2011 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (18-9) vs Nationals (14-14)

Washington Nationals (14-14) at Philadelphia Phillies (18-9)

Livan Hernandez (3-2, 3.23 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 78
TV: CSN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

As the Phillies barely made it out of Arizona and lost a tough one to the Mets in 14 innings, they finished off the week playing .500 ball.

For the visiting Nationals they will be trying to get over the .500 hump tonight against the Phils.  Too bad for the Nats, they have only won nine times in 36 games playing at Citizens Bank Park.  They’ve lost four in a row on the road against the Phillies.

Cole Hamels is on the mound tonight pitching on normal rest but in Roy Oswalt’s spot in the rotation.  Oswalt took some personal time from the team to check on his family during the deadly tornados that hit near his home in Mississippi last week.  Roy #2 should be back Thursday to throw a bullpen session to get back on track.

Hamels has faired well against Washington going 9-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 115.1 innings.  He will be facing off against a pitcher who been pretty stingy with the runs this season as well.  In his last start against the Phillies, Livan Hernandez gave up only one run, a Ryan Howard homer, in 6 2/3 innings.  Howard has five hits against the righty, three of those being home runs.  Placido Polanco, who just plain hits, is hitting .365 against Hernandez and will look to extend his 11 game hit streak tonight.  He is hitting .429 during the streak.

Charlie Manuel has stirred the pot once again with his line up.  Jimmy Rollins will be back in the lead off spot tonight with Polanco falling back to the three spot.  Having Polly there will give him more RBI chances and will enable the Phillies to capitalize on more scoring chances.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Francisco RF, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Schneider C, Hamels P

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Whirlwind Witbier
Tonight we have a gentle offering by Victory. This classic German Witbier is supremely drinkable on any evening, especially a rainy one like today. The flavor is comprised by wheat malt and yeast with notes of orange zest, coriander, and clove. Essentially, it’s another more sophisticated version of Blue Moon, if you fancy those. If you can find some fresh shellfish, like a bushel of crabs, have that with it. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  1. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    How is the washington major league baseball team not named the Senators?
    they really started it all off wrong by not using Senators.
    All been downhill since then.
    If Strassburg doesnt drasiticly change his delivery ( they say it will cost him 5 MPH)
    He will have less of a major league career than Mark Prior. Either way they are screwed there.
    Bryce Harper will be great I think. They were on the right track I thought.
    Until they grossly overpaid for Werth.
    ALA Jason Bay

  2. tavian

    May 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Why isn’t Manuel starting Gload in left field instead of Ibanez? Is this guy hard headed or incredibly loyal to a fault to his older players. This is getting silly. WAKE UP CHARLIE. Give Ibanez a few days off. START GLOAD against righties, Mayberry against lefties. How many times must I tell you? CHEESE !@!!@#4!

    Why isn’t Charlie listening to me ????

    • jane

      May 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      2 doubles…….

  3. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Ryan Zimmermann had his surgery today is out 6 weeks.
    the Senators line up minus him is a pretty scary site.
    Larouche and Morse hitting 4th and 5th

    Espinoza, desmond ,werth, larouche, Morse ,Hairston jr ,Rodriguez , Bixler?, Hernandez

  4. Beer

    May 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Just gotta say that a Witbier is traditionally a belgian style of beer. Just sayin

  5. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    The only thing the Senators line up is missing is Ibanez.

  6. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    .217 .245 .233 .189 .216 .200 .227 .000 .111

    wow
    I didnt knwo it was that bad.

  7. Dropped Strike Three

    May 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I’m marking today as the day Cole Hamels drops his ERA below 3.00 and never sees 3 again (probably wishful thinking!)

  8. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    lets go phillies!!!!

    • Andrew from waldorf

      May 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Good to see you Jay

  9. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    you to andrew…..

  10. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    lets see if we can score with jimmy back leading off…

  11. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Jayson handled it classy

    the A-HOLEs booing

    give us all a bad name

    those of you cheering and clapping bravo

  12. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    NASTY COLE!!

  13. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Despite Ibanez this is probably the best line up 1 2 3 4 5 the old man can pencil in right now.

  14. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Phils hitting .217 last 19 games

    thats will polanco on pace for 260 hits this year

  15. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    CHASE COMING BACK IN A FEW WEEKS WILL HELP…

  16. Pat Gallen

    May 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Ugly start for Rollins, Victorino. They just do not work counts.

  17. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    THATS TRUE PAT….

  18. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    The Nationals play by play guy. Carpenter? One of the worst out there.
    Really harps on the bandbox and how small the park plays. Even worse than the Mets idiot ( hernandez)
    Its funny to me how many of the announcers for other teams are so clueless.
    About the Phillies about the park and about baseball in general

  19. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    0-35

    Whats the record for a non pitcher?

    Maybe we can get a record out of this

  20. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Raul Ibanez is hitless in his last 35 at-bats. Ties Joe Morgan (0-for-35 in 1983) for Phillies’ longest hitless streak since 1973.

  21. Pat Gallen

    May 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Heard the record for a non-pitcher is 0 for 44, forget the gents name though.

  22. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Scratch that: Ibanez and Morgan tied for second longest streak since 1973. Desi Relaford was 0 for 36 in 1998

  23. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    COLE LOOKS GOOD….

  24. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    cole with the 3 bagger!

    Jimmy up in another RBI situation lol

    sitting on 5

  25. Tracey

    May 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    WTF??? HAMELS got a TRIPLE???

  26. Frank Riccard

    May 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Cole ropes a triple!!!

    If Ibanez doesn’t get a fucking hit tonight, they should just have him start selling crab fries at CBP instead of playing.

  27. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    new name

    JIMMY RBI

  28. Tracey

    May 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    WOO HOO!!! JRoll back batting first and gets an RBI… by batting in Hamels!

  29. Frank Riccard

    May 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    C-Ham and J-Roll!!!

    Cole got a triple!

    If Ibanez doesn’t get a hit tonight I say they have him start selling crab fries during games to earn his keep.

  30. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    3 straight hits.

    love the line up

  31. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The last triple hit by a Phillies pitcher was Cory Lidle, April 29, 2006

    • Andrew from waldorf

      May 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      RIP

  32. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    WOW-NICE PLAY POLLY!!

  33. Pat Gallen

    May 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    All you have to do is wait on this guy Livan.

  34. Frank Riccard

    May 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    RAUUUUULLLL!!! FINALLY!!!

  35. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    yea yea yea

    now retire.

    🙂

  36. Tracey

    May 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL!!!
    Ah… That feels good after so long…

  37. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Livan Hernandez has a lot of charachter and is a winner
    Calling the manager out because he doesnt want to walk Howard.

    Guy slike that are good for baseball and hes a professional

  38. Pat Gallen

    May 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Raul in a big spot here. Gotta see some pitches.

  39. Pat Gallen

    May 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Ahh first pitch swinging. How dare he!

  40. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I told him to retire after the hit.

    Got to leave on a good note.

  41. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    The next one may not be untill august

  42. Jay aka Phillyboy

    May 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    GOT SOMETHING GOING NOW!

  43. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    had

  44. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Evening all!

  45. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    2-1 phils

    this is bad because it should be 5-1

    and the nats suck and now have to worry

  46. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    You are right Andrew the Nats announcers are so lame

  47. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Nice Changeup and Fastball combo

  48. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    FP is OK
    Dibble was better

    but the play by play guy literally is clueless. I get the feeling he never watched baseball or played it before being the play by play guy

  49. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I hope they bring in Coffey I love seeing a fellow fatso running in from the bullpen
    Hope he doesnt stroke out

  50. Pat Gallen

    May 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    It’s kinda funny, I have Wheels over my shoulder in the press box commenting once in a while. Like im in front of the TV.

    • Andrew from waldorf

      May 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      lucky you.
      Congrats on resisting the urge to reach out and touch the hair hat.
      I know I couldnt resist

      I have come to enjoy and like Wheeler for his goofiness. And that hes our guy.

      As a broadcaster leaves something to be desired.
      But I am old school and like my broadcasters to have at least somewhat a broadcasting voice.

  51. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Carpenter is horrible play by play.

    Dibble was good gave and honest perspective which is what Washington Sports needs. A big Band Wagoning town.

    Going to a Nats game is interesting cause the stadium is nice, just has no history nor does the franchise. They have pictures of Cy Young and Ty Cobb cause they just don’t have much history other than Walter Johnson, Goose Goslin and Frank Howard all Senators. They have Gary Carter and Andre Dawson in there Hall of Fame and most of the fans younger ones of course have no clue who they were or are.

    Its like going to a AAA game with the Stadium DJ trying to get the fans involved by giving out rewards for being the most spirited fan, the only fun thing at a Nationals game other than seeing the Phillies cheap is the Presidents race!

    • Andrew from waldorf

      May 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      I goto a few phillies-Senators games every year.
      Its a phillies crowd to me.

      Washington is a bad sports town.
      They mean well. They arent horrible people like NY or boston fans.
      But they just dont understand sports at all.

      Its a city were people move here and then move away.
      So they tend to be bandwagon fans.

      I am monitoring the caps they are losing again

    • Brooks

      May 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Agreed Jeff – the stadium is nice but confused. Big posters of players that never played there – big hopes that’s all they have

  52. Tracey

    May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLL!!!!

    …but really, that was mostly Washington playing like crap

  53. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    That was a joke

    that counts as a hit? good for Raoul

  54. Tracey

    May 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Have I mentioned lately how much I love Juan Samuel? He did a great job sending Howard.

  55. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    The Washington Announcers were saying that Raul were saying the same thing

  56. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Samuel does appear better than perrlozzo
    But really for fans like us it is hard to tell exactly what is going on in some situations

    • Tracey

      May 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      I’ve seen Perlozzo send too many people when they were dead ducks. And I’ve seen him hold too many people when the other team wasn’t even trying to throw home. I haven’t seen Samuel make a serious boner yet.

  57. Tracey

    May 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Wow… nicely turned!

  58. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    That is clearly why you resign Jimmy Rollins

  59. Tracey

    May 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Woo hoo! It’s definitely Hamels’ night!!!

  60. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    That was a hell of a cut by Hamels

  61. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    They cant resign all the old guys is all I am saying.

    I just think Jimmy should be hitting down in the at some point and you keep him around for the glove.

    IMO hes worth a good bit of money just for the glove the charachter and what he brings to the locker room.

  62. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    This is the Nats they have a tendency to make Cole Hamels look like Babe Ruth and give Raul Ibanez thoughts of catching and surpassing the Mendoza line.

  63. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Agree on not resigning everyone, but as you said Rollins brings so much.

    Raul needs to be done. Let Mayberry play everyday.

  64. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Wow I just can’t get over how horrible the Nats broadcasting team is

  65. Jeff of Nova

    May 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Great game by Cole…..

    Always nice to pitch well against a AAA lineup!!

  66. Lefty

    May 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    WoooooooHooooooo!!!

  67. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    the Braves and Marlins announcers are REALLY bad too.

    The Senators play by play guy seems like hes never seen the sport before is all.

    Jason Marquiz vs Vance worley tomorrow

    Should be interesting

    We need to get these easy wins in the bank. Cause ti wont always be this easy schedule wise

  68. Lefty

    May 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    What’s up with little Roy?
    Andrew the Marlins Cards game is really good. Bases loaded -pitching change

    Really glad that most of the fans Gave Jayson a standing O

    Cole is magnificent

  69. Lefty

    May 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Giants threatening, 6-6 in the ninth v Mutts

  70. Lefty

    May 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    That’s a weird line – Liriano No hitter w/ 6 walks- ChiSox are really bad

  71. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Got Marlins Cards game on. Didnt see you around tongiht Lefty.

    Florida is for real

    I actually thought the Braves would get a boost from losing Cox.
    But you cant win with below avg players at C and 2b,
    I believe that

  72. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Deskellso with the 3 run shot
    for the cards
    Shouldnt be a no hitter if more than 3 walks

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