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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (33-38) vs. (38-31)

Philadelphia Phillies (33-38) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (38-31)

Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29 ERA) vs. James Shields (7-4, 3.72)

Time: 4:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clouds, 88
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Nothing like a rain delay/postponement to bring back some great memories between the Phillies and the Rays.  Cole Hamels was probably sitting on the bench last night during the delay thinking ‘Man, they would have made me pitch.’

Instead, the game was called and it will be Kyle Kendrick, not Cliff Lee, starting today for the Phillies.  The Phils will hold off on Lee, who will mostly likely take the hill tomorrow.  Kendrick is 0-3 with a 9.00 in his last three starts.  He has bad outings in bunches this season, so hopefully he snaps out of it today.

The Phillies took two out of the three in their last series against Rockies, but have dropped 13 of 18.

James Shields will pitch for the Rays, and he’s coming off two starts against the Marlins where he threw a combined fourteen innings, giving up just one earned run and twelve hits. In the two starts prior, however, he posted a 8.18 ERA.

Shields was the starting pitcher in the Rays lone win against the Phillies in the 2008 World Series.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 1B, Polanco 3B, Mayberry CF, Martinez 2B, Kendrick P

Your Gameday Beer: The Phils playing a Florida team so we’ll go with a Florida beer. Landshark is brewed by Anheuser Busch and the new king of Florida, Jimmy Buffet. It seems to be a direct competitor to Corona – the beers look similar in appearance and are really only palatable when they’re ice cold and you’re burning in the sun. So if you’re lucky enough to be in that climate, have some spicy Thai food tonight. -By Brian

Go Phillies!

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  1. buffy08210

    June 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I enjoy the beer hints, but wouldn’t hard liquor choices be more appropriate? I would start with Kracken spiced rum. It puts even the better Captain Morgan to shame. I see Goslins is marketing two bottles of ginger beer with their black rum for Dark and Stormies, an appropriate swill for last night.

  2. chuck schreiber

    June 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    We have an awfully hard time getting someone home from third base with less than 2 outs, but an AL pitcher has no problem. Go figure.

  3. Dipsy

    June 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Are we done yet with Kendrick. He is terrible. He sucks big ck…He is the worst the pitcher in baseball. Bring up a young kid. Kendrick go away you son of a scum

  4. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    WHEE! ! And we’re back in the game!

  5. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    And here we are again… can we score a run with a runner on 3rd and 2 outs?

    • chuck schreiber

      June 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Two outs??? We can’t do it with 1 out (Wiggy ko) but the AL pitcher (Shields) was able to do it.

  6. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    No. No, we cannot.

  7. Dave P

    June 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Non-game related – Jamie Moyer released by Orioles as per his request. Would you consider taking Moyer over Kendrick in your rotation, slotting Kendrick back in the long relief role?

  8. chuck schreiber

    June 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Don’t see why not. Rube should sign him for 3 yrs at 10 a year. What do you think Andrew??

    • Dave P

      June 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      I don’t know if that’s overpaying enough to be a Rube move.

  9. Brooks

    June 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I just got in, saw Jimmies HR that landed in the camera well just in front of my seats that I gave away today! oye! I hope my friends caught the ball but it looked like they ducked!
    I’m glad KK is out of the game, he did not look like he was going to hold any lead… 9 base runners in 4 innings? bleh

  10. Brooks

    June 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    There is still very livid hate in my bones for Frankenstein
    SOB, rotten SOB

    • chuck schreiber

      June 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      ???? Story and who’s Frankenstein?

    • schmenkman

      June 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm


      By the way, it didn’t show up in the “recent comments” for some reason, but I replied to your comment about the LAME offense in the Victorino thread.

      • Brooks

        June 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        I replied to your reply as well

      • schmenkman

        June 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        I don’t see anything after 2:03 pm, but ok.

  11. Lefty

    June 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Wow, not a single Juan Pierre comment?

  12. Brooks

    June 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    When Matsui first came up, his nickname for some reason was Frankenstein, I suppose because of his dire good looks?

    What a shot by Juan – I was just looking at his career stats – he has never hit more than .326 in a season nor does he hit with any kind of power – awesome job. And thanks for leaving Shields in for us!

    • Brooks

      June 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      When Hidecki first came over from Japan that is

    • schmenkman

      June 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      I think you mean “Godzilla”.

      • Brooks

        June 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        You are right, I gave him the nickname Frankenstein, not the press – it was Godzilla. I have been calling him Frankenstein for years now, mostly because he looks like a perfect Japanese Frankenstein – Godzilla it was

      • Brooks

        June 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        You’re right, I have been calling him Frankenstein for years but he was dubbed Godzilla. Regardless, what he did to the Phils in 2009 was a crime against society

  13. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    WOW! Nice hustle!

  14. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    OK, no outs, RISP, what do you think? Will we score a run?

  15. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    WHEE!!! Yes, we do!

  16. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    WHEW! That was scary!

  17. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Ruh roh…

  18. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm


  19. bacardipr

    June 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    They should send Martinez down to AAA. The guy is basically useless out there right now as far as offense goes anyways.

  20. Mazinman

    June 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    So Thome CAN do it as a pinch hitter!!!

    • Jeff Dowder

      June 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Well, he did today. That now makes him 1 for 12 on the season as a pinch hitter though. He’s hitting .218 lifetime as a pinch hitter.

  21. Tracey

    June 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    (GASP!!!!!!!!!!!) I don’t believe it! PHILS WIN!!!!

  22. chuck schreiber

    June 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Wow. Wonderful, Big Jim

  23. Mazinman

    June 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Brownie points to Larry for calling it.


    June 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    You gotta love Big Jim Thome !!!! First ballot Hall-of-Famer. Too bad the Phils won’t help him get a ring this year.

  25. Lefty

    June 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    The Phillies are NOT IN LAST PLACE anymore!

    Not something we’re used to celebrating around here, but it’s step in the right direction.

  26. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Awesone win today! How about Juan Pierre? Gentleman Jim? J-roll? Great job boys! The offense, despite the abysmal RISP with two outs, is doing well, but we need to shore up the bullpen and lose KK. I’m with C Schreiber – bring up a minor leaguer and move him back to long relief. Roy heal soon, son. We need ya!

  27. psujoe

    June 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Sounds simple, but in series and this team can claw it’s ay back into contention when the troops arrive. However, I’d really like to see cole and Cliff go deep and throw gems tomorrow and get the series sweep. A great day when the Mets, Braves and Marlins lose coupled with a Phillies win.

    Need BP help, now if you want to stay relevant. 3 down for the season is a tough Pill.

  28. brooks

    June 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    You’re talking sweetness psujoe – nice if it could happen but

    • psujoe

      June 24, 2012 at 12:25 am

      They need BP help big time and soon. I’m not deep into the sabermetrics, but, to me, it’ clear the BP is underperforming big as to be expected with all the injuries. RAJ needs to step up and get a low costing stable BP arm a team has no intention of resigning, maybe 2.

      Honestly, I fear this owner group fears the ‘optics’ of going over the luxury tax more than the financial impact(purely speculation).

  29. bacardipr

    June 24, 2012 at 1:30 am

    They do need bullpen help. I dont know about 2 but if they can get one good guy in the mix i think they will be much better. Rube couldnt have predicted Stutes and Herndon going down. Too much was riding on Contreras as well. Putting so much faith in Contreras was a real risky move by Rube. It unfortunately didnt work out. The minor league guys arent panning out so far. The only upside is Valdes has been a decent job in his limited innings pitched. However one has to wonder how long he can keep it up. This is still a team riddled with injuries and inconsistent play. Counting on 2 guys to come back and turn the tide. One suffering a progressive debilitating injury. Another coming off major surgery who looked to be on the downside of things before his injury occurred.

  30. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

    @Schmenkman: that was the stat I was implying! : )

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