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Gameday: Phillies (91-48) vs. Brewers (85-59)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, September 08, 2011 05:56 PM | Comments: 81
2011 Gameday, News, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (91-48) at Milwaukee Brewers (85-59)

Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) vs. Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26)

Time: 8:10 pm, Miller Park
TV: CSN, ESPN
Weather: Clear, 66
Media: Twitter and Facebook

This is a test. The Phillies disposed of the Braves and made them look like a team that should be 10.5 games out in the division, but this is a new test. The Phillies now get a chance to make their mark against the closest competition currently in the NL.

It’s the beginning of what should be a highly entertaining and competitive series between the leaders of the NL East and the NL Central. Who better to help kick it off than Cole Hamels. In eight career starts against the Brewers, Hamels is 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA. Behind him will be a makeshift offense, as Chase Utley is still in Philly, and Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez get the night off against the lefty Chris Narveson.

Narveson is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA against the Phils in his brief major league career, but with a playoff-like atmosphere expected at Miller Park, how will he handle it this time around? We know Hamels can hold his own, he has thrived in games like this. But Narveson is an unknown. He’s had a decent season with Milwaukee, but its games like this that make the man.

If Milwaukee wants a shot at home field throughout – they currently sit 8.5 games behind the Phillies – a sweep is almost a necessity. If they can take advantage of the lineup the Phils are trotting out there, it could make for an interesting series. The Brew Crew has the best record at home in all of baseball (50-19), while the Phils sport the best away record in MLB (42-26).

A bit of good news, Jimmy Rollins is back. He will not be in the starting lineup, but should be available for pinch hit duties. It’s obvious the Phillies want to take it slow and use precaution when dealing with their shortstop and spark plug.

Lineup: Victorino CF, Valdez SS, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Mayberry 1B, Ruiz C, Francisco LF, Martinez SS, Hamels SP

Your Gameday Beer: Miller High Life

I know, I know, Miller High Life is far from the fancy brews that generally grace the gameday beer slot. However, being in Milwaukee, it’s a given that this end up here. If you’re short on change and want a good fix/buzz, you could do worse than MHF. If anything, it’ll harken you back to the days of frat parties and drunken beach trips. -By Pat

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Pat is Editor-in-Chief of Phillies Nation. He also covers the Phils for 97.5 FM in Philly.

 
 
  • Posts: 36 jkaydee

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    C’mon now Pat, there’s just no disgracing the bonafied Champagne of beers, is there? As I told a Dominican friend as I lifted a sixer off the bodega shelf in nyc this weekend, MHL is chock full of memories I can’t quite recall. Btw, your lineup contradicts the article! Howard and Ibáñez are off, right?

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Thanks for looking out. I’m not sure how I butchered the lineup. Only had 8 players in there!

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Need to win 2 of these 4 and then just relax.
    Selectively play everyone from then on out.

    Resting Utley and Howard alot. Let the starters pick when they want to start and what will best make them ready for the playoffs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    Pile on the Righties!

    Also of note–tonight’s game is on CSN and MLBN, not ESPN.

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    Greetings AFW…..Long time no see…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Hey Jay!

    you bandwagon jumper you :)

    I have a fantasy football draft at 7 and a speach by the annointed one and NFL and the phillies tonight!

    And it appears it will never stop raining here

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    I came over to check in because i have been hearing through the grape vine you have been bashing my boy Ryan Howard…..Say it ain’t so…….

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Grapevine?
    Hes doing better and giving more effort to me and playing the game better.

    I like to think he reads here and I got him into shape

    Regardless I am off his back through the conclusion of the playoffs.
    We shall see what he does.

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    That’s cool Andrew……How have things been here?I only left because of the lagging issues that the site was having when they made the change….How is everyone?

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Jaybird! HELLL YEAH!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    JAY is back!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Its good I just try to have fun which pisses off the people alot

    But right now focusing on playoffs and being positive. While always realistic.

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    Hey Pat…i stop in every now and then…miss my old crew :)

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Good, keep coming back Jay.

     
  • Posts: 5222 Lefty

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    Hey there Jay! I won’t be here for the game but saw you posted, good to see you!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    I have Brees and Jennings going tonight so ill be checking in on the national boring league game too.
    I just wish it wouls stop raining

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    We are throwing our b-squad out vs brew-crew tonight…..Need cole to shut these boys down!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Copout beer choice. Boo….

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Just for you Jeff, tomorrow night it will be High Life Light!

       
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    A line up like this is almost telling the brew crew we feel we can beat them with the b squad. The starters especially HOward and Chase are going to have a lot of rest Howard needs to rest his feet. Hope MJM can light it up tonight

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    Nice job by cole that inning!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    oh well, there goes the no-hitter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Howard is hurting and needs off time.
    Its a lefty I like the line up alot.

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    Sweet DP!!!

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    Cole is dealing!!!!

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Cole is dealing tongiht, be nice to see some Phillies hits get some guys on and put some pressure on this guy. He looks pretty hittable to me. Lets go wislon

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Touchdown Greg Jennings.
    Nice

    Narveson is pretty pedestrian.
    I expect some runs shortly

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    I forgot Hamels is pitching.
    =
    No runs for the phils.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    This is the kind of pitcher that makes it frustrating to watch the Phillies offense, wait is this Lehigh Valley. lol.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Cole has to not try to be perfect and pitch his game now that was a nice pitch now get the fat boy out please

     
  • Posts: 41 Johnny Callison

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    I like Cole’s composure, in line with his rotation mates. Big improvement over previous 2 seasons. Stone Cole Hamels.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    drop drop drop YES!!!!

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    A HIT!!!!

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    now there was a shot for the first hit I would like to see a steal here

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    wow a hit!

     
  • Posts: 41 Johnny Callison

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    I’m thinking the Phils’ Ben Francisco era may be nearing an end.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Aw crap

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    I thnk the ben fran era ended sometime in may

     
    • Posts: 41 Johnny Callison

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      Just politely being dry. I really want him released, like now.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Finaly hitting this skell

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    NICE WILLIE!!

     
  • Posts: 41 Johnny Callison

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    Love that guy.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    OH BABY!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Wow what a horrendous job by their CF, I’ll take it!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    JMJ huslin gets another run. Gotta luv the phils winnin with the JV Squad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Mayberry adds so much to this team.

    That was a gift run

     
  • Posts: 41 Johnny Callison

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    Hey, I’ll take it.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    hit parade!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Narveson throwin BP now, what is the skipper waitin for?

     
  • Posts: 41 Johnny Callison

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    Chooch, my man. Definitely.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    ok, let’s save some runs for the weekend!

     
  • Posts: 41 Johnny Callison

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    Morgan is the man for them when they’re down five?

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    B-SQUAD TAKING IT TO THEM TONIGHT!!!

     
 
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