2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (53-62) at Marlins (52-64)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, August 14, 2012 06:36 PM Comments: 8

Philadelphia Phillies (53-62) at Miami Marlins (52-64)

Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86) vs. Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88)

TIME: 7:10, Marlins Park
Weather: Lower 80′s, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies haven’t won three straight games in almost three weeks. But they can do just that tonight as they are coming off their second straight win.

However, the bad news is that Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86 ERA) is on the mound tonight, and his last outing was, let’s say, unspectacular. He gave up six earned runs, seven hits, and three walks to the Braves in less than four innings pitched. Ever since Joe Blanton was sent to the Dodgers, Kendrick, who took Blanton’s spot in the rotation, is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.

Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88 ERA) will start for the Marlins, and he is pitching pretty well right now. He is 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA in his last four starts. However, the Phillies tagged him earlier this season in a 6-1 win, but the second time around, he allowed just one run. Methinks we will see the “good” Johnson tonight.

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

GAMEDAY BEER: Pilsner Urquell

This Czech pils is just strong enough and tasty, just the way I like my beer. It’s not quite as light as other lagers, but it has a crisp look to it. Don’t be pushed away by it’s slightly bitter aroma, it’ll go down smoother than you think. There will be a slight, slight aftertaste to it, but don’t be alarmed. It’s quite refreshing.  -By Pat



Hamels Shuts Out Marlins in 4-0 Win

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, August 13, 2012 10:04 PM Comments: 17


Cole Hamels was stellar. He tossed his second straight complete game shutout, this time against yet another NL East opponent in the Marlins. He gave up six hits, one walk, and punched out five.  Here’s his line:  9.0 IP/6 H/0 R/0 ER/1 BB/5 K. Here are some other story lines from tonight’s game:


The Phillies lost their last five against the Marlins, but snapped that streak tonight with the win.

Cole Hamels, who had three losses against the Marlins this year and a ERA in the 5′s, tossed a gem. Maybe the woes against the Marlins this year could be coming to an end.


Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is keeping watch of Domonic Brown this year. He’s given him a spot and it looks like he may finally be on the MLB club for good. Tonight, Brown showed some good signs with two hits, a run and a walk. He also had an outfield assist.

Juan Pierre, who was losing playing time with the addition of Nate Shierholtz, was 3-5 with a triple, a run, and an RBI.


I know I’ve mentioned his name a lot already, but he deserves it. He was outstanding for the second straight start. His ERA is now below 3 and is seriously looking like one of the top left-handers in MLB again. So far, that new contract of his is looking better and better. This was his 12th career complete game.

He’s never had more than two in a single season, and this is his second in a row. He did not allow an extra base hit until Giancarlo Stanton‘s double with two outs in the ninth inning. The second straight shutout extends his scoreless inning streak to 22 innings.

This man is on fire.


The Phillies take on the Marlins again tomorrow at 7:10 with Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86 ERA) taking the mound for the Phillies and Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88 ERA) taking the mound for the Marlins.


Gameday: Phillies (52-62) at Marlins (52-63)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, August 13, 2012 06:48 PM Comments: 24

Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) at Miami Marlins (52-63)

Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33)

TIME: 7:10, Marlins Park
Weather: Lower 80′s, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cole Hamels is coming off a complete game shutout against the Braves last Tuesday, and would love to have similar results tonight against the Marlins, a team that he has a 5.21 ERA against this year. The Phillies as a team have lost five in a row to the Marlins, the most they’ve lost to them since 2004.

But the Phillies have been playing decent baseball since the All-Star break, and the legendary (joking) Erik Kratz is filling in nicely for injured Carlos Ruiz. Things are looking not-to-shabby for the Phils, and this series could launch them away from the basement of the NL East for good, or do the opposite.

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

Allagash White
Your Gameday Beer – Allagash White
This is a really good beer that is fortunately becoming more widely available around the country. The White name lets you know it’s a Witbier – way better than the more ubiquitous Blue Moon or Hoegaarden. It has citrus wheat flavors along with some strong fall scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg which make it a great late summer ale. It is refreshing and smooth and very enjoyable to drink. It pairs well with a sweet chicken dish like Hawaiian or teriyaki style. – By Brian



Gameday: Cardinals (61-52) at Phillies (51-61)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, August 11, 2012 06:29 PM Comments: 19

St. Louis Cardinals (61-52) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-61)

Jake Westbrook (11-8, 3.76) vs. Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.78)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Isolated thunderstorms, 86
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Roy Halladay dominated and Chase Utley came up with the big hit to give the Phillies a victory to open the series. Even if the Phillies aren’t going to be in the postseason, it would be nice to end the season on a high note and play spoiler for possible contenders like the Cardinals.

Cliff Lee has been better during the second half of the season, but he still only has two wins. In his five starts after the All Star Break, Lee has a 3.25 ERA, but the most impressive stat may be that he only has four walks in his last 36 innings. Lee’s a strike thrower; he makes other teams beat him by hitting their way on.

Lineup: Rollins, Brown, Utley, Howard, Nix, Schierholtz, Frandsen, Kratz, Lee

Your gameday beer: Pacifico

Cerveza Pacifico Clara is the real name for this beer which was brewed by three German men in Mexico in 1900. In 1954 it was purchased by Modelo (you’ve heard of them, yes), which is now owned by Anheuser Busch. Seems like they own every beer. So I guess Pacifico is like the Bud of our neighbors to the south. Oh, well. — By Pat



Gameday: Braves (63-46) at Phillies (49-60)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 07, 2012 05:45 PM Comments: 13

Atlanta Braves (63-46) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (49-60)

Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01) vs. Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 88
Media: Twitter and Facebook

With last night’s 6-1 defeat, the Phillies have lost seven straight to Atlanta.  Not only did they lose the game, but they lost their sell-out streak as well.  It’s time for a new streak to begin: in both victories and attendance.

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Phils Walk It Off In Series Finale Against Diamondbacks

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 05, 2012 04:41 PM Comments: 44


After falling behind 3-0 early, the Phils tied the game in the fifth on a Chase Utley home run, but gave up the lead the very next inning on a home run by Paul Goldschmidt. Then, in the 8th, they tied the game again on an error, and got the walk-off win in the ninth on a single by Ryan Howard. The win puts the Phillies OUT of the basement in the NL East, as the Marlins lost today.

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Gameday: Phillies (48-59) vs Diamondbacks (55-52)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 05, 2012 01:21 PM Comments: 16

Philadelphia Phillies (48-59) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (55-52)

Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73) vs Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.75)

Time: 1:35 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Upper 80′s/Lower 90′s, sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies look to take the series win today against the Diamondbacks, as they send Cliff Lee out on the mound. I think it’s safe to say that Lee won’t have to worry about any of the trade rumors that have been swirling. Ruben Amaro Jr. came out and stated that Lee “isn’t going anywhere”, and I believe him.

Lee is coming off one of his best starts of 2012, where he threw seven innings of shutout baseball on Tuesday against the Nationals.

Trevor Cahill will be on the mound for the D-Backs. Back on April 25, he allowed four runs in 5.1 innings in a 7-2 loss to the Phils.

Jimmy Rollins streak of 62 straight games started is over, as he gets the day off today after getting scratched from the original lineup.

Lineup: Schierholtz RF, Frandsen 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown LF, Kratz C, Martinez SS, Lee P

Philadelphia Original LagerBrewed by Red Bell Brewery out of the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia, this beer is a classic microbrew lager. It’s a bit heavier than Yuengling, with more of a roasted malt flavor and some sweet coffee and caramel hints. Its supreme drinkability coupled with a pour that looks like iced tea means you can sneakily house several of these bad boys. Have your favorite pasta with some marinara sauce and a few Philly Lagers. – By Brian



Gameday: Phillies (47-58) vs Diamondbacks (54-51)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 03, 2012 06:35 PM Comments: 14

Philadelphia Phillies (47-58) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (54-51)

Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.45) vs Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Upper 80′s/Lower 90′s, humid
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Before tonight’s game, Charlie Manuel was seen being called into a meeting during media time. Shortly thereafter, Joe Blanton–tonight’s scheduled starter–was not seen with the rest of the team. Then news came out of a trade that sent Blanton to the Dodgers.

So in his place on the mound tonight will be Kyle Kendrick, who currently owns MLB’s longest scoreless inning streak at 21. 13 of those innings are as a starter. Still, though, his ERA this year is well above 4, and a spot start like this could mean a poor outing on such short notice. However, Kendrick has done well in situations similar to this before, so it’s tough to predict how he will pitch tonight.

Opposing him will be righty Ian Kennedy, a guy who has fallen off considerably after his outstanding year last year where he finished 4th in the Cy Young Award voting. His ERA is currently 4.20 (last year it was 2.88). The last time he pitched in Philly, he gave up three runs in three innings and took the loss back in August of 2011.

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

Orval Trappist AleYour Gameday Beer – Orval Trappist Ale

I’ve said it before, monks know how to brew beers and this Belgian Pale Ale is no exception. First it hits you with a apple/pear scent then a complex taste of citrus, caramel, and earthy yeast – all in a creamy buttery consistency. Wow. I hear it goes well with Thai food, but this is certainly one you can drink alone. – By Brian



Gameday: Phillies (47-57) at Nationals (61-42)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, August 02, 2012 05:54 PM Comments: 28

Philadelphia Phillies (47-57) at Washington Nationals (61-42)

Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31 ERA) vs Ross Detwiler (5-4, 3.24 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: 87, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

When you’re a team sitting 12 games out of a playoff spot and have officially declared your season over by trading away two main cogs in your lineup, you’re looking for any kind of motivation to get up for a game. Sweeping a first place team that has made it a point to declare you a rival this season is one of those rare instances where motivation won’t be hard to come by. That’s right, tonight the Phillies have a chance to earn a small victory and deliver a little payback by sweeping the Washington Nationals, who have owned them of late.

If you believe this game doesn’t mean anything to the Phils because, for all intents and purposes, their season is over, I’d suggest otherwise. I think getting a sweep here is important to the Phillies, especially since the Nats have bullied them this season. Because of that, expect them to come out playing hard and performing like the game means something. The Phils will be looking to prove they can compete with the Nats over the rest of the season–they have three series left with them after tonight–and a sweep tonight would help set the tone.

Speaking of people with something to prove, Cole Hamels will be the man on the mound tonight. Now, Hamels has done just about everything he can to prove to people that he’s a bona fide ace. However, in his first start after signing his new mega deal, Hamels delivered one of the worst performances of his career–walking a career-high six guys and allowing three earned runs in just five innings. That effort should give Hamels some motivation to pitch particularly well tonight, as he looks to continue proving he’s worth the dough the Phils ponied up. He’s found the right team to do it against. In two starts against the Nats this season, Hamels is 2-0 with an 0.56 ERA. He’s allowed one run in 16 innings.

The Nats counter with Ross Detwiler. Detwiler has been pretty steady this season. Incidentally, he has yet to face the Phillies in 2012. For his career, he’s 1-3 with a 4.45 ERA. Those numbers, of course, were compiled against a vastly different Phillies lineup than the one he’ll face tonight.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Frandsen 3B, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown LF, Martinez RF, Hamels P.

Gameday Beer: Kona Brewing Co., Koko Brown

Now that Shane Victorino is in L.A., I figured this would be a good time to dedicate a beer selection to all he did for this team over the last five years. What better beer to do that than Koko Brewing’s Hawaiian signature, the Koko Brown? This brown ale sports a complex taste, but is quite drinkable (If you’re looking to pound them down, this beer is a candidate). What makes it special though is the hint of coconut, which comes from the brewing process. It is truly a summertime beer. If you can procure some pulled pork, shish kabob and some pineapple salsa, make a luau out of it. Mahalo! - By RD



Gameday: Phillies (46-57) at Nationals (61-41)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Wed, August 01, 2012 05:51 PM Comments: 42

Philadelphia Phillies (46-57) at Washington Nationals (61-41)

Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88 ERA) vs Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: Sunny, 90, Scattered T-storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Well we might not see if ‘trying any damn thing’ will actually work any time soon but the new look Phillies gave us something to cheer for last night.  Enter Domonic Brown.  Brown will be making his long awaited return to the starting lineup tonight playing left field  a day after the Phillies sent Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants.

One of the pieces that the Giants sent over was Nate Schierholtz, who will be playing right field and batting second.  John Mayberry Jr. will be running wild in center to round out the rest of the outfield and hitting after Ryan Howard in the lineup.

This may not be the Phillies team we remember, but this is our Phillies team.  For the moment at least.  Some may think the white flag has been raised, and maybe yes it has for this season, but this team is not a bottom dweller.  It’s not their style.  Expect this team to continue to play hard and build some momentum through the end of the season.

Vance Worley will be on the hill tonight.  Worley has been knocked around a bit recently with opponents hitting .353 against him in his last five starts.  He will try and correct the ship against Edwin Jackson and the rest of the Nationals tonight.

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

Your gameday beer: Yeah man. Here’s Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. The 90 Minute is a sterling beer, flavorful and not overly strong in taste. But it hits you, and it hits you hard. It’s 9 percent, so it gets you good after a few. Drink with caution. And eat some mussels with it. – By Tim


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