Gameday 2009

Gamenight: Nationals (4-13) At Phillies (9-8)

Washington Nationals (4-13) at Philadelphia Phillies (9-8)
Shairon Martis (2-0, 4.11 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (0-2, 7.31 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
Weather: Sunny, 86
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Sweep. A nice word, really. The Phillies took their first one of those this weekend in Miami, breaking the Marlins with two comebacks and a wipeout. They got good (enough) pitching, got good (enough) hitting and … well they did field spectacularly. Now the Phillies return home and get a visit from the lowly Nationals, a team coming off its first road win of 2009 (a win yesterday over Oliver Perez and the Mets).

And the Nats will throw out there the Phils first repeat ball-thrower: Shairon Martis. He gave up just two runs in 6.1 innings, defeating the Phillies April 16 in Washington. Lou Marson and Raul Ibanez collected two hits off Martis in that game, while Chase Utley had the other. For a rookie he has been effective this season.

The Phils bring out Joe Blanton, who was the opposing pitcher in that April 16 game. He gave up three runs in six frames. Those three runs came from an Adam Dunn home run, a cannonball that practically destroyed some seats in Nationals Park. Blanton is 0-2 this season, coming off a six-inning, three-run start against Milwaukee.

Your gamenight beer: I’m on a boat. Are you? Get some Shipyard Export Ale from the Shipyard Brewing Co. This American pale is a decent try and light on the palate. It makes for a nice change of pace from your usual bitter APAs, especially on a hot night such as this. Stay away from the pork and have some roast beef.

Go Phillies!

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  1. Griffin

    April 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm


  2. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Go Phillies!

  3. Shana

    April 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I wonder what is in store for tonight. Mets make me nervous. They are eratic. Never know with them.

  4. KeithE

    April 27, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Nice night for a ball game. GO PHILS!!!

  5. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 7:04 pm


  6. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    HOLLA! Joe is back!

  7. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    ha Sheffield just dropped a ball lol.

    great start Blanton!

  8. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    yea joe is back walking batters. not good enough for billy bean not good enough for me. go home joe…

  9. Baseballfan

    April 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    he Manny,ha Sheffield just tied the game.ha

  10. Baseballfan

    April 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    or keith,not manny

  11. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Cant get the sorry pitcher out. you blow joe

  12. CT

    April 27, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    what the hell is wrong with blanton? way to start the HR streak again

  13. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Blanton sucks. Always has. He makes Washington look like a World Series offense. He is aweful and Im tired of him already.

  14. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    well Blanton sucks again today

  15. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    How can you strike out the first 3 batters and then blow up just like that?

  16. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    The HR’s continue!!! At least we’re consistent.

  17. Mike

    April 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Feliz to 2nd and Rollins to 7th, please.

  18. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I can’t wait until Rollins starts hitting so everyone stops dissing him lol. Go Rollins! he’s my fav player lol.

  19. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    geezus…take fat joe out already. i could hit a gopher ball off of him tonight.

  20. CT

    April 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    yank blanton now

  21. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    THIS JUST IN. Zimmerman is bringing joe to the homerun derby as his pitcher. Joe sucks so bad,

  22. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    another homerun? oh my Blanton needs to stop this.

  23. Matt

    April 27, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    blanton to the minors now. I’d rather have Cody Ross pitching

  24. Greg V.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Alright! Here comes Jack Taschner in to stop the bleeding! LOL!

  25. CT

    April 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    i don’t feel comfortable with taschner out there either. if i remember correctly, last time he pitched against the nats, he gave up about 3-4 runs too.

  26. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    We can’t afford to have our leadoff guy hitting this poorly… move him down the lineup till he starts hitting something!

  27. Georgie

    April 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Well, I’m watching Dancing with the Stars and checking on the game during commercials, it’s alot more entertaining than the game, I see.

  28. Sam D.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA nice Matt, I’ll take Nick Swiser and Cody Ross haha

  29. Sam D.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    all right guys, start a rally, by the way an amazig catch by victorino

  30. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Rollins got a hit, everyone cheer him on 😉

  31. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Bases loaded for the big man! Finally J-roll got a hit

  32. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Sam D.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW Yeah that’ what I’m talking about. Go Ryan

  34. Sam D.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah Boiii, Raul 2 hits

  35. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm


    nice. great. amazing.

  36. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Damn, that felt good.

  37. Tim Malcolm

    April 27, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    WOOO! Big boy delivers.

  38. Greg V.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Wow! Clutch grand slam from Howard! Good stuff!

  39. Georgie

    April 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Oh see, just when I don’t watch, something like that happens. Was it a big one?

  40. Sam D.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I wish Marson can start hitting, but I know its still early, btw, How’s donald doin in tripple a

  41. mikemike

    April 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I have said it for a year blanton isn’t a good starter, he was 10-0 last year with only 5 quality starts, out of 17 games, he is very hittable, hopefully he is not resign next year.

  42. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t know, Blanton did well last year. He also had that solid homerun in the World Series.

  43. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    His job isn’t to hit HRs, but to pitch and give us a good chance to win a game.

  44. mikemike

    April 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Keith he was 10-0 with very few quality starts, look up his number he got unbelievable run support. He is better than eaton but that not so much, he wont be back next season.

  45. Mike W

    April 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Donald is struggling in AAA.

  46. Sam D.

    April 27, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Bring Mayberry Up, He just hit hs 5th homerun tonight

  47. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Pedro!

  48. Keith B

    April 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    A guy that is not struggling Jason Knapp(18 year old at Lakewood) putting together at great start this year, 1.85 ERA, 37K 6 BB 12Hits in only 24.1IP, and he pitched great again tonight

  49. CT

    April 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    wow, that nats’ defense is so poor

  50. Keith B

    April 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    gotta love this Nats defense

  51. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Rollins! 😀

  52. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Yes, why don’t we replace Cairo with Mayberry?

  53. Keith B

    April 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    cuz mayberry needs to get more then just 3 ABs a week

  54. CT

    April 27, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Chase will probably lead the league in HBP again this year. the dude’s shoulder is a baseball magnet

  55. NJ

    April 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Why would you want Mayberry riding the bench and what is it with Nats pitchers beaning Chase??

    Anyway loving seeing the Fightin’ Phils back, win or loose tonight the team is showing some backbone. Forget the stats, the bats are hitting (or walking) at the right times. Credit to Taschner, he stopped that one from getting ugly.

  56. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Oh my… I couldn’t breathe during that last at bat! I thought Howard was going to hit two grand slams in a row! But no, GIDP to end the inning and strand 3…

  57. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Blanton will be back next year fellas…unless the Phils trade him. The Phils own the rights to him until 2011, so they aren’t just going to DFA him like Geoff wants to do with everyone. This is the real world.

    Oh, and Keith, Mayberry can’t even hit .250 in AAA right now, so there’s no sense in bringing him up to the majors yet.

  58. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    alright, I just want someone better than Cairo.

  59. NJ

    April 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Blanton’s in a funk, just be happy the offense is picking up the slack. He’ll come around.

  60. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Shame about Mayberry and Donald. I liked what I saw from both of them during spring training. But yeah, I’m sure we can do better than Cairo.

  61. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Tracey, Howard didn’t GIDP to end that inning. He lined out to first, and they doubled up Chase. He hit the ball as hard as you could, but unfortunately it was at someone. Drats!

  62. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    guys. bases loaded 1 out and no runs. bad, bad, bad…

  63. Brooks

    April 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I agree with Keith – Cairo is not what you want as a goto backup. Why did the Phils drop Giles again?

  64. NJ

    April 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    You can’t be down on Mayberry and Donald for cooling off to the point of writing them off. Firstly Mayberry isn’t a .300 hitter, he’s a .260-80 with power and he’s shown some power. Also remember the Iron Pigs/Lynx/Red Barons haven’t had a recent culture of winning and I believe it’s only the managers second year so things are very green in Allentown, have to cut those guy some slack.

    You gotta take the bad on the chin at this point in the year.

  65. Brooks

    April 27, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    People, Eyre has a 0.00 ERA up to this point. Is it time to see this go by the wayside too? More comefrom behind antics or a DP coming up?

  66. Brooks

    April 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Pooh… here we go…

  67. NJ

    April 27, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Doug the DP to end the inning wasn’t Howard’s faults

    Brooks- Giles’s bat wasn’t up to major league standards which is why he was jettisoned. What is the problem with Cairo? He’s an experienced major league that can hit fine, play almsot any position and can spell somewhere in the infield in the event of an injury. He isn’t there to be a pinch hit king, he’s a role player.

  68. Brooks

    April 27, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    More balls..

  69. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Hmn… we definitely could have used that second Ryan Howard grand slam…

  70. AGH

    April 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Is Madson hurt? Why go to Eyre?

  71. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I have never been a Charlie Manuel fan. He is making some bad moves. The other night hitting dobbs instead of stairs. then not pinch hitting our pitcher. Why isnt madson in this game tied. stupid old man….

  72. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm


  73. CT

    April 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    i can’t watch this anymore

  74. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Oh good grief… how can the Phils sweep the division-leading Marlins and then give up 11 runs to the Nationals? (sigh!!!)

  75. AGH

    April 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    The number of HRs allowed by this pitching staff is a f_ing disgrace.

  76. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    This is way too ugly. Why not Madson here?

  77. Brooks

    April 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    and he leaves scott in? are you kdding me?

  78. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Well, I know the answer to my own question. They always do their best work against the tough teams, and coast their way to failure against the easy teams.

  79. Matt

    April 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    seriously scott eyre…i hope you never pitch again in the major league…and you and adam eaton rot in the minors…you are a disgrace and cost the phillies a great, hard-fought game.

  80. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    not getting that 8th run in the 7th inning was just HUGE.

    the difference between madson pitching with the lead in the 8th then lidge in the 9th OR eyre, assorted bullpen arms, etc is night and day

    the real issue in the 8th was that terrible at bat by victorino. swung at two down and in pitches.

    oh well vic, i loved you on friday when you hit the grandslam at FLA. you’ll get it back for us down the line…..

  81. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    damn homeruns

  82. Brooks

    April 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    25 pitches, 16 for balls, 3 walks and 2 hrs – and no outs… Scott, you OK??
    Chahlie mercifully makes the move. Perhaps a tad late.

  83. NJ

    April 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    2 2 run shots by left handed bats and Eyre’s still on the mound, get him out of here before he forgets how to pitch in his next outting!?

  84. Greg V.

    April 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Lousy night for Eyre! i’m sorry, he’s a lefty specialist, not an 8th inning guy

  85. george

    April 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Man is the phil’s pitching sorry this year…Bye Bye Rich Dubee.

  86. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    this is eyre’s worst outing as a phillie. did we think that he would never give up an earned run. he soiled himself tonight but has been pretty damn useful as a phillie and will have a job in the future.

    only 32 more games until we get jc romero back. i hope he will be okay when he’s not on testosterone…..

  87. NJ

    April 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    you right Greg but he hsa to fill the void till Romero’s back. Bad pitching management wasting very fine outings from Taschner/Condrey that kept us in this one.

  88. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    OK, it ain’t over yet… In the bottom of the 9th, Ryan Howard can hit a 2-out game-winning grand slam!

    Hey, I can dream…

  89. Matt

    April 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    man i miss romero..and why is madson not in? this game was completely up for grabs, and madson is clearly the man to use in that situation with the way the nationals are hitting..
    I never liked Eyre before, even in the playoffs last year. This bullpen and Joe Blanton should apologize for shamefully embarrassing this team and the fans on dollar dog night.

  90. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    phils pitching has been ok recently, 6 of last 7 games with 4 runs or less.

    5 homeruns allowed tonight just terrible.

  91. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    (oops… I lost count of the innings; we’re only in the 8th; plenty of time to make a come-back!)

  92. Matt

    April 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    can we just throw strikes
    I cant even begin to count how many batters tonight started off with a 1-0, if not 2-0 count

  93. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    This is the worst pitching staff in major league baseball. With all of this talent this is a huge example of major underperformace. Blanton was bad after turning in two good performances. Taschner bad, Condrey walked in a run. Eyre atrocious.

    This has nothing to do with Marson, these pitchers are missing his spot. If you cant win a game after scoring 7 runs youve got problems. And if you are SETTING RECORDS each game for most HRs given up at each stage of a season, thne youve gotta retool your pitching staff a little bit. There are some guys in the bullpen that are getting rocked, some guys who cant find the plate. Once every few days a starter pitches well – or even average, but not everyday and not everyother day. SOMEHOW this team is not several games below .500. Moreso thanks to the offense.

  94. JeffR

    April 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Where’s Les Walrond? He was never as bad as this.

  95. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    this inning has lasted like 3 hours.

    next time charlie should put madson in this type of game. odds are that we would scored in the 8th and let lidge nail it down in the 9th.

  96. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I agree. Rich Dubee has gotta go. This is too much talent here to be the worst statistical staff in baseball. Too much money, too much talent, waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many home runs for this park.

  97. philliesenjoyit

    April 27, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Joe Blanton is really solid the phils are really solid you all enjoy men….die

  98. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    rich dubee was the pitching coach for one of the best staffs last year and he’s charlie’s right hand man and ran spring training. he’s not going anywhere.

    the marlins lost tonight so we’re 1.0 games out of first place and will drop to 1.5 if we lose. its 162 games people and things are just fine.

  99. Doug

    April 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Marson is plain aweful. Madson shouuld of been in this game to hold down the ship. How can you sweep the Marlins and come home to lose to the National Joke.

  100. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    but theyre giving up home runs at a record pace. that cant continue and its not slowing down. so whatre you gonna do? just…hope it gets better?

  101. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    ok…now. get the runs in please…what a great offense when theyre on.

  102. Matt

    April 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    right, cuz our team leader is batting .167 (with the exception of an Ok night tonight)
    We give up the most HR’s out of any team
    And in my opinion, the only really good performance from a starting pitcher have been the last 2 for Jamie Moyer, and 1 for Joe Blanton
    We have 1 pitcher with an ERA under 4.00

    A win here still wouldn’t make me thrilled because not one pitcher so far has shown any form of stability

    That’s usually a pretty good sign of a sub-mediocre team

    Oh, and I am sitting next to my girlfriend, she says hi, and that you have a pretty sweet name

  103. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    the home run rate for our pitchers will dip a great deal. it can’t be like this all season. 5 more tonight. that will even out over the long-run.

  104. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    nice…creep closer keeping it alive.

  105. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    dude, they havent slowed down at all giving up home runs in their own ballpark. this is crazy. youd THINK it cant continue. they werent like this last year, so something isnt right. theyre throwing sinkers that arent sinking, sliders that arent sliding, and cutters that arent cutting.

  106. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    alright, its 11-9 and they are right back in it.

    the real frustration for me is that charlie should have approached a 7-7 game in the 8th inning LIKE WE WERE WINNING. the nats are terrible and i would have bet the farm we would have scored in the bottom of the 8th like we did. you throw away the “book” when going against such an inferior opponent. oh well, i hope we win in spite of outselves.

  107. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    regarding the hr rate, i believe in statistics and its impossible that a MLB team will allow 3 HR/game over 162 games. it can not be. so the answer is to keep plugging away and to keep our cool.

  108. Matt

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    yea, im with Geoff. Cole has showed potential with fastball command, but other than that nobody else has really showed any signs of slowing down. Fastballs are missing, Breaking balls are hanging, its a recipe for a spanking, and it showed tonight with the Nationals’ Stairs-esque moon balls

    Oh, and there were 4 of them. All “deep into the night.”

  109. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    come on guys. work a rbi base hit werth. chip away at this. ibanez can clean up the bases here too so dont try and do it all youself.

  110. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    NICE…load em up!!!

  111. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    OK, I’ll settle for an Ibanez grand slam (hee hee)

  112. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm


  113. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Um… I was kidding when I typed that 10 seconds before he hit it…

  114. Ryk

    April 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm


  115. Mike

    April 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Pat who?

  116. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    relax people and stop ripping the phils…..everything will be ok

  117. NJ

    April 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm


  118. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    HOLY SH*T ….!!!!!!


    2 slams in a game!!! Raul has been freaking AWESOME… Can’t believe it!!

  119. CT

    April 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    NEVER count this phillies team out

  120. Paul

    April 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    IBANEZ!!! Where are the experts that ripped picking him up?!

  121. Ryk

    April 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    So I’m kinda thinking that the phils should play 15-inning games. Starting at inning 7, of course.

  122. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    man i was worried about ibanez replacing pat. damn this guy has been awesome. we may be 0.5 games out of first after all. i had a little doubt when i typed that we were 1.0 games back a few minutes ago.

  123. Brian of CO

    April 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    RAUL FREAKING IBANEZ IS A FREAKING BEAST!!! I was sad to see Pat the Bat go, but after Rauls start this season, Pat who? WOW!

  124. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I like Ibanez, I really do 🙂

  125. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    WOw…when these guys are on (this offense) theres nobody better in baseball in the past 5 years than this lineup…when theyre on theyre on and even an 11-run pitching performance cant spoil it!!! WOW

  126. Jim

    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    holy merciful mother of mary!

    raul fing ibanez and ryan mother fing howard

    2 slams , one game

    holy g;iawge;awegaw

  127. Greg V.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Raul, I am stuffing the All-Star Votes box with your name buddy!

  128. Alan Robert

    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    UNREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a game!!!

  129. Tracey

    April 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Ibanez: M V P!!! M V P!!!!

  130. Evan

    April 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm


  131. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Is Lidge not available?

  132. Brian

    April 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    God this ballpark is such a joke.

  133. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    most of you are pathetic whiners when the Phils are losing, and all of a sudden jump on the bandwagon when they start doing well. Worst pitching staff in baseball? Why, because they have given up a bunch of HR’s and have a higher ERA than last year? So then the Yankees are the worst, or one of the worst starting rotations then too, based on your “science.” Real fans stick behind their team through thick and thin and don’t go into panic mode with every loss, HR, or sweep. This is a 162 game season after all. But then again, you’re all smarter than the rest of us, including Cholly and Dubee. Oh, and Doug, when you continue to rip Marson for being “aweful” please at least spell “awful” correctly when you’re blaming him for the pitchers not hitting their locations.

  134. Tim Malcolm

    April 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Just tonight, Brian, just tonight.

  135. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    let’s go Lidge!

  136. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    okay nvm

  137. Greg V.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I’m not getting why Lidge isn’t up?

  138. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Every time Ibañez does something the crowd goes RAAAAUUUULL haha

  139. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    ooooh jamie please relax too.

    it’s hard to believe that everything will be alright. its not natural for us philadelphians, i have to remind myself that every 5 minutes as its not my nature.

    all is good with the phils, they have a great work product and some great players mixed with some average ones.

  140. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Time for the Madson changeup.

  141. Greg V.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Nice save Madson! You made me a believer!

  142. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Wohoooo! Nice game! Raul, you are the man!!

  143. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    what a satisfying win philliesnation friends. lets get them again tomorrow!!

  144. Tim Rich

    April 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I think I’m going to throw up. My nerves can’t take these kinda’ games.

  145. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Wow…that was some cheese from Madson. back to back 97’s up in your grill…what a great finish to this game!

  146. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    raul ibanez is on fire, what a great effort/hustle guy. great match for this city.

  147. Phil

    April 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Raul Ibanez has convinced me he is god.

  148. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    this isn’t a video game folks. pitchers can’t pitch every day. Cholly and Dubee obviously knew they were going to give Lidge a rest tonight, which mean they were going to save Madson for any save opportunity. That meant using Eyre and Condrey in roles that they may not typically be in. When they get used in those situations and don’t pitch perfectly, some of you jump all over them and the coaches. It’s easy to manage a game from your couch or in the stands, but obviously this worked out like the Phils wanted it to. Well, probably not the 6 HR part…but it’s a win.

    cxl, you’re telling me to relax when i’m just pointing out that others are the ones that need to do that instead of bitching about everything? interesting. i think i’m pretty relaxed the way it is.

  149. Joe

    April 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I think all (Windows-using) Phillies fans should get familiar with Alt-0241 (from the number pad, not the top row of the keyboard.)

  150. Adam

    April 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    What a win, this guys are killing me tho. And thank you Jamie, at least someone here is sane. I love this site, Tim does a great job, but I am getting so sick of wading through geoffs drivel. Lets enjoy this win tonight and keep up this head of steam heading into the weekend!

  151. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    jamie, you’re one of the most level-headed people on here and i enjoy your posts. please be patient with others as they learn to trust that everything will be alright over 162 games. i believe it and you believe it and others will believe it too.

  152. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    i gotcha bro. a win’s a win fellas! there’s a lot of work to do, but our boys will git ‘r done!

  153. cxl72

    April 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    thanks jamie….later folks…..

  154. Manny

    April 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    See what happens when Jimmy gets on base…

  155. GWFightinsFan

    April 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    As much as we’ve been distressed by their pitching, there is something remarkable about a team that can come from behind again and again as they have so far….let’s hope their pitching solidifies and their offense stays on top of its game!!

  156. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Manny, you’re right. When Jimmy’s on, the whole team is on. That first double was a gift, but sometimes that’s all one needs for their head and to build confidence. Madson’s heater was wicked tonight, too!

  157. christopher

    April 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    dear lord do i love phillies baseball.

  158. Havoc

    April 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Holy the Crap!…


  159. beta sigma shag

    April 28, 2009 at 12:37 am

    so I just finished watching the game on dvr, and it is 12 30 I love this place, Joe had a bad outting and Lidge was shelfed from the begining, was I the only one who knew that. JRoll may finally be out of his slump. and Raul is definatly the man. In my opionon I think Happ should maybe used more, he can go 2 3 innings even four, if you are going to stick him in the pen use him. I like the coaches and Yes I am second guessing, but once Joe got shelled I dont get why you wouldnt go to JA Charlie and Dubee are smarter than I about baseball so I have to give them the benifit of the doubt. WHile I am on the coaching staff, the third base coach is a little too timid for me, and this is just me I like a little more aggresion at times. what do you think

  160. mikemike

    April 28, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I really can’t see bringing up Mayberry at his time, He would be a pinchhitter only. That to me that is wasting him. let him play and see if he can have a good season and then look to trade him for pitching , Joe Blanton maybe as a fifth starter on a team with good pitching is okay but as a three or two he stinks plain and simple. To think right now about us owing his rights to 2011 and having to sign him is ridiculous. We have to find someone to go with cole that can go deep into games. So far ibanez has made me look bad , I didn’t like the signing, because he was lefthanded and his bad defense. So far I am wrong he has done everything right. I forget there is young kids on this site and see remarks that make me wonder how they think they know baseball, like all of a sudden Rich Dubbie is stupid but last year he was brilliant, or remarks like bench Jimmy Rollins or that one bad outing and Scott Eyre is terrible, the guy is a lefthander that is used to get out lefthanded pitching to you young kids that is a loogy. Right now he is being used in Romano place which isn’t suited for him. They will be forced to bring up another pitcher if the starters keep going only 4 or five innings.

  161. Sam D.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Great win, what about Frank Thomas off the bench hehehe he’s available

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