Posts Tagged ‘Washington Nationals’

Gameday: Phillies (52-62) vs Nationals (54-60)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 09, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 28

Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) vs Washington Nationals (54-60) washington_nationals_logo-9726

John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) vs Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 91, chance of storms

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies travel south to Washington D.C. Friday to open up a series with the Nationals after taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs.

The Phillies will send lefty John Lannan to the hill against his former team, whom he has faced twice already this year. He has pitched extremely well against his former club, allowing just two runs on 10 hits in 13 innings of work. Lannan will be on full rest after pitching on just three days rest his last time out, when he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Braves.

On the mound opposite Lannan is right-hander Dan Haren. Haren, despite ugly numbers, has pitched well of late. In his last start against the Brewers he tossed seven shut out frames, and since coming off the disabled list right before the All-Star Break he is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA.

Against the Phillies this year. Haren has taken two losses but has not pitched all that poorly against them. In his first start he allowed three runs in six innings and in the second starts he allowed two runs over five.

Michael Young has had by far the most success against Haren in by far the most at bats. In 66 at bats he is hitting .333 off him with three doubles, a triple, a homer and 11 RBI. Delmon Young has three doubles and four RBI in 32 at bats (.313 average), and Jimmy Rollins has hit at a .278 clip with an RBI off the righty.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Young 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Ruiz C, Martinez CF, Lannan P

download (2)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



Phillies Sign Ryan Demmin

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, August 09, 2013 11:39 AM Comments: 1

http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/photos/p2571.jpgThe Lakewood Blue Claws announced that the Phillies have signed 25-year old lefty Ryan Demmin from the independent Frontier League’s Normal CornBelters. Demmin was signed in 2010 as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Nationals and spent 2012 with the High-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League. Demmin averaged about a strikeout per inning pitched in organized ball from 2010 through 2012 primarily as a reliever.  Demmin will start tonight for the Blue Claws.

Analysis: The Blue Claws needed a starter for this evening and the picked up a pretty good stop gap. Demmin was keeping runners off the bases this year in the Frontier League (1.020 WHIP) and you can never have too many pitchers. Based on his age, it is unlikely Demmin sticks in the system beyond 2013, possibly even beyond this game.

Side note: This is, at best, the second most interesting thing that has happened in Independent baseball within the last 24-hours. If you missed it, the Rockland Boulders accidentally shot off their post-game fireworks in the middle of the ninth inning yesterday. Oops.



My Day at ESPN Headquarters

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, July 22, 2013 08:30 AM Comments: 2

Last Wednesday, I had the great fortune of visiting the sports fan’s version of Disneyland, also known as ESPN headquarters.  It’s a wonderful place filled with celebrities, athletes, and people that care a lot about broadcasting sports to fans like us.  A big thanks goes out to Kristen Hudak, Senior Publicist at ESPN and displaced Nationals fan who organized the day for me.  Besides seeing the sights, I wanted to meet some of the Philadelphia-area natives that make the magic happen in Bristol, CT.

Kevin Negandhi

Kevin Negandhi and Brian

Upon entering the ESPN campus, I was immediately impressed by the sheer size the place – dozens buildings, miles of roads, and more satellite dishes than NASA.  My first visit of the day was with SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi at the on-site Starbucks.  Kevin’s enthusiasm for Philly sports is infectious.  As I came to discover throughout day, whenever I told someone that I was from Philly, the first thing they replied was, “have you talked to Negandhi yet?”  It’s that obvious.  As a West Philly native and Temple grad, Negandhi is constantly talking Philly sports.  I spoke with him on camera for a few minutes for this week’s episode of Phillies Nation TV but probably could have continued for hours.

The next stop was a behind-the-scenes viewing of a Baseball Tonight taping.  First off, the studio is incredible, every bit as cool as it looks on TV.  Adnan Virk was moderating a “baseball’s best lineups” segment with Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling.  After the taping, I spoke with Adnan and Tim about the NL East race and what kind of roster moves the Phils will make this month.  Tim thinks they’ll be buyers – at least as of the All-Star break. Continue reading My Day at ESPN Headquarters


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.


Gameday: Phillies (45-47) vs Nationals (47-44)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, July 11, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 5

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (45-47) vs Washington Nationals (47-44)

Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) v. Jordan Zimmerman (12-3, 2.57)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 80′s chance of showers/t-storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try to win their third straight series tonight, as this is the fourth and final game of this four game set with the Nationals. They won the first two, but lost last night, giving the Nationals a chance at a split tonight. Kyle Kendrick will try to prevent that from happening. He’s coming off two poor starts against the Dodgers (6 IP, 4 R) and Braves (5 IP, 6 R). After starting the season with a 2.47 ERA in his first eight starts, he has a 5.14 ERA since (10 starts).

Opposing him will be Jordan Zimmerman, and he’s been very good this year. He’s posting a 2.57 ERA and has twelve wins already. Going just by the pitching matchup, I’d say the Nats are the favorites in this one.



Your gameday beer: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer in a Can

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is a summer seasonal beer available from April through September by 21st Amendment, and can be yours in six pack cans and on draft. It’s an American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon, ending in a straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor. Haven’t had it yet, but I’ve heard different reviews. If you’re feeling frisky, try it out on another hot, hot day. -Pat Gallen



Gameday: Phillies (45-46) vs Nationals (46-44)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, July 10, 2013 06:03 PM Comments: 9

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (45-46) vs Washington Nationals (46-44)

Cliff Lee (10-2, 2,73) v. Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14)

TIME: 7:00, Citizens Bank Park
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will turn to Cliff Lee tonight, and the All-Star lefty will try to bounce back after his last two shaky starts. He’s given up seven earned runs over his last 13.1 innings. His last outing against the Braves was going smoothly until a rough sixth inning where he gave up a three run home run to Dan Uggla. The only out he recorded in the inning was a bunt groundout. He still received the win thanks to a solid performance by the Phils bullpen. It was the first time that he had not pitched at least seven full innings since May 1.

For the Nats, Gio Gonzalez will get the start, and he’s been pitching pretty well lately. Over his last seven starts, he has an ERA of just 2.11. He’s gone at least six innings each time, and hasn’t given up more than 3 ER. Runs for both teams will come at a premium tonight.


GAMEDAY BEER: Sweetwater Blue

SweetWater Blue is a unique light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries. It begins with an appealing blueberry aroma and finishes as a surprisingly thirst-quenching ale. It’ll certainly be hard to find in the Philly region, but if you know of one of those crazy 6-pack stores that has EVERYTHING, look for this, or at least ask about it. It’s an Atlanta-based brewing company. And while I’m not particularly fond of fruity beer, a hint I don’t mind. Get out that chicken and the Sweet Baby Rays and make this a sweet night.  -By Pat


Hamels Escapes Late Jam, Phils Hang On For 4-2 Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 09, 2013 09:55 PM Comments: 33

Hamels was the Hamels that earned the nine-figure deal last year in tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Nationals. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the second inning with one out to begin what looked like a long night for former teammate Cole Hamels. The two met again in an epic bases loaded, two-out encounter in the eighth inning. Hamels had given up two singles followed by a walk to Bryce Harper. Hamels got Ryan Zimmerman to chase high heat for the second out. Werth had a chance to put the Nats ahead with a second inning repeat.

On his 110th pitch of the evening, shortly after Charlie Manuel left Hamels laughing after a mound visit, Hamels got Werth to fly out to Ben Revere and effectively end the only Washington Nationals threat of the night. Antonio Bastardo closed out the Nats in the ninth after giving up a run to pick up his second save.

Hamels was every bit the ace he is advertised to be against the division rival Nats, allowing only earned run, six hits, striking out four, and walking only one.

The Bats Stay Hot

Aside from Carlos Ruiz, every Phillies starter had at least one hit tonight. Chase Utley hit his 14th double of the year and was knocked in via a Domonic Brown single in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Young hit the go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

Darin Ruf has extended his hitting streak to four games while Revere’s two hits put him at .302 and firmly sixteenth in the NL in batting average as of press time. The trade for Revere continues to look like a major steal for the Phillies.

Winning Ways Continue

The Phillies win was their third in a row and improves their record to 4-1 on the present homestand. The Phillies have won 6 of their last 8, all against teams with records above .500 and look to take their fourth in a row tomorrow as Cliff Lee takes the hill against former Phils prospect Gio Gonzalez.


Gameday: Phillies (44-46) vs Nationals (46-43)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, July 09, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 26

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (44-46-0) vs Washington Nationals (46-43)

Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38) v. Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 80′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Phillies tonight, and he will try to win back to back starts for the first time this year. The Phillies have won his last two starts, but Hamels was not the pitcher of record in the first–a game against the Padres on June 26 where he gave up five runs in six innings. His last start, however, was one of his best of the year. He held the Pirates to five hits and two runs (only one ER) over seven innings on July 4. He induced 18 whiffs, which is tied for his second most this year. He struck out eight and walked none. The last time he faced the Nationals, he gave up five runs (3 ER) over 6.1 innings and received his 8th loss of the year.

For the Nationals, some guy named Taylor Jordan will get the start. He’s only had two starts in his career, throwing a combined 10 innings and giving up three earned runs. He’ll be new to this Phillies lineup, so it’s tough to predict how he will do.


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 (43-46) vs Nationals (46-42)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, July 08, 2013 07:26 PM Comments: 0

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (43-46) vs Washington Nationals (46-42)

John Lannan (1-3, 5.15) v. Dan Haren, (4-9, 6.15)

TIME: 7:00, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

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

Your Gameday Beer: Landshark Lager

Not the greatest brew in the world, but it’s probably better than your Millers’ and Coors’ of the world. And a case isn’t too expensive, so enjoy. -Pat Gallen


Gameday: Nationals (34-36) vs. Phillies (35-37)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 19, 2013 06:41 PM Comments: 8

Washington Nationals (34-36) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (35-37)

Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40) vs. Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.76)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
WEATHER: 72, clear
MEDIA: Facebook or Twitter

Chase Utley is playing at Reading tonight. More good news, the Phillies can sweep the Nats with a win tonight.

It’s up to Kyle Kendrick to bounce back from a terrible start in Colorado over the weekend. We’ll see if he’s trending down or if it was the Rocky Mountain air.

With one mroe RBI, Michael Young will hit 1,000 for his career – a nice milestone. If/when he gets there, he’ll be the 242nd player in MLB history.

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

Gameday Beer: Elysian The Wise ESB

Last night we went with Loser from Elysian, which has a bit of a bittery taste for a pale ale. Tonight’s brew is an extra-special bitter. The Wise ESB Pours reddish-copper with a thin, creamy beige head. Subtle smells of caramel, honey, citrus and grassy floral hops entice while the taste delivers a pleasantly bold hop flavor against a very strong malt backbone. Well-balanced and delicious. Grill some chicken and pop some brussel sprouts in the pan, and enjoy tonight’s game. -PG


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