Gameday: Nationals (24-17) vs. Phillies (21-21) – Phillies Nation
2012 Gameday

Gameday: Nationals (24-17) vs. Phillies (21-21)

Washington Nationals (24-17) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-21)

Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22) vs. Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 5.96)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Showers, 65
Media: Twitter and Facebook

As you likely know, Jimmy Rollins is not in the lineup as he celebrates the birth of his first child, a baby girl, with his wife, Johari. Freddy Galvis moves to the other side of second base, Mike Fontenot jumps in for his first start with the Phillies since being recalled.

But, the scariest news of the day belongs to Vance Worley. He’s seeing Dr. James Andrews, according to Ruben Amaro Jr. Never a good sign.

Other than that, Jim Thome is swinging a bat but has not taken fielding practice. Placido Polanco is feeling better and is back in the lineup. Good things, I guess.

For tonight, the Phillies will face Gio Gonzalez. If you’re worried, you should be. With a makeshift order, plus a dominant lefty on the hill in addition to a struggling Kyle Kendrick pitching for the Phils, things could get a little ugly at the Bank. On May 5, Gonzalez gave up one run over seven innings, striking out seven against the Phillies.

Really, the key tonight is Kendrick. If he can keep it close by giving up four runs or less, the Phillies may have a shot.

Lineup: Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Mayberry 1B, Galvis SS, Fontenot 2B, Kendrick P

Your gameday beer: Guinness Black Lager

Tonight is a great night for a darker beer. It’s overcast and crappy. Plus, it’s a bit chilly. Black Lager is warming and isn’t as thick as regular Guinness. Of course, I enjoy the original much more, however, this is really a decent alternative for a more mainstream drink. Would go well with a beef stew. -Pat


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  1. Jeff

    May 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Hope jimmy never comes back. Hope Worley is done. Phillies will
    Make a trade for Kevin youk.

  2. chappdaddy

    May 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I know the strike zone on MLB game day isn’t “official” but all four of those pitches to LaRoche where inside it. This is horrible.

    • chappdaddy

      May 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      As were 3 of the pitches to Espinosa. Must not be a strike against the Nats unless they swing.

  3. Don M

    May 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Hope Jeff the Met fan gets a girlfriend or a hobby so he can stop trolling a Phillies blog with constant nonsense…

  4. bacardipr05

    May 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Most people on most of the blogs hate older players that are near end of there careers in a Philly uniform. Yet the same ones want Youlkis in a Phillie uniform, doesnt make sene.

  5. Jeff

    May 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Don M I am a phillies fan you fool. I m also out with your girl.
    She was not happy with you punk bt

  6. Robin

    May 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Would the owners of this site PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE end their relationship with the lottery company that hijacks attempts to click on internal links.

    I like this site, but am about to stop following because its commercial features have become too annoying.

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      I agree…McAfee is detecting bad things from this site…

  7. Jeff

    May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    God pence is horrible in big spots.

  8. Jeff

    May 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    This has to be the worst team with runners on. Amazing. They are going
    Nowhere. There run is over

  9. Jeff

    May 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Mayberry is horrible on the bases. Ball up the middle he stops.
    Wild pitch he should score. You big.

  10. Andrew from Harrisburg

    May 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Why would you swing 2-0 there? WHY?

  11. Jeff

    May 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    The Nats have made us there b I t ch. base running horrible.

    They are just a bad team.

  12. JohnMatrix

    May 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Nats suck. Phillies Played worse. They run bases as well as a beer league softball team. Piss poor pathetic

  13. BDPhils

    May 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    They fired Milt, Greg Gross should be next……As they say, have to point to someone right???? I know it’s not him, this team hasn’t hit consistently in years. Couple that with terrible base running and we aren’t going anywhere.

  14. Chapps

    May 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    They need to fire Juan Samuel he is even worse than Steve Smith. He has cost them at least 6 runs in the last 4 games alone.

  15. DCmikey

    May 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Everyone complains about players left on the base…yes the Phils are terrible w RLOB, but when your 130 RBI man is out, that’s what happens.

    Ps- do you think ANYONEEEEE tells Hunter to not swing at the first pitch?

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