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2010 Gameday

Gameday: Cubs (19-22) at Phillies (24-15)

Chicago Cubs (19-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-15)

Tom Gorzelanny, RHP (2-4, 3.49 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton, RHP (1-2, 5.49 ERA)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Sunny, 76

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Twitter: @philliesnation

In their matinee matchup with the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies have a couple of things going for them. One is that today’s starter for the Cubs, Ryan Dempster, pitches with the appendage on the right side of his torso, not the left. After being held to one run combined the past two nights by Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny, the last thing the Phillies want to see is another lefty.

Dempster is having a strange season. He’s pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts and his ERA is a respectable 3.49, but he’s just 2-4 to show for it. In fact, he’s gone seven innings in each of his last four starts – and lost all of them. The problem is a lack of run support; the Cubs scored a total of 10 runs in those four games, dropping three of them by one run.

During his career, Dempster has been smacked around by the Phillies. He hasn’t beaten them as a starter since 2001, with a 1.62 WHIP, 4.99 ERA and .272 BAA. The only area where his numbers are OK is wins and losses (4-4).

After all the talk of the Phillies finally getting their lineup fully back with the return of Jimmy Rollins on Monday, it hasn’t resulted in much success – mainly because the lineup still wasn’t really together until Wednesday (Chase Utley sat out Monday and Tuesday with flulike symptoms). And today Werth and Ruiz will get a rest. So the wait for the varsity Phillies lineup to put it all together will have to wait for the Red Sox series this weekend.

Today’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Rollins (SS), Ibanez (LF), Gload (RF), Hoover (C), Blanton (P)

Hop ExplosionYour Gameday Beer – Hop Explosion

The Phils are in dire need of an offensive explosion, so let’s drink to that. Brewed in Bethlehem, Hop Explosion is not too widely available outside of the Lehigh Valley but as the name hints, it’s an IPA. There are some citrus flavors but they’re completely overpowered by the intensely bitter hops. This beer is certainly an acquired taste, but so is curried goat, so have the two together and pray for better meals and games ahead. – By Brian




  1. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    F*ck yea Jimmy!

  2. BurrGundy

    May 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Stupid pitching management by the Phils……Seventh inning, one out ,bases loaded — nobody warming up in the bullpen. Stupid.

  3. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    phillies nation out on a field trip??

  4. The Original Chuck P

    May 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I completely forgot there was a day game today…

  5. BurrGundy

    May 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Bastardo looked good for two pitches. THEN, THUNDER. This guy has potential as a relief pitcher. I cannot condemn Cholly for putting him in the game. Experience is important, too, for a young pitcher.

  6. The Original Chuck P

    May 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    What Burr??? How dare you not ridicule Charlie Manuel… rule number one on this site is you take every chance you can get to say I told you so.

  7. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Can’t blame uncle chuck on this one…

  8. The Original Chuck P

    May 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm


    Where’s Corey? Didn’t we predict he was turning the corner??

  9. glutenous

    May 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Let’s go contreras close it down!

  10. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hell yea RAUUUUUUUULLLL!!!!!!!

  11. The Original Chuck P

    May 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    There is something terrifying about seeing Soriano at the plate holding that monstrous bat with a chance to tie this thing…

  12. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    INJURY DELAY? Wtf someone explain!

  13. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Stop fouling off pitchers Soriano… who do you think you are? WERTH?

  14. Chuck

    May 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Not sure what’s up with this site lately…

    Lot’s of “down for site maintenance”.

    And, what’s the deal with the Ashurn/Jeltz awards? Not timely at all….and bogus awards to “The Phillies offense”??? Just think that ONE individual should get it it for each game. My opinion for what’s it’s worth…


    The game???…… Let’s go Contreras!! Need a win!!

  15. Scott in D.C.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Good Lord.

  16. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Chuck, I think a virus has taken over the hosts of this site or something like that… hence, everything is crazy.

  17. Chuck

    May 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Contreras is making me antsy!!!!!

  18. Chuck

    May 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm


  19. Scott in D.C.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Put it in play or miss, for God’s sake!

  20. The Original Chuck P

    May 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Brutal at bat…

  21. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Are we gonna lose again??!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH

  22. glutenous

    May 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Yep. Loking like a BS is coming.

  23. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    K that kid and get the DP.. This is how we do it.

  24. Scott in D.C.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Well, I got my wish. Too nice of day to watch extra innings. Screw it.

  25. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Or can Werth get the out at home on his bday??

  26. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Nice… we needed that K… Now a DP!!

  27. Scott in D.C.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Keep it out of the outfield, still have a shot.

  28. Chuck

    May 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Contreras really isn’t all that sharp. C’mon, Jose!!

  29. Chuck

    May 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm


  30. glutenous

    May 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Oooh man he might get out of this with a save. Knock on wood.

  31. glutenous

    May 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm


  32. Chuck

    May 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm


    FIST PUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Scott in D.C.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I’m watching on, but no update. What happened?

  34. Chuck

    May 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    THAT was a tough…..but MUCH-needed win! Bring on the BoSox!!

  35. joedad

    May 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Yeah, no update for the last 5 min…looks like a win though

  36. glutenous

    May 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    DOUBLE FIST PUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Scott in D.C.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Someone with eyes — how’d the last two outs go down?

  38. glutenous

    May 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    It was first and third with no outs, contreras then proceded to strike two guys out and get a popup into foul territory for the win.

  39. BurrGundy

    May 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Exciting game. Damn good to see Raul with the winning clutch hit. And, I must admit that Contraras brought back memories of Mitch Williams without the walks. I think he will be good as a closer. Great to get the win. Guess I need to go pray at my Cholly Manuel Shrine and beg forgiveness for criticizing him.. Who the hell do I think I am anyway. The world is good, the colors are bright again, the Phils win.

  40. Scott in D.C.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Cool. The guy knows how to get out of jam — even ones he gets himself into.

  41. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm


  42. BurrGundy

    May 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    For those who are spelling perfectionists — I know it is “Contreras.”

  43. Terri

    May 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    is anyone watching the braves games. talk about a meltdown by the Red.

  44. Manny

    May 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm


  45. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    this one had to hurt for cubs fans. 1/3rd no out against a pitcher they owned and they get the big goose egg. haha… no cubs no!

  46. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    braves down 9-6 in 9th i think

  47. NJ

    May 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Considering Contreras was pretty much the last serious guy brought in as really just an insurance policy where would the Phillies be right now without him…?

    This front office is doing an incredible job probably better than any other team at filling out the roster.

  48. Psujoe

    May 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Come on Cordero

  49. NJ

    May 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    It’s amazing Hendry still has his job in Chicago… I think it was Keith Law who said the Cubs can’t win with Marlon Byrd as the everyday CF, partially true.

    Surely they’ll finally realize they can’t win with that roster and mentality and dismantle that roster this off-season.

  50. Terri

    May 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    the braves just won. scored 8 in the bottom of the 9th

  51. Psujoe

    May 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Grand slam braves win. Of dropped it over the wall

  52. Psujoe

    May 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    He was out of the base path. They should appeal

  53. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    and that’s why they’re the cin. reds… nice win atlanta… but the braves are still no real threat to the Phillies… and they know it..

  54. Brooks

    May 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Anyone not been impressed by the pitching of late?
    In the last 5 starts (3-2 W-L) our starters have gone 37.2 innings, given upu 29 hits and 11 runs, have walked only 7 batters and struck out 23 while giving up 4 hrs (all solo shots). That’s an impressive ERA of just over 2.66.
    I know, not the most impressive stats due to the level of competition but, hopeful at least. And damn good pitching. I’d rather take 2 losses like those we just had rather than be outscored. At least we know that our pitching has done its job and nobody is worried that the offense has just fallen off the earth.

  55. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    The Nets knew owner is freakin hilarious. we will nba championship one yr five.. probably…. yeah sure

  56. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    the pitching has been impressive. moyer’s gotta be on roids..

  57. The Original Chuck P

    May 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Hanson gives up 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings and the Reds blow a 6 run lead in the bottom of the 9th… ridiculous.

    I would classify Contreras as “effectively wild” today. He didn’t have his best stuff (he had no command of his off speed stuff) but he made it work. I could hardly watch…

    Pitching has been great and Happ-ster has been throwing bullpen sessions this week (hopefully returning some time in June)… got the mojo risin.

  58. NJ

    May 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    The pitching is very much like the hitting for the Phillies, it’s either electric or anemic. I know most teams fans do say that but the Phils staff does assemble incredible numbers in streaks.

  59. BurrGundy

    May 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Hats off to Joe Blanton. I cannot help but wish we had a stronger bullpen, and maybe he would have won the game. Nevertheless, I am a happy camper and hope we pound to Red Sox.

  60. Repeat!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    actually Blanton was his own worst enemy after the J-roll hr. he got the 3 run lead and he had a very low pitch count as the top 7th began. he got a little wild and he got hit a little bit. i think charlie really wanted to keep him in. of course the bad call lead to the 3rd run being scored by the Cubs. Howard’s error on that pop up cost him another run. All in all Joe pitched well of course.

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