is 6 more outs and we can almost start packing it in

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    utley, rollins, and raul ALL look old…

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Ryan Howard’s contract…….

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    this is not a team that wants to win

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    This game is over. I love you utley but take your head out of your a s s.

     
  • BIZ-I AM WITH YOU,CHASE AS DONE NOTHING AT ALL,BUT LOOK VERY VERY OLD……..

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Ryan H,

    Chase Utley is a .270 hitter with 20 HR power. Nothing more.

    You’re living in the past. You are one of the people who help make him “the most overrated player in the universe”.

    That’s ok, though. I’ll distract you….

    RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT!

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    hEY BIZ ….no on’s an idiot on here. They just want their big guys to produce. Isn’t that what they get paid for? Can’t blame us for wanting our guys to come through … Utley included.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Can we all say doc should of started. then oswalt, hamels. they can pitch on short rest. then doc for game seven. amazing.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    I mean we can criticize this group for not hitting all we want but we have been watching this crap all year over and over again, so as I am not shocked just pissed off that they picked this time to look like a bad little league team.

    The thing that I am really annoyed with is the Coaching decisions tonight!

    Charlie, I have always liked him, but he has failed miserably tonight with that Durbin inning.

    Sam blew the Chooch running home.

    Gross has not been able to get this team rolling, I know they are pros but he was brought in to be the difference, I really think they started hitting when he came cause it was about time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Al

    Someone will come up big next inning. I can feel it.

     
  • SAM-YOU WOULD HAVE TO COME HERE MORE OFTEN TO UNDERSTAND BIZ’S FRUSTRATION…………

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Giants want it more. I think the immortal Utley has one hit in this series.
    Am I the only one that thinks Durbin throws meatballs ? His fastball does nothing. Why not Kendrick , anybody , its all hands on deck.
    My level of disgust couldnt be any higher.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    giants vs. rangers. wow.

    mlb will be so happy.

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Jeff,

    Utley’s the best ever. If we lose this series you can just blame it on RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    I’m frustated too!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    great, bastardo. not the guy i really want to see. but at least it’s one down.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Durbin doesn’t throw meatballs… they at least taste good.

    He is a slow pitch soft ball pitcher

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    biz get off of it already. howard is the most overrated player. the guy cant hit lefties. playing him on the darn shift. learn how to hit it to left. yea he has singles. big deal. he is our power guy. josh hamilton is what howard should be..clutch….

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Durbin was pitching like RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT.

    So was Blanton.

    Utley was seen at breakfast this morning with Ryan’s contract as well. It’s adding up.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    AL — bless your heart —– from your keyboard to gods ears

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    lol jeff.

    No, Utley is the most overrated player. There’s 1 player on this team hitting .300 in the post season, he also signed RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT. Wanna guess who it is?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    two strikes, bastardo don’t deliver. what a waste.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Even the announcers are surprised that Charlie left Durbin in. Posey and Ross are killing us.

     
  • WHY DID CHARLIE LET BASTARDO PITCH TO BUSTER????????????????

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Why is Manuel coming out now? I’m guessing they couldn’t wake him up while Durbin was hacking it up…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    man. chooch getting thrown out at home really really hurts to think about right now. almost as much as that strike 3 that wasn’t on pat the bat in game 1 and Raul not catching that ball he hit the next pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Hey, at least Bastardo got an out – better than Drubbin

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    I agree with Jeff on his comment “Josh Hamilton is clutch”. If it’s Rangers-Giants, it’s a 4 game AL Sweep. Of course, I’ll be part of the 98% of the US population not watching that WS. I’m sure MLB is thrilled about that matchup.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Hey Charlie,

    Go Fishing please let someone else coach this team…. you are failing miserably how do you expect to motivate these guys to come back and win the series.

    Maybe we bring in Sandberg for a coaching position maybe a 3rd base coach? How about a hitting coach? Pretty sure Ryne was good at that

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    Josh Hamilton isn’t a pimple on Ryan Howard’s ass. Let me know when Josh Hamilton starts bashing 45 homers and 140 rbi’s year in and year out

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    geez, are they gonna walk burrell again?

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Ryan H – Think of it this way, the Giants also choked by not scoring that man on 2nd (Panda) with nobody out. Things even out over a 9 inning game like that.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Hope the phillies are taking lessons from Posey on how to hit.
    I’m gonna bring up durbin AGAIN , Charlie really blew it. Once you get the lead why cant Madson pitch a couple innings ? You CANT go down
    3-1 . You dont have to worry about needing Madson tomorrow especially with DOC pitching who will give you his absolute best and probably go 9 innnings. Why wouldnt you pitch your BEST arms in this situation this is basically an elimination game. Durbin should only come in with a BIG lead not a 1 run game. I was screeming at the TV when he brought Durbin in.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Yeah
    this is just sad.

    First time in 3 years I will not watch the WS!

    I will be that 98%

    This is sad sad sad sad sad sad

    This team is not better at all, just playing with the heart that we had back in 08′ We lost that heart the last couple of years

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I feel bad for Hallady. He is getting screwed, by his teammates.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    this ump is a piece of sh*t. how does he not call that pitch a strike to burrell, when he calls it on Victorino and Rollins earlier???

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    ball 4 to burrell. right down the middle for ball 4 naturally

     
 
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