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2010 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (2-0) at Nationals (0-2)

Philadelphia Phillies (2-0) at Washington Nationals (0-2)

Kyle Kendrick, RHP vs. Craig Stammen, RHP

Time: 4:35, Nationals Park
Weather: Cloudy/Windy, 84
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

If the Phillies have had a kryptonite the past few seasons, it’s been the month of April. But with the offense erupting for 19 runs in two victories over the Nationals, the Phillies are a win away from sweeping the season’s opening series for the first time since 2001. Yes, it’s been that long. Until Wednesday, Jimmy Rollins was the only current player left from that scrappy squad that nearly stole the NL East pennant. But then the Phils picked up Nelson Figueroa off waivers from the Mets – if nothing else, a positive omen for the Phillies heading into today’s finale.

With all the fuss over the guy who wears No. 34, the evolution of Kyle Kendrick was one of the quieter stories of the Phillies’ spring training, and this game should give us a better sense of just how far he has come from being a one-pitch wonder to a capable starter who can fall back on a change-up and cut fastball in addition to his sinker to get outs. No other Phillies pitcher had a better spring than Kendrick, who allowed only four earned runs in 24 2/3 innings for a mighty-impressive 1.42 ERA (though Jamie Moyer was a close second).

The Phillies’ top four hitters in the lineup – Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard — have feasted on the Nationals’ pitching in the first two games, going 15-for-34 (.441).  Today’s dish is second-year starter Craig Stammen, who will have the advantage of unfamiliarity because the Phillies haven’t faced him.

Stammen, who went 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA in 2009,  is a control pitcher who relies on a curveball for strikeouts and probably wouldn’t be on many other teams’ rotations – much less occupy the No. 3 starter role. But that is the sorry state of the Nationals’ pitching staff.

Today’s Lineup: Rollins (SS), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Victorino (CF), Schneider (C), Kendrick (P).

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Pabst Blue Ribbon

It just feels like a Pabst day.  It’s a 4:35 start today, meaning you’ll likely be getting off of work, sitting down on the couch, and enjoying the game.  That feels Pabst-like to me.  Don’t mistake it for a high-quality beer, but for a cheap case you can’t beat it.  On their Wikipedia page it says, “Whether the brand actually won an award in 1893 is unclear.” My guess is, it didn’t.  But enjoy it anyway, ice cold! – By Pat

GO PHILS!

105 Comments

105 Comments

  1. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    PBR… sounds good to me. I’ll be in the office until 4:30- someone please throw one down for me.

  2. Jeff of Nova

    April 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Will be watching this one not with PBR though.

    Have my Home Brew ready top roll

    Go Phils

  3. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Have to work til 6:30. Uuuuugggghhhh!!

    But I’ll have the radio on and then hurry home for the last few innings.

    Let’s go KK!!

  4. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Chuck… are you free to roam the internet?

  5. Havoc

    April 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I’m running out of work at 5:00pm should only have to follow the first few innings via the online scoreboard.

  6. Section 143

    April 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Not drinking Pabst but I am outta here in 20 minutes to watch the Fightins take out the brooms. We could start the season off 6-0. Don’t want to get ahead of myself but you can’t win championships in April but you sure can lose them….

  7. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Anyone else wondering what the hell is going on?

  8. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Not a good start…

  9. Dennis

    April 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Great start KK!

  10. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Apparently KK didn’t deserve a spot in the rotation after all.

  11. Greg

    April 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Oh boy… 🙁

    This is not good.

  12. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    That was godawful. BP for the Nats, those pitches were meatballs.

  13. BurrGundy

    April 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Sour start….plenty of time to rebound. Jitters………..hitters……and bullshitters.

  14. Bob in Bucks

    April 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Did not see it but on the internet it looks like he was trying to nibble too much. Plenty of time but he has to be more agressive.

  15. SDO

    April 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    WTH, 3 SMS’s in 3 mins? WTH, the Phils down by 3 in the 1st?

  16. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Nice two bagger JW.

  17. Greg

    April 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Side note: This umpire sucks. He’s way too…annoying.

  18. SDO

    April 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    triple, double, sharp liners – looks like most of the balls are getting pounded.

  19. Greg

    April 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    After settling down, he did well. 2 GO’s and a K, granted, it was on the pitcher, but oh well. Hopefully he can last 5 more innings.

  20. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Original Chuck P….yes, I have internet capability. Why? I can’t get the game anyway…it’s blacked out of mlb.com

  21. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    The Nats feed was talking about how umps across the league have been criticized for squeezing pitchers early on… they mentioned Hamels.

    Sniffing our way back into this thing… let’s go Phils! KK needs to set em down 1,2,3 and get our guys back up there.

  22. Cadillac TIme!!!!!

    April 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Snuck outta my office early!! We’re chippin’ away now!!!

  23. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Now he looks freaking good. That changeup is impressing me.

  24. SDO

    April 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Looks KK has settled down quite a bit. Nice K of Zimmerman.

  25. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    J.W with his 2nd two bagger of the game. Nicely done.

  26. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Werth’s aliiiiiive! Now let’s get Rauuuuuuuul there. Please.

  27. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Nice professional hit by Werth…

  28. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Chuck- check out http://www.myp2p.eu

    Live streams… peer to peer. Might not be MLB.com quality but it’s close enough for the girls that I go out with. You’ll have to download stream torrent but it’s a sweet site to bypass the man.

  29. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Best of all… no blackouts.

  30. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Back to our infuriating unproductiveness with runners in scoring position and less than 2 outs? Not even a base hit?

  31. SDO

    April 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    what’s up with ibanez? gosh i hope his days aren’t over just yet.

  32. Manny

    April 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Damn. KK was throwing some pretty good pitches… but he’s getting hit hard anyway.

  33. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Well have fun being used for mop up duty KK.

  34. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I meant ineffectiveness…and those stranded runners are looking real good right now.

    I apologize, I just HATE runners on second stranded and really hate runners on third stranded and then incredibly hate when THAT happens.

  35. SDO

    April 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I’m starting to miss Joe the Pitcher.

  36. Rosco

    April 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Hey Kendrick, try throwing underhanded, you might have better luck. COME ON!

  37. BurrGundy

    April 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Batting practice for the Nats…..KK left his heart in Clearwater. NOT GOOD, at least today.

  38. Manny

    April 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Chill out people… we’re still in the game. And Kendrick looked promising at one point. So, let’s see how this works out. He’ll have at least 3 more starts while Heavy B recovers.

  39. SDO

    April 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    finally. RBI with RISP.

  40. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Glad to see J.W came to play, piss poor coaching by Perlozzo there.

  41. Manny

    April 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I just threw up a little.

  42. SDO

    April 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    ugh… Werth 3 for 3 and nothing to show for it. Come on, only down one – no problem, right?

  43. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Perlozzo didn’t really do a whole lot to stop him…

  44. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Chuck P. I’ll try to figure out to install this thing when I have time….looks like a good alternative.

    ——

    Look…we’re only down by 1 run. Have some phaith, people!!

  45. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    That running mistake irks me to no end. Werth’s having a ridiculously good game with zero to show cause everyone around him is blowing it.

    Polanco however is worth his weight in gold. Love him.

  46. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    EVERYONE around him is blowing it?? That’s pretty unfair.

    ——

    nice sac bunt by Schneider!!

  47. The Original Chuck P

    April 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    With the pitcher struggling to find the zone, there’s no one that I would rather have up than Chase Utley.

  48. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Wow a guy who can sac bunt, haven’t had one of those in a while.

  49. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Sacks jacked and now J-roll is up to the plate.

    Time to make them pay!

  50. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    J-Roll!!!!! Nice job. And good baserunning guys.

  51. Manny

    April 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    New game. Battle of the bullpens.

  52. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Not what I was hoping for with the bases loaded and one out but I guess a tie game so far will do.

  53. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Wasted no time using the former Phillies and Met’s reject.

  54. Manny

    April 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Figueroa? Wait what why what

  55. BurrGundy

    April 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Let’s see if Nelson can make a quick positive impression with the Phils !!

  56. Manny

    April 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    What a throw Jimmy! Blessed arm.

  57. wtt

    April 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

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  58. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Rats.

  59. wtt

    April 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Ibanez wiffing on 82 mph change up belt high and middle in. Awesome.

  60. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Oh crap.

  61. Josh

    April 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Why was that not a strike before that hit?

  62. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Walks are a killer.

  63. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Whew! OK: time for those bats to bail out Figeroa.

  64. Jeff

    April 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    First off Kendrick will never be a starter in this league. He can carry Docs jock all day, He is terrible. Hamels is a one hit wonder. No doubt about it. Also the lineup should be vic, rollins….If the Phillies are not scoring 6 or better every night and doc is not pitching. THEY LOSE.

  65. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Ok. Time for the Big O to do its thing again

  66. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Hey….Jeff and his sour attitude decided to pay us a visit.

  67. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    JROLL!!!! Glad Perlozzo had the good sense to stop the runner this time.

  68. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Lay off Perlozzo…it was a mistake…..he’s really a very good 3rd base coach….better than Steve Smith was, in my opinion.

    ——-

    C’mon, Polly!!

  69. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Oy.

  70. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Let’s hold them here and get it done in the 9th.

  71. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I hate days when we just can’t get that one hit. And today is one of those days, believe you me.

  72. teejvee

    April 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    tick…..tick….tick….

    How much longer for Ibanez?

    He just looks soooooo overmatched. Nice guy, nice first half,but I think father time has caught up.

  73. MikeB.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Zimmerman is a good hitter and probably can get a hit of of any pitcher but Figueroa made a mistake in serving him up a fastball.

  74. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    That wasn’t pretty, but any play you can walk away from…

  75. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Great start Chase!!!! Now let’s manufacture a run and tie this bitch up.

  76. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    UTLEY!!! OK, guys, get out your brooms, let’s sweep these Gnats!

  77. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    No DP’s please.

  78. MikeB.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I agree with teejvee in regards to Ibanez. Wonder how long they will stay with him until Francisco plays? I am sure that they will keep Dominic Brown down at AAA for further seasoning and to allow him to play full time before they decide to bring him up. I get the feeling that Ibanez is not going to make it back.

  79. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Ok Ibanez….at least get a sac fly.

  80. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Nice long sac ties it up, guys…

  81. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Argh.

  82. teejvee

    April 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    sad.

  83. Mulvi

    April 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    C’mon Raul!

  84. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I doubt they give up on Ibanez this year unles she hovers around 200. He is under contract for next year as well.

  85. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    C’mon, Vic. Nothing stupid up there.

  86. Tracey

    April 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Bleh. Oh well, 159 games to go.

  87. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Well….that was stupid. Oh well.

  88. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Tough game….but hardly one to get all excited about.

  89. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Werth, Ibanez and Vic, none of them even tried to work a deep count. Pretty weak.

    Can’t win them all but they could have won this one.

  90. Keegan

    April 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    1/14 w/ RISP.

    Need I say more?

  91. BurrGundy

    April 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Clutch hitting was the cause of the loss….not the bullpen. Damn. Too many runners not enough scorers. The bottom of the lineup really stunk and Ibanez looks too old, too slow and out of gas. Let Francisco start in Houston. Something is wrong with Raul. I hope it isn’t age, as that is a condition that has no cure.

  92. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    So who gets the Jeltz? Plenty of candidates I guess.

  93. MikeB.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Has Manuel ever heard of the bunt? All those runners left on base. Should have been a win today. Exactly, Ed R.; no patience at the plate. Now it is on to Houston where the Phillies have not historically played well to face Hunter Pence, the Phillies killer and the rest of the ‘Stros.

  94. WFC010

    April 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Ehh, not the ending we hoped for…but it could have been a LOT worse. Kendrick looked great for a while, but he struggled at the beginning and end of his outing, and then the Bullpen effed up the rest of the way.

    Oh well, tomorrow is VS Houston with Happ pitching for us. Let’s hope he can do better than Kendrick did!

  95. Mulvi

    April 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Ed R., Werth worked a full count in his last AB and only had 3 doubles. PATHETIC! I also like all the Ibanez concern 3 games into the season. They lost one they should have won. It sucks but these guys are resilient and it’s no reason to worry. Raul up until last year was always a guy who turned it on late. I’m pissed he couldn’t get us a damn sac fly but oh well. Let’s get a month in before we start worrying about Raul.

  96. John

    April 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    You’re right, keegan. The pen did their job, but, 1/14 RISP isn’t going to win many games. Scoring 5 was actually not bad consididering the lack of clutch hitting. Not sure I want Figueroa pitching 2 innings, though in his defense, Zimmerman placed that blooper perfectly.

  97. Chuck

    April 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    With Vic….at least in that final at-bat he didn’t swing at the first pitch like he seems to do all the time. THAT would have really pissed me off.

    ——

    Let’s go to Houston and take 2 of 3.

  98. teejvee

    April 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Bunt whom?
    Werth?

    He had 3 doubles already. And he dang near had 4. And he got the runner over anyway.

    For Ibanez. nuf said.

  99. Ed R.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Mulvi, I was talking about Werth’s final at bat, not his day in general. Obviously he was one of the bright spots in the line up today.

  100. WFC010

    April 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    All I know is Atlanta better lose tonight, we can’t let those bastards get a better record than us…even if it’s only for a day!

  101. riccaboni

    April 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Pen looked good, very winnable game. There’s always tomorrow!

  102. WFC010

    April 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    The game was very winnable, which PISSES ME OFF even more!

    There was no excuse with the amount of baserunners we had on.

  103. Cosmo

    April 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

    PBR! I think you just lost all credibility

  104. Mickey Sharabi

    May 31, 2010 at 3:11 am

    I just love all Johnny Depp’s movies…Pirates of the Carribean, Edward Scissor Hands, Sweeney Todd and the latest one Alice in Wonderland was awesome!

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