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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (74-74) at Mets (66-81)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, September 19, 2012 06:40 PM Comments: 65

Philadelphia Phillies (74-74) at New York Mets (66-81)

Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06) vs. Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92)

Time: 7:10 p.m, Citi Field
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 66
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are 4 games out of the Wild Card with 14 to play. The Phillies can only control their own destiny, as they’re back at the .500 mark.

Cole Hamels is 4-0 in his last seven starts, and has not been tacked with a loss since August 2.  Hamels has struggled against the Mets throughout his career, going 5-10 with a 4.39 ERA.

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Gameday: Phillies (73-73) at Astros (47-99)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 16, 2012 01:35 PM Comments: 55

Philadelphia Phillies (73-73) at Houston Astros (47-99)

Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01) vs. Jordan Lyles (4-11, 5.33)

Time: 2:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather:
TV: MY PHL 17
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies can’t afford to lose this one.  This series has been fairly disappointing for the Phillies, as they had a chance to gain ground in the Wild Card.  Luckily, the Cardinals lost yesterday so the Phillies remain three games out of the Wild Card.  The Astros have a history of beating up on the Phillies during a crucial part of the season, and they’ve done so thus far.  The Phillies need to give the Astros their 100th loss, and split the series.

The Phillies will be facing another pitcher with a terrible season ERA (Jordan Lyles), however that seems to be who they struggle against the most.

Your gameday beer: Today, grab a RedHook Blonde Ale. It’s citrusy but not too much, and it goes down pretty smooth. To eat, have some pasta tossed in olive oil and mushrooms, topped by formaggio. — By Tim

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Gameday: Phillies (73-72) at Astros (46-99)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, September 15, 2012 06:44 PM Comments: 44

Philadelphia Phillies (73-72) at Houston Astros (46-99)

Kyle Kendrick (9-10, 3.83) vs. Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.35)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather: Chance of Storms (Retractable Roof), 82
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card.  The Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers won last night, meaning the Phillies gained a little ground.  The Phillies will try to give the Astros their 100th loss of the season tonight.

What else can we say about Kyle Kendrick?  He had a rough start to the year, but has been fantastic lately.  He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.  In his last six starts, he is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA.

While Kendrick is riding a hot streak, his counterpart is in the midst of a slump.  Dallas Keuchel won his Major League debut in June, but is 0-7 with a 6.35 ERA since.  He has a 1.54 WHIP and allows 9.7 hits per nine innings.  The Phillies were able to drive runners home last night with their offensive outburst, and they need to do the same tonight as the opposing pitcher gives up a lot of baserunners.

Two Jokers Double-WitYour Gameday Beer – Two Jokers Double-Wit
Two Jokers, from Missouri, is an excellent witbier brewed in the classic European style. The flavor embodies those tip-of-the-tongue spices like cloves, pepper, and coriander but is tempered by citrus accents. It’s a little creamier than a traditional wit, but its light body makes for easy drinking. I recommend it with a big salad topped with spicy salmon. – By Brian

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Gameday: Phillies (72-72) at Astros (46-98)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, September 14, 2012 07:55 PM Comments: 63

Philadelphia Phillies (72-72) at Houston Astros (46-98)

Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.03) vs. Edgar Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74)

Time: 8:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather: Cloudy, 82
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Astros ended the Phillies winning streak last night.  The Phillies could not hold onto a four run lead.  The goal is to start a new winning streak.  The Phillies can’t afford to fall back under .500 again.

Philadelphia has a lot of confidence in Cole Hamels, who is looking for his 15th win, which would be a career high.  Since July 27, Hamels is 3-1 with a 2.26 ERA.  During that time frame, opponents are hitting just .229 with a .571 OPS against him.

Edgar Gonzalez was just recently promoted from Triple-A, and has succeed so far.  Last night, the Phillies left a lot of men on base; tonight, the Phillies need to capitalize and drive in runners.

Your Gameday Beer – Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter

Get ready for some potent porter pungency. Troegs Dead Reckoning is unfiltered and weighs in at 5.8% abv and 53 IBU’s. It features Pilsner, Caramel, Chocolate and Roasted malts along with Chinook and Vanguard hops. Dark, thick, chocolatey; eat it with steak and potatoes. -By Pat Gallen

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Gameday: Phillies (72-71) at Astros (45-98)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, September 13, 2012 07:56 PM Comments: 42

Philadelphia Phillies (72-71) at Houston Astros (45-98)

Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.24) vs. Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.83)

Time: 8:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather: Cloudy, 82
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are back above .500!  The goal is to stay above .500, and improve on that seven game winning streak.  The Phillies are back in the headlines with their recent surge, but they need to continue this momentum through September.

The odds are in favor of the Phillies in Houston, as the Astros have the worst record in baseball.  The Phillies have faced a string of last place teams recently, and so far they’ve capitalized.  They need to do the same in Houston, but it’s never automatic. As  Eric Seidman pointed out, the Astros have spoiled several seasons for the Phillies over the past decade.  Let’s hope the trend of the Astros beating up on the Phillies has ended.

Your Gameday Beer – Miller Genuine Draft
Good ole MGD, it always surprises when you can get this beer cheaper than Miller Lite, though it’s definitely not Miller’s best offering. It is heavily carbonated and has simple grain and corn flavoring. You know what you’re getting with this one – it’s an easy drinker. I like it with cheese (wiz) fries – By Brian

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Gameday: Marlins (63-80) at Phillies (71-71)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, September 12, 2012 03:30 PM Comments: 24

Miami Marlins (63-80) at Philadelphia Phillies (71-71)

Josh Johnson (8-11, 3.81) vs. Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.50)

Time: 4:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are back to .500!  Normally a mediocre record wouldn’t cause this much excitement, but the fact is that the Phillies are just four games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the Wild Card.  There’s still hope!  The Phillies will try to sweep the Marlins today and make it seven straight wins.

Josh Johnson’s ERA might not be as low as it was in 2010 (2.30), but he’s still a tough pitcher, even with the injuries he has suffered. Cliff Lee has been red hot, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts.

Pyramid Ameber Weizen Your gameday beer: Pyramid Amber Weizen Ale

An amber ale with a lot of the characteristics you would find in an unfiltered wheat beer, such as Hoegaarden or Blue Moon. It’s maltier than a hefeweizen, not fruity, and has a smooth, caramel taste. Just the look of it is enticing, and it’s probably hard to find in these parts since it’s a microbrew out of Seattle, however, if you can find it, it’ll be worth your while. — Pat Gallen

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Gameday: Marlins (63-79) at Phillies (70-71)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, September 11, 2012 06:16 PM Comments: 65

Miami Marlins (63-79) at Philadelphia Phillies (70-71)

Nathan Eovaldi (3-5, 4.85) vs. Roy Halladay (9-7, 3.87)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 75
Media: Twitter and Facebook

“From the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Do we have closure? No. No, the heinous acts of terrorism last Tuesday will be with us for as long as we all shall live.” — Harry Kalas, 2001.

Phillies baseball is exciting once again!  The Phillies have won five straight, and if they win tonight, they’ll be back at .500.

But let’s put baseball aside for a minute and remember those who lost their lives eleven years ago.  We will never forget the tragedy on September 11, 2001, and we will never forget those who lost their lives.

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ruiz C, Brown RF, Mayberry CF, Martinez 3B, Halladay P.

Brooklyn LagerYour Gameday Beer – Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Today’s beer is Black Chocolate Stout by the Brooklyn Brewery (famous for its lager). As the title implies, it’s a dark sweet brew. The chocolate flavor is nearly matched by the coffee, vanilla, toffee and roasted malt undertones but is certainly the centerpiece in the 10.6% stout. This dessert beer is heavy enough, so have it in place of coffee after dinner along with a biscuit of some sort. – By Brian

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Gameday: Marlins (63-78) at Phillies (69-71)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, September 10, 2012 06:19 PM Comments: 41

Miami Marlins (63-78) at Philadelphia Phillies (69-71)

Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.72) vs. Kyle Kendrick (8-10, 3.96)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 75
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are coming off a huge sweep of the Colorado Rockies.  They’re six games out of the Wild Card, two games below .500, and 8-2 in their last 10 games.  The Phillies will play two last place teams in their next two series: the Marlins and the Astros.
The Phillies aren’t where we expected them to be, and some are counting them out, but for Phillies fans there is still that glimmer of hope.

I don’t know what has gotten into Kyle Kendrick, but he has been on a roll lately.  Since August 14, Krazy K is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA.  He has 25 strikeouts and 4 walks during that span. Here’s another stat that Phillies Nation’s Corey Seidman tweeted: Kendrick is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA in last six starts against the Marlins.

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Mayberry CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Wigginton LF, Brown RF, Kratz C, Martinez 3B, Kendrick P

Red Hook ESBYour Gameday Beer: Innis and Gunn Rum Cask Oak Finish Beer

This excellent make from Innis and Gunn will knock your socks off. It’s not for the faint of heart at 7.4% ABV, but if you relax with a few you’ll enjoy it without the nasty hangover tomorrow. It has a deep red color with notes of fruit, spice, toffee, and oak. This beer was discovered accidentally – they set out to make an ale-flavored whiskey 2002 and instead came up with a Scottish beer. Funny how things work. - By Pat

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Gameday: Rockies (56-81) at Phillies (67-71)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 09, 2012 12:57 PM Comments: 39

Colorado Rockies (56-81) at Philadelphia Phillies (67-71)

Game 1: Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.53 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.04)

Game 2: Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 4.93) vs. Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77)

Time: 1:05 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 78
TV: My PHL 17
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Because of strong storms, the Phillies-Rockies game was postponed on Saturday.  We’ll have a split double-header on Sunday.

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Gameday: Rockies (56-80) at Phillies (66-71)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, September 07, 2012 06:25 PM Comments: 17

Colorado Rockies (56-80) at Philadelphia Phillies (66-71)

Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.73) vs. Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 87
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies and Rockies open up a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park.  The Rockies have struggled more than the Phillies have this season.  It hasn’t helped that Troy Tulowitzki has been out most of the season due to injury.

Jeff Francis has more wins than Cliff Lee, but his ERA is just over two points higher than Lee’s.  Francis doesn’t walk too many guys; in 86.1 innings, he only has 18 walks.  All the damage comes off the bat, as he’s allowed 110 hits in those innings.  That’s 11.5 hits per nine innings.  With all the strikes he throws, the Phillies need to come out swinging.

Lee has been red hot lately.  In his last four starts, he has a 1.91 ERA.  In those 28.1 innings, he struck out 31 and walked just two.

Who else is red hot?  John Mayberry.  Mayberry is batting .369 with 4 homers and 12 RBI in his last 17 games.

Your Gameday Beer- Polar

Polar lager pours with a clear, pale-golden hue and it kind of like the Bud of Venezuela. RateBeer and BeerAdvocate give it crappy grades, and you might be hard pressed to find it here in America. The bottle itself is worth the find alone. It’s 5% alcohol, so it’ll get ya tipsy after a few. Hot dogs with a few of these sounds good. -by Pat

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