2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (81-80) vs Nationals (97-64)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 03, 2012 12:06 PM Comments: 29

Philadelphia Phillies (81-80) at Washington Nationals (97-64)

Cliff Lee vs Edwin Jackson

Time: 1:05 PM, Nationals Park
Weather: Overcast, 78
Media: Twitter and Facebook

And then there was one. It’s the final game of the regular season, and I’d like to take this space to thank everyone for once again making Phillies Nation the best website for baseball on the planet. Every day thousands and thousands of you come out to cheer, laugh, cry, and chat about your Phillies. We appreciate every one of you.

Cliff Lee will have the honors of trying to give the Phillies their 11th consecutive winning season. Think about that. This is the worst season the Phillies will have had since 2002, but it still could be a winning year.

All around baseball, it’s the final night of the regular season – maybe. So it should be a lot of fun. Remember last year? It looks like we’re headed down that road again. The Rangers and A’s are fighting for the AL West. Miguel Cabrera might win the Triple Crown tonight. The AL East is up for grabs. So much happening.

But don’t forget to stick with the Phillies for one last day. Spring Training is always just around the corner.

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Stoudt’s Oktoberfest

Why not finish off the regular season with another Oktoberfest beer. Had this one by Stoudts over the weekend and it’s smooth and easy to drink. It doesn’t overpower you like some of the other spicier October brews. It’s got a medium amber color and is pleasing to the palette. Enjoy it with some sausage and peppers and settle in for Game 162. – Pat Gallen



Gameday: Phillies (81-79) at Nationals (96-64)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, October 02, 2012 06:46 PM Comments: 21

Philadelphia Phillies (81-79) at Washington Nationals (96-64)

BJ Rosenberg (1-2, 6.86) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 2.90)

Time: 7:05 PM, Nationals Park
Weather: Rain, 68
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East in an interesting fashion.  The Phillies did all they could by beating the Nationals, but the Braves lost, giving the Nationals the division.  With last night’s win, the Phillies are guaranteed a .500 record, but it would be nice to win the next 2 games and finish over the .500 mark.

Tonight is going to be a bullpen game, as the Phillies will start B.J Rosenberg.  Expect to see a lot of minor league call-ups, on both sides.

It’s basically a meaningless game, but there is only two games left for the Phillies.  Enjoy Phillies October baseball while you can take it.

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest
Not only is it now October, but today, as it happens, is the 34th anniversary of the Bucky Dent home run. So in honor of a time when we felt bad for Red Sox fans, let’s throw back a seasonal Sam Adams offering. A couple interesting notes about that game: Dent only hit 40 regular-season home runs in his 12-year career, including the three-run jack off Mike Torrez in that one-game playoff. Torrez, for his part, is most famous for 1) giving up Dent’s homer, and 2) beaning Dickie Thon in 1984. However, he was the first of only four starting pitchers in the division play era to be traded and win a World Series game in the same season. The last two men to do it? Joe Blanton in 2008 and Cliff Lee in 2009. -by Michael



Gameday: Phillies (80-79) vs. Nationals (96-63)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, October 01, 2012 06:17 PM Comments: 13

Philadelphia Phillies (80-79) at Washington Nationals (96-63)

Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08) vs. John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)

Time: 7:05 PM, Nationals Park
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 68
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Believe it or not, this is a big series for the Nationals.  The Nationals are just one win (or a Braves loss) away from clinching the National League East. If the Phillies magically sweep the Nationals, and the Braves sweep the Pirates, the whole playoff outlook might look different.  The Nationals would have to face the red hot Cardinals for a one-game playoff.  The Cards just took two out of three from the Nats last weekend.

Chances are, the Nationals clinch, but the Phillies will do their best to play spoiler. Not only are the Phillies hoping to spoil the Nationals’ chances of clinching, but they hope to finish the season above .500.

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Pabst Blue Ribbon

It just feels like a Pabst day. Don’t mistake it for a high-quality beer, but for a cheap case you can’t beat it. On their Wikipedia page it says, “Whether the brand actually won an award in 1893 is unclear.” My guess is, it didn’t. But enjoy it anyway, ice cold! – By Pat



Gameday: Phillies (79-79) vs. Marlins (67-91)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 30, 2012 12:18 PM Comments: 12

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins

Time: 1:10 PM, Marlins Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Just four games remain for the Phillies this year and they need this one if they want to make the push for a .500 season.

Funny how quickly things change. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating a playoff berth, then a World Series title, then another trip to the Fall Classic. The Phillies have fallen on hard times, but it’s no time to abandon ship. Just remember you’ll be pining for baseball in about a month, so soak it all in now while you still can.

It will also be the final time you’ll see Cole Hamels on a mound until 2013. It’s a joy watching him pitch and I think I speak for many when I say it’ll be nice having him around for the long haul.

After last night’s long one in Miami, I’m sure the players will be swinging early and often, so watch for Hamels to go deep.

Your Gameday BeerGreat Lakes Oktoberfest

The tasty beverage is from Ohio but is available around the northeast and midwest, winning several brewing awards in the past ten years. The beer brings it at 6.5%, but is so tasty that you wont recognize the alcoholic content. Enjoy.- Pat Gallen



Gameday: Phillies (78-79) vs. Marlins (67-90)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, September 29, 2012 06:15 PM Comments: 91

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins

Time: 7:10 PM, Marlins Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Ryan Howard is officially out for the remainder of the regular season due to a broken toe he suffered when he dropped a lead pipe on it in the on-deck circle; the one he swings as he prepares for an at bat. That adds more injury to injury and insult, a terrible way to end a season for a guy who struggled to get it going after being sidelined several months following achillies tendon surgery.

The broken toe will not affect his offseason workouts as he prepares to come back and be the Big Piece of old in 2013. The Phillies will need that as he’ll be in just the second year of a contract paying him $25 million.

As for tonight’s matchup, Roy Halladay makes his final start of the season against Ricky Nolasco.

Darin Ruf makes his first ever start at first base.

Your Gameday BeerWeyebacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

You wanna get popped? Weyerbacher Pumkin Ale will getcha. It’s 8.0% ABV, but pours a beautiful reddish-orange color, so it’s a deceiving redhead. Lovely, but will punch your face. It’s another pumpkin beer with a heavy allspice presence, which is a bit too much for my liking. However, it’s one of the best . – Pat Gallen



Gameday: Nationals (93-61) vs. Phillies (78-76)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 26, 2012 06:05 PM Comments: 29

Washington Nationals (93-61) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (78-76)

John Lannan (3-0, 4.43) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 60
Media: Twitter and Facebook

We’re down to just eight games left in the season, and only two on the home schedule. If you haven’t been to a game yet, now is the time. Just a wear a jacket, it’s getting chilly.

It’s another lefty on the mound for the Nationals, John Lannan. You know him well. He’s plunked a Phillie or two over the years and has turned into the replacement for a shelved-Stephen Strasburg.

For the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick gets the ball and looks to finish the season off strong. It’s been a positive second half for Kendrick and with a couple of good starts to end 2012, he could play himself into a full-time role in the rotation.

The Nationals magic number remains at five to win the East. Also, Roy Halladay is slated to start on Saturday after having a positive bullpen session. It will his final start of 2012.

Your Gameday BeerPost Road Pumpkin Ale

This pumkin ale is more my speed. It doesn’t have that strong hit of allspice and nutmeg that sends my chest into freakout mode. It’s much more subdued. Post Road, made by Brooklyn Brewery, is called a beginners pumpkin beer by the smart-asses on Beer Advocate. Well, consider me beginning to drink one.  – Pat Gallen



Gameday: Nationals (93-60) vs. Phillies (77-76)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 25, 2012 06:22 PM Comments: 14

Washington Nationals (93-60) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (77-76)

Ross Detwiler (10-6, 3.10) vs. Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.05) 

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 65
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Just nine games remain for the Phillies before they head home for what will surely be a long winter. They’ll finish out their home schedule with three games against the Washington Nationals, who can clinch a division title this week. Their magic number is five.

As for the Phillies, Roy Halladay will likely make a start on Saturday, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee. Doc will throw a bullpen session tomorrow and if it goes off without a hitch, he’ll make that final start of the season. Whether or not that’s the way to go is for another time.

Still no word yet on if or when Chase Utley will get a start at third base. Everyone seems pretty serious about this happening, so keep an eye out for it. Charlie Manuel said it’s completely up to him on whether or not he feels comfortable enough to take the hot corner, something he hasn’t done since his days in the minor leagues.

Your Gameday BeerDogfish Head Punkin’ Ale

Cant say it’s my favorite pumpkin beer in the world, but you could do worse. Beer Advocate rates it an 88, which is quite high. It’s a little too spicy for my liking, but many friends of mine swear by it. Truly, it gives me heartburn and I can’t drink more than one. But if pumpkin and spice are your thing, this is for you. – Pat Gallen



Gameday: Braves (87-65) at Phillies (77-75)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 23, 2012 12:35 PM Comments: 5

Atlanta Braves (87-65) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (77-75)

Tim Hudson (15-6, 3.77) vs. Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27)

Time: 4:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Clear, 70

Media: Twitter and Facebook

Saturday was not pretty for the Phillies. They must rebound today and try to take the final game of the series.

Cliff Lee has been terrific lately. He’s 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last 7 starts. He will be opposed by Tim Hudson, who is 9-9 with a 3.92 ERA in his career against Philadelphia.

Your Gameday BeerHoegaarden

I’ve always like Hoegaarden, which can be enjoyed in small sips with good food. It flows smooth and tastes like citrus. Have some barbecue chicken with it. – By Tim



Gameday: Braves (86-64) at Phillies (76-74)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, September 21, 2012 06:47 PM Comments: 22

Atlanta Braves (86-64) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (76-74)

Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33) vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Clear, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The offense exploded last night!  Hopefully the Phillies saved some runs for tonight.  The sweeping of the New York Mets was huge, and the Phillies need to carry that momentum into this critical series with the Braves.  This series will most likely determine the Phillies’ fate of the remainder of the season.

Kyle Kendrick is seeking his 10th win of the season.  He ended his hot streak with a poor start against the Houston Astros.  Hopefully it was just a bump in the road and Kendrick can continue his career success against Atlanta.  Kendrick lasted only 3.1 innings in his last start against the Braves, but overall he is 6-1 with a 2.87 career ERA against Atlanta.


Your gameday beer: Amstel Light

Amstel never really let’s me down, which is why I’m pairing this beer with a Phillies win tonight. I’m hoping not to be let down by either this evening. And, Amstel isn’t too heavy, so on a warm evening it’s rather refreshing. -By Pat

Go Phillies!


Gameday: Phillies (74-74) vs. Mets (66-82)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, September 20, 2012 06:26 PM Comments: 33

Philadelphia Phillies (75-74) at New York Mets (66-82)

Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95) vs. Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 4.99)

Time: 7:10 p.m, Citi Field
Weather: Overcast, 67
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Last night’s dramatic come-from-behind victory symbolized the 2012 Phillies season: just when you think they’re dead, they come alive, and prove that there’s still in the race.  The Phillies remain four games out, but there’s still plenty of baseball to be played.

Tonight, the Phillies will make up Tuesday’s game, which was postponed due to rain.  They’ll also go for the sweep.

Rookie Tyler Cloyd is immediately in a tough position.  Cloyd, who lacks major league experience, is pitching in games that are extremely meaningful and could determine whether the Phillies inch closer to the postseason or not.  Cloyd pitched decently in his outing against Houston, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it together.

Brew Free! or Die IPAYour Gameday Beer – Brew Free! or Die IPA

This libertarian beer is brewed by the 21st Amendment Brewery just down the street from AT&T Park in San Francisco and recently became available here in the Northeast. Not surprisingly, this IPA is aggressive on the hops and bitterness. If you drink it cold however, it can be a very enjoyable experience. Pair its strong flavors with some not-too-spicy chicken tikka. – By Brian


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