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Gameday: Phillies (49-56) vs Giants (46-58)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 30, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 21

Philadelphia Phillies (49-56) vs San Francisco Giants (46-58)giants

John Lannan (2-4, 4.13 ERA) vs Barry Zito (4-7, 4.92 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 86, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies return home Tuesday after a 1-8 road trip to start a nine game homestand beginning with three against the defending world champion San Francisco Giants.

The Giants, much like the Phillies, have struggled of late. They are just 3-7 in their last ten games and are in last place in the N.L. West.

Tuesday’s opener will feature a pair of left-handers on the mound. John Lannan will get the baseball for the Phillies, coming off a poor start against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he lasted just four innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. Lannan had pitched well in his two starts prior to that game, however, having given up just one run in 16 innings before his poor outing last week.

He has fared well against San Francisco in his career, holding the Giants to just four runs in 20 2/3 innings (three career starts).

He will be opposed by veteran southpaw Barry Zito, who continues to have a Jekyll and Hyde season with the Giants. In the confines of AT&T Park, Zito has been lights out, pitching to 4-1 record and 2.45 ERA in 11 starts. On the road, he is a whole different story. Zito has started nine road games this year and is yet to win one. He is 0-6 and has allowed 40 earned runs in 38 1/3 innings (9.39 ERA) away from home this season.

Over the course of Zito’s career, several Phillies players have had success against him, most notably John Mayberry Jr., who is 3-for-8 with three homers, and Chase Utley, who is 7-for-20 with four extra base hits and three RBI.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, D. Young, Frandsen 1B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Lannan P

lat48_2_largeGameday Beer: Sam Adams Latitude 48

This IPA from Sam Adams is a nice, reddish colored ale with a smooth finish and earthy, somewhat bitter taste. The hops are strong but not overpowering, making this subtle IPA a top choice for both the avid and the casual beer drinker.

 

 

 

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Gameday: Phillies (49-48) vs Mets (41-51)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, July 20, 2013 11:30 AM Comments: 13

Philadelphia Phillies (49-48) vs New York Mets (41-51)

Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (3-1 3.54 ERA)new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

TIME: 1:10, Citi Field

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 93, cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

Last night the Phillies jumped over the .500 mark for the first time since June 6, and today they will try to set their high water mark for the season at two games over in a Saturday matinee against the Mets. With the win last night, the Phillies passed the Washington Nationals for second place in the division, and are six and a half back of the Braves in the N.L. East.

Cole Hamels has pitched well of late for the Phillies, and he will get the baseball again today. In his last three starts he is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 23 innings. His last time out against the Mets he suffered the loss after allowing four runs in seven innings of work, but back in April he did hold them to a run over six innings for his only win in the first two months of the season.

The Phillies will be seeing a new arm in Zack Wheeler, one of the Mets top pitching prospects. Wheeler has had his good outings and his bad outings since being called up in mid-June, but lately he has been pitching superbly. In his last two outings he combined to go 12 innings and allowed just two runs while striking out eight. He has never faced the Phillies or any of their hitters.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, D. Young RF, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

Gameday Beer: Otter Creek Copper Aledownload

This medium bodied beer is a very versatile and refreshing brew that goes well with all types of ballpark food, especially stuff off the grill. It’s got a sweet, toasty, crisp taste that is perfect for either a chilly night or hot summer day watching the game. With a day game today fire up the grill and kick back with one of these and you’ll be set.

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Gameday: Phillies (48-48) vs. Mets (41-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, July 19, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 10

Philadelphia Phillies (48-48) vs. New York Mets (41-50)new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33 ERA)

TIME: 7:10

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 97, humid, sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

After a much needed break following three games in 24 hours, the Phillies return to action tonight in New York to kick of a nine game road trip with a three game series against the Mets. The Phillies, who finally reached the .500 mark right before the break, will look to get over that mark for the first time since early June.

Kyle Kendrick will get the ball for the Phillies in their opener tonight at Citi Field. He is coming off a terrific start against the Nationals where he earned the win after going seven innings and allowing just a run on five hits. It was Kendrick’s 13th quality start in 19 total starts this year. He last pitched against the Mets on April 26, where he tossed a complete game shutout for the only time this season, and allowed just three hits.

Opposing Kendrick will be Mets right hander Jeremy Hefner, who has been pitching extremely well of late. In his last four starts he has allowed fewer than three runs and five hits in all of them, and holds a 1.67 ERA over that stretch. Hefner did face the Phillies twice this season, yielding five runs in three innings back in April, but also holding them to just three runs in a Mets win on June 21.

Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Domoniv Brown have all fared well against Hefner throughout their careers. Rollins is hitting .415 (5-for-11) with two doubles and an RBI, Utley is 2-for-8 with a homer and three RBI and Brown is 4-for-4 with a homer, five RBI and two walks against the Mets right hander. All of them are in the lineup tonight, and here is how the remainder of the lineup looks:

Lineup: Rollins SS, Young 3B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, D. Young RF, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Kendrick P

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team starts on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.

 

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PNTV Interview: Mickey Morandini at the Celebrity Hitting Challenge

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 16, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Recently, Phillies Nation TV headed out to the Class A South Atlantic League All-Star events in Lakewood, NJ to attend the Celebrity Hitting Challenge that was hosted at FirstEnergy Park by the BlueClaws. The “Clawstar Spectacular”, as it was called, featured the likes of former players Matt Stairs and Dwight Gooden along with comedian Artie Lange, who were all featured in interviews on a recent edition of our program.

All the footage we collect can’t always make the final edit of the show, so there are often clips or interviews we don’t use. Among the material that ended up on the cutting room floor from the Celebrity Hitting Challenge was a one-on-one interview with former Phillies All-Star second baseman Mickey Morandini.  In the interview, Mickey, who is now the manager for the BlueClaws, discussed the event, the reactions he gets from fans, looking forward to the 1993 Phillies reunion coming up next month and plenty more.

Check out the media player below for that interview and don’t forget to watch new episodes of Phillies Nation TV each Tuesday at 6 PM on The Comcast Network with replays running throughout the week on TCN and Comcast SportsNet.

To see the full June 25th episode of PNTV featuring interviews with Stairs, Gooden and Lange, click here.

Last week’s episode can be viewed by clicking here.

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PNTV Interviews: Mitch Williams and Jim Florentine

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 09, 2013 10:45 AM Comments: 0

Recently, Phillies Nation TV headed out to the Class A South Atlantic League All-Star events in Lakewood, NJ to attend the Celebrity Hitting Challenge that was held at FirstEnergy Park. The “Clawstar Spectacular”, as it was called, featured the likes of former players Matt Stairs and Dwight Gooden along with comedian Artie Lange, who were all featured in interviews on a recent edition of the program.

All the footage we collect can’t always make the final edit of the program, so there are often clips or interviews we don’t use. Among the material that ended up on the cutting room floor were segments with former Phils closer and current MLB Network Analyst Mitch Williams as well as comedian and TV host Jim Florentine. Take a look at the media players below for those full interviews and don’t miss a brand new edition of Phillies Nation TV, premiering every Tuesday night at 6 PM on The Comcast Network. Replays can be seen on TCN and Comcast SportsNet throughout the week as well.

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Gameday: Phillies (42-45) vs. Braves (49-37)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, July 06, 2013 05:30 PM Comments: 0

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uPhiladelphia Phillies (42-45) vs. Atlanta Braves (49-37)

Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.59) vs Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 91, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

You know what’s more fun than beating the Braves once? Beating the Braves twice and taking the series. That’s precisely what the Phillies will try to do tonight after hanging on to take the opener last night. And they’ve got just the man on the mound to do it.

For his career, Kyle Kendrick has posted a sparkling 2.86 ERA against the Braves while going 7-1. It’s the best numbers he has against an NL East opponent. Even in earlier days, when Kendrick struggled a lot more as a pitcher, he’d pitch well against the Bravos. Just one of those things.

The Braves counter with Tim Hudson, who is still pitching relatively well, despite beginning to show signs of age. Hudson did struggle in his first start against the Phils, way back in the first series of the season, surrendering three runs in just 4.1 innings of work. For his career, he’s got a 3.81 ERA when facing the Phillies.

Charlie keeps the lineup the same, aside from getting Chooch back in there. Keep an eye of Ryan Howard, who sees the ball very well off Hudson. For his career, he’s taken him deep seven times and posted a .328 average.

UPDATE: The Phillies have scratched Ryan Howard from tonight’s lineup, moving him to the DL. Darin Ruf has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Howard’s place on the roster. Laynce Nix is starting in place of Howard at 1B for tonight’s game. The updated lineup is below.

Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS,  Brown LF, M Young 3B,D Young RF, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Kendrick P.

YOUR GAMEDAY BEER Abita Purple Haze

Brewed in Braves country, Abita’s Purple Haze is a perfect accompaniment to watching the Phillies play in the heart of Dixie. A fruity beer with a hint of wheat in the aftertaste, it’ll pair well with some Memphis-style barbecue and a side of coleslaw. -RD

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Gameday: Phillies (41-45) vs Atlanta Braves (49-36)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 05, 2013 06:07 PM Comments: 0

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uPhiladelphia Phillies (41-45) vs. Atlanta Braves (49-36)

Cliff Lee (L) (9-2, 2.59) vs Paul Maholm (L) (9-6, 3.69)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 91, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Tonight’s game between the Phillies and Braves was originally going to feature a pitching matchup of two great pitchers in Cliff Lee and Tim Hudson. However, the Braves elected to push Hudson’s start back and instead will send Paul Maholm to the mound tonight.

Both pitchers are coming off good starts–Lee with a seven inning, three run performance against the Dodgers, and Maholm with a 6.2 inning, 2 run performance against the Diamondbacks. Lee has had the Braves’ number in his last six starts against them, as he has a 4-1 record with a 0.78 ERA. Maholm is 5-2 with a 4.66 ERA against the Phillies in his career.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D Young RF, Revere CF, Quintero C, Lee P.

YOUR GAMEDAY BEER Abita Purple Haze

Brewed in Braves country, Abita’s Purple Haze is a perfect accompaniment to watching the Phillies play in the heart of Dixie. A fruity beer with a hint of wheat in the aftertaste, it’ll pair well with some Memphis-style barbecue and a side of coleslaw.  -RD

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Gameday: Phillies (40-45) vs. Pirates (52-31)

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, July 04, 2013 01:18 PM Comments: 37

Philadelphia Phillies (40-45) vs.Pittsburgh Pirates (52-31)images

LHP Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58 ERA) vs RHP Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70 ERA)

TIME: 1:35 ET, PNC Park
TV:
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 79, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Happy Independence Day, America!

The Phils and Bucs celebrate the birth of our fine country with an afternoon game along the banks of the Allegheny River.  Cole Hamels looks to once again avoid a career-worst 12th loss of the season.  He is pitted against righty Gerrit Cole who, on the flip side, is without a loss in his young career.

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Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Fransden 3B, Ruiz C, Hamels P

Gameday Beer: Yuengling Lager

Phillies Nation Gameday Beer RecommendationThere’s a good chance you’ll be trying a variety of summer beers today, as you should on a warm and festive day such as this.  Yet at the end of the night when all those beers are gone, it’s time to dance with the girl that brought you.  We all know the Yuengling story and how it pairs well with everything - so pop a can or bottle and celebrate America’s long standing traditions of freedom and beer with a cold one from its oldest brewery.

 

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Gameday: Phillies (40-44) vs. Pirates (51-31)

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, July 03, 2013 05:30 PM Comments: 0

images (2)Philadelphia Phillies (40-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-31)

LHP John Lannan (1-2, 4.83 ERA) vs LHP Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 ET, PNC Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 84, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It is getting to be that time of the season for this Phillies core group… either put up or shut up.  The team has two more games on this devilish 10-game road trip to make a statement before they come home for the last 10-games before the All-Star Game.  Jimmy Rollins said last month that the veterans understand they have to contend or this team might be broken up.  A series win against the first-place Pirates followed by a successful homestand is a step in that direction.

It won’t be easy.  The Bucs had won nine straight before Jonathan Pettibone and beat them last night.  The Phils face lefty Jeff Locke on Wednesday, who hasn’t lost since his opening start and has a 1.07 ERA over his last eight.  Locke dominated the Phillies lineup in April, allowing only two hits in six shutout innings of a 2-0 Pirates win.  The Phils will counter with John Lannan who had his best start (and only win) as a Phillie last Friday in Los Angeles.

The Phillies are without Ryan Howard on Wednesday, who admitted his knee was sore after last night’s win.  Before collecting two hits and an RBI last night, Howard had been 0 for his last 20 at-bats with 11 strikeouts.  That slides Domonic Brown into the clean-up spot and the suddenly hot Delmon Young into the five-hole.  Young is hitting .462 with nine RBIs through the first eight games of this road trip.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Mayberry 1B, Revere CF, Ruiz C, Lannan P

tumblr_mdrqqhVFlG1qck1jco1_400Gameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red Ale

Smithwicks has been around forever yet it never gets old. This red ale is one of the most common Irish brews and is perfect if you are in that Irish mood and want something lighter than a Guinness and a bit more than a Harp lager. It might not jump out at you, but you know that you are going to get a consistently solid beer, and a lot of times, that is enough.

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Gameday: Phillies (39-44) vs. Pirates (51-30)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 02, 2013 06:27 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (39-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30)images (2)

Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17 ERA) vs Brandon Cumpton (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

TIME: 7:10 ET

TV: Comcast SportsNet

WEATHER: 82,cloudy

MEDIA: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies’ road trip gets no easier as they open a three game set with the first place Pirates tonight at PNC Park. Not only do the Pirates have the best record in the majors, the Phillies have not fared well at PNC park recently, even against the worst of Pirates teams.

Since 2001, when PNC Park opened, the Phillies are 12-23 against the Pirates on their home turf. The year 2000 was the last time they won a series against Pittsburgh on the road. The Pirates finished above .500 in none of those years since.

Jonathan Pettibone will be on the hill for the Phillies. He gave up three early runs against the Dodgers his last time out but settled in, retiring the last 15 batters he faced. He finished the outing allowing just three runs on four hits in six innings.

The Phillies catch a break with Pittsburgh’s starter, as Jeff Locke was scratched because he warmed up extensively last night in the Pirates long extra inning affair. Locke is 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Instead the Phillies will face Brandon Cumpton, who was recalled from Triple-A to make the start in the series opener. Cumpton has no record in two starts with Pittsburgh this year, and no Phillies player has ever faced him.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Revere CF, Ruiz C, Pettibone P

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team is on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.

 

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