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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (37-51) at Rockies (34-52)

Philadelphia Phillies (37-51) vs. Colorado Rockies (34-52)

Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05)

Time: 8:10, Coors Field
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Vance Worley will try to get the Phillies their first win after the All Star break when he takes the mound tonight in Colorado. Though Worley has excellent career numbers against the Rockies (2.25 ERA), he’s never pitched at the notoriously pitcher-unfriendly Coors Field, which has a tendency to chew up young pitchers and spit them out. Can Vanimal handle the challenge of pitching in the thin air of the Rocky Mountains? We’ll find out tonight.

On the mound for the Rockies will be career-underachiever Jeremy Guthrie. Though Guthrie has never really lived up to his potential as a pitcher, he has had a field day in the ten innings he’s pitched against the Phillies, as his career 0.90 ERA when facing them indicates.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ruiz C, Pence RF, Pierre LF, Fontenot 3B, Worley P

Coors Original

Your Gameday Beer – Coors Original

In the spirit of this mile-high series, sip on a can of original Coors as you witness the Phillies hit the road. The “Banquet Beer,” as it’s known, is 5 percent ABV and is the oldest of the Coors beers. Buy a six-pack, eat some steak and potatoes with it, and be sure to dispose of the cans by stepping on them, just as the Phils will hopefully do to the Rockies tonight. – By Pat
Go Phillies!

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  1. Lefty

    July 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Charlie, Charlie, Charlie. He’s batting Jimmy first and Pierre 7th. – I guess desperate times call for desperate, …. something.

    All we can do is hope it works, nothing else seems to.

  2. brooks

    July 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Guthrie is probably one of the worst starters in the league in a hitting friendly environment of Coors Field.
    Well, can we expect another 2 run effort?

    • Ken Bland

      July 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Nah, I expect them to play pretty well tonight. These skids don’t last forever, and you get into an opponent like the Rockies, weak as they are, and they’ll be okay. I expected more last night, but I think the negativity was an overreaction based on the continuation of the end of H1.
      So, we’ll see, but I think they play a pretty clean game tonight, and win.

      • brooks

        July 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        Looking pretty prophetic Ken!
        Guthrie really is a terrible pitcher

  3. Dave P

    July 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Shane should be batting 7th. That’s the bottom line.

    Though I wouldn’t mind if he proved me wrong tonight…

    • Ken Bland

      July 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Your second sentence looms large as Vic has a good game, including a heads up outfield assist, and 2 well timed hits. Good to see him have a good game.

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    @Lefty: My sentiments exactly!
    @Ken: I hope you are right! (crossing fingers)

  5. Lefty

    July 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I had to laugh, I don’t have the hometown feed tonight. The Rockies announcers said the Phillies fans were cheering Rooooo! after the Chooch HR.


  6. Ken Bland

    July 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    One definition of a clean game is where you take a lead, and you don’t have to stomp on the opponent’s throat, but not let them back in it. That’d be a welcome respite from far too many games so far this year.

  7. Tracey

    July 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Silly me, I noticed at 8 PM that I was out of cat food, and went to the store figuring I wasn’t going to miss anything!

  8. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Chooch! Guy is on a tear! Definitely the MVP for this year. I’m gonna start calling him Chooch Wilson in honor of the mighty Hack Wilson. Go Phils!

  9. Ken Bland

    July 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    That was interesting that Vic squared to bunt on the next to last pitch on that last at bat. Might have been on his own, but if that was from the bench, I’m not sure what the thinking was. Here’s a guy, and an important one you’re trying to shake from a season long stretch of mediocrity, and after a good first at bat, you gotta let him feed off it. A liner to center is how it winds up, and at least it’s something more to feed off as a good connection, even though it ended the inning.

  10. Tracey

    July 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Wow… the Phils are actually looking like a major league team tonight…

  11. Tracey

    July 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Nice catch! But I’d feel a lot more comfortable if we could put up a couple more runs…

    • Ken Bland

      July 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      ere was a series against the Mets I think in May at the Bank, and the Phils lost a lead in Game 1, and lost the game. Same thing in game 2. I don’t even recall the size of the leads, might have been small and early, but the suspicion was it was giving the Mets confidence. By game 3, even with the Phils leading, you knew what was coming. And it did.

      Extra runs would help, because losing this one, against this mediocore club, after a 4 run first would define excruciating. Not to sound paranoid, but this year is what it is.

      • Tracey

        July 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        Excruciating defines this entire season.

  12. psujoe

    July 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    If you’re going to bat Pierre 7th trade him. trade him now while aat least two teams have expressed serious interest. O’s and Redds

  13. Tracey

    July 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm


  14. Ken Bland

    July 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    That’s an inning worth remembering if the Phils lose the game. The chain effect. Inning before, Pierre gets tossed stealing, setting up Worley to lead off the inning, and despite that, they get 2 on, helped by Tracy delaying the lefty until Howard, probably helping Utley get a hit to put the 2 on. and they still couldn’t score.

    4 runs might do it, but you sure can’t bank on it. Gotta seize the chances you can.

  15. Tracey

    July 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm


  16. Tracey

    July 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    OH BABY!!! That’s making me feel a little more comfortable! 🙂

  17. psujoe

    July 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    orioles hve some good prospects and some shitty starting pitching. Blanton would eaasily be intheir top 5 ritation. Blanton, Pierre and some $$$ will get you some good from Baltimore.

    • Ken Bland

      July 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Saavy baseball people like Buck and Duquette would seem foolish to think of Blanton right now. If the trade market thins, then Joe might look more favorable, but why spend chips now when Greinke might wind up available in another 2 weeks. Joe should be considered a Plan C for the time being.

      That list of 2 inquiries for Pierre might double in a couple more weeks. What’s the rush to trade him? And besides, Juan’s got some good offense to talk about, but you just can’t forget his defensive weakness. A buyer has to beware.

      • Psujoe

        July 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

        Good points, but the sooner the Orioles make moves the better for them. I like what RAJ got for Thome. No harm in waiting more, but if a decent deal comes take it.

      • Ken Bland

        July 15, 2012 at 7:43 am

        In reply to PSUJoe, who wrote below here…

        “the sooner the Orioles make moves the better for them. No harm in waiting more, but if a decent deal comes take it.”

        I might have sounded too patient on the O’s participation in the trade market. Essentially, what I was saying was Joe’s not worth rushing to. But that wild card race is tight, and if they scouted him, and saw something positive, maybe it’s sensible. If they are gonna trade earlier than later, I think they’d be better off trying to get Bartolo Colon or oft travelled Kevin Millwood than Joe from a list of less than ideal candidates, but their scouts might think differently.

  18. Ken Bland

    July 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I’d guess the main reason Vance was even allowed to hit there was because the Rox were through the Cargo-Cuddyer part of the order.

    Sure worked out. Now an easy 6th would really be ideal. Like 15 pitches or less.

  19. Ken Bland

    July 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Doncha wanna just kill Jake sometimes? He’s so freaking good, but he can be so freaking wild. I don’t know how much he’s regressed over the year, but he sure hasn’t progressed.

    Control of this game is definitely wearing thin.

  20. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    And the ‘pen strikes again! Get that sales plan ready, Ruben!

  21. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    5 outs?

  22. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    July 15, 2012 at 12:31 am

    After the first inning I thought they are off to a great start…..then nothing for several innings and the Rockies started chipping away and I thought Sh*t…not again. And I thought I hope they dont lose tonight but at least it looks like they made a concerted effort to stay in the game and not give up so easily. I enjoyed the game so much more because they put some effort into trying to protect their lead instead of the usual. Go Phillies….keep it up!!!

  23. Brooks

    July 15, 2012 at 6:51 am

    More kudos to Shane – had his first extra base hit, 2 of them last night in over a month.

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