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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Nationals (77-48) at Phillies (59-67)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, August 25, 2012 06:54 PM Comments: 29

Washington Nationals (77-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (59-67)

Gio Gonzalez (16-6, 3.23) vs. Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

If the Phillies can’t make the playoffs, they’re going to have to play spoiler to the teams that can.  Even though the Nationals practically have a postseason spot lined up, the Phillies can still beat up on them.  The Phillies beat the Nats 4-2 last night, and will seek another victory tonight.

Gio Gonzalez is looking for his 17th win, which would give him the lead for most wins in the majors. Gonzalez has spent time in several different systems, including Philadelphia, but was always noted as a top prospect.  So far, it appears that Gonzalez has lived up to his expectations.  Gonzalez is having a great year in Washington: opponents are hitting just .214 against him and he averages 9.45 strikeouts per nine.

Tröegs Nugget NectarYour Gameday Beer – Nugget Nectar
This brew by Troegs (out of the PA capital) is a mix of Red and Amber Ale; and as a result, it pours a vibrant orange color in your glass. The taste hits you right away with piney hops then gradually fades into tropical fruit flavors. It’s a tasty beer worth trying, especially alongside a roasted chicken. – By Brian

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Gameday: Nationals (77-47) vs. Phillies (58-67)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, August 24, 2012 06:05 PM Comments: 13

Washington Nationals (77-47) at Philadelphia Phillies (58-67)

Edwin Jackson (7-8, 3.69) vs. Kyle Kendrick (6-9, 4.20)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Nationals were expected to be an up and coming team.  They were expected to be much improved, but I don’t think anybody expected them to have the best record in baseball at this point in the season.  The Nationals stand 10.5 games ahead of the Phillies in the National League East.

Kyle Kendrick is coming off a great start against the Brewers.  Kendrick’s starts are always unpredictable, as he needs to  build consistency. 

Lineup: SS Rollins, 3B Frandsen, 2B Utley, 1B Howard, RF Brown, CF Mayberry, LF Nix, C Kratz, P Kendrick.

Your gamenight beer: Dogfish Head, which makes many find beers, brings forth 90 Minute IPA, which is stronger than your 60 Minute, but it really tastes good. Between its nine percent content and superior satisfaction, it reminds you of a good Belgian brew. Perfect for a mild night like tonight. Eat some pork with it. -By Tim

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Gameday: Reds (76-49) at Phillies (57-67)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 23, 2012 06:23 PM Comments: 43

Cincinnati Reds (76-49) at Philadelphia Phillies (57-67)

Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44) vs. Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 85
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try to split the series with the Reds.  The Phillies have been so close in the last two games, but just didn’t have enough for the victory.  They haven’t been getting blown out by the first-place Reds, so it’s a good sign that the Phillies are battling.

Tonight could be a possible Cy Young candidate matchup.  Both Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto are having excellent years. Cueto currently leads the National League in earned run average, and is tied for first in wins. Hamels is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA since the All Star Break.  If Hamels keeps it up, he could make a push for Cy Young considerations.

Hamels must love facing the Reds, but the Reds probably do not like facing him.  Against Cincinnati throughout his career, Hamels is 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA.  He has a 0.88 WHIP in 62.2 innings against the Reds.  Reds hitters collectively have a .164 average against him.

Your gamenight beer: A weaker beer for the usually fantastic Anchor Brewery, this is its summer drink. With a hint of lemon, it’s perfect for summer heat. Tonight is one of those warm summer nights; go ahead and enjoy one of these with a grilled cheese sandwich. –By Tim

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Gameday: Reds (75-49) at Phillies (57-66)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, August 22, 2012 06:13 PM Comments: 16

Cincinnati Reds (75-49) at Philadelphia Phillies (57-66)

Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.96) vs. Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 82
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Wanna feel old?  It’s 1990′s RETRO night. It seems like yesterday we sported neon colors, plaid shirts, swishy pants, and mullets.  We enjoyed comedy sitcoms like Full House while teenaged girls screamed over the Backstreet Boys.  Or was that just me?

Anyway, the Phillies are going all out for 90′s retro night.  Not only will they be wearing their early-90s jerseys, they also have a record well-below .500!  Their sellout streak ended, so empty seats are a possibility.  Scott Rolen is even in the house!

The 90′s weren’t complete terrible for the Phillies.  Minus the whole Joe Carter thing, the 1993 team was a whacky interesting bunch who captured the hearts of Philadelphia.

So get together a fan club, and celebrate the 1990s in Phillies style!  And now for the obligatory pun: Party like it’s 1999!

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown RF, Polanco 3B, Schneider C, Worley P

Your Gameday Beer: Budweiser.  Why?  We’re celebrating the 1990s tonight, and when I think of “beer” and “1900s,” the Budweiser frogs come to mind.  And who could forget those “whaaazzzuuuuupp” commercials that started in 1999?

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Gameday: Reds (74-49) at Phillies (57-65)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 21, 2012 06:51 PM Comments: 41

Cincinnati Reds (74-49) at Philadelphia Phillies (57-65)

Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16) vs. Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.83)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 82
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are moving up the standings!  They’re currently tied for third place.  A win and a Mets loss could put them in sole possession of third place. Disappointing, depressing, but it’s better than last.

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Gameday: Reds (74-48) at Phillies (56-65)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, August 20, 2012 06:21 PM Comments: 23

Cincinnati Reds (74-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (56-65)

Mike Leake (5-7, 4.29 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Isolated Thunderstorms, 74
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cole Hamels has been pitching out of his mind lately, and for that, he has won the NL Player of the Week award. In the American League it goes to Felix Hernandez after his perfect game last week. Now onto tonight…

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Gameday: Phillies (55-63) at Brewers (53-65)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, August 19, 2012 02:10 PM Comments: 22

Philadelphia Phillies (55-63) at Milwaukee Brewers (53-65)

Kyle Kendrick (5-9, 4.54) vs. Randy Wolf (3-9, 5.65)

Time: 2:10, Miller Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Overcast
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Phillies win today splits the series.  Kyle Kendrick and Randy Wolf have both struggled this season.

The goal for Kendrick is to keep Ryan Braun in the yard.  The outfielder has been red hot this series, going 6-for-11 with 3 HR and 6 RBI.

Your gameday beer: Yards Love Stout
Victory LagerAnything from Yards is a friend of mine. They just make damn good beers. My favorite is Yards ESA, but this Love Stout is intriguing. It’s a very dark beer with a dark head that has a chocolate and coffee aroma. For you java lovers, this could be gold. For those who enjoy Guinness, it’s right up there in taste and color, no lie. If your in Philly, get down to the Yards brewery on Columbus Blvd and order a grilled cheese with one of these and enjoy. -Pat Gallen

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Gameday: Phillies (54-63) at Brewers (53-64)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, August 18, 2012 06:04 PM Comments: 41

Philadelphia Phillies (54-63) at Milwaukee Brewers (53-64)

Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91) vs. Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.63)

Time: 7:10, Miller Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies dropped two straight to the Brewers, and will look to end their three-game losing streak.  The bullpen has been the problem for the Phillies in the last two games, but the Phillies haven’t needed the bullpen in Cole Hamels’ last couple starts.  Hamels has been on a roll recently, throwing two consecutive complete game shutouts.  Last year, Cliff Lee tossed three complete game shutouts, as Cole will try to match that tonight.

The Phillies will face rookie Mike Fiers, who has had a great start to his young career.  Fiers is coming off one of his worst outings, however.  The goal for the Phillies offense is to get to the bullpen.  Like the Phillies, the Brewers have had bullpen issues this year.

Your gameday beer: Yards Love Stout
Victory LagerAnything from Yards is a friend of mine. They just make damn good beers. My favorite is Yards ESA, but this Love Stout is intriguing. It’s a very dark beer with a dark head that has a chocolate and coffee aroma. For you java lovers, this could be gold. For those who enjoy Guinness, it’s right up there in taste and color, no lie. If your in Philly, get down to the Yards brewery on Columbus Blvd and order a grilled cheese with one of these and enjoy. -Pat Gallen

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Gameday: Phillies (54-62) vs. Brewers (52-64)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 16, 2012 07:49 PM Comments: 52

Philadelphia Phillies (54-62) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-64)

Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85) vs. Marco Estrada (0-5, 4.36)

TIME: 8:10, Miller Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It’s own to beer town for the Phillies, but all the talk today has been about what happened yesterday in Miami.

On a routine grounder to shortstop, Jimmy Rollins completely dogged it and was thrown out by 20 feet. It’s one of the lapses in judgement we’ve seen from Rollins over his tenure here in Philly. It did not go unnoticed as fans went at him on twitter and gave him the business he probably deserved. Do you think he deserved it?

How about we get Cliff Lee his 3rd win of the year? How many will he end up with?

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Brown RF, Nix CF, Frandsen 3B, Kratz C, Lee P

GAMEDAY BEER: Yuengling Lager

You know it, and you know it well. You call for it simply by saying “I’ll have a lager.” It’s a staple of the Philadelphia region and really never lets you down. From time to time I’ll order one if a beer list isn’t tickling my fancy. It’s just there. It never wows you. It’s like the Juan Pierre of beers. He won’t blow you away, doesn’t hit for power, but always gives a decent showing when you need him. -Pat Gallen

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Gameday: Phillies (54-62) vs. Marlins (52-65)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 15, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 12

Philadelphia Phillies (54-62) at Miami Marlins (52-65)

Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80) vs. Mark Buehrle (9-11, 3.80)

TIME: 12:40, Marlins Park
TV:
CSN
Weather: Lower 80′s, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Do me a favor, and don’t look at today’s lineup. You’ll think you’ve jumped in the hot tub time machine back to March. It’s a Clearwater lineup, and an ugly one at that.

Can anyone tell me why Domonic Brown is hitting behind Ty Wigginton AND Hector Luna? Brutal. At any rate, the Phillies still go for a sweep of the bottom-feeding Marlins. Pretty odd the Marlins have actually been worse. I picked the Phillies and Marlins to make the playoffs before the season (although I was far more skeptical of the Marlins) and we all know that ain’t happenin’.

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