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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (47-57) at Nationals (61-42)

Philadelphia Phillies (47-57) at Washington Nationals (61-42)

Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31 ERA) vs Ross Detwiler (5-4, 3.24 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: 87, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

When you’re a team sitting 12 games out of a playoff spot and have officially declared your season over by trading away two main cogs in your lineup, you’re looking for any kind of motivation to get up for a game. Sweeping a first place team that has made it a point to declare you a rival this season is one of those rare instances where motivation won’t be hard to come by. That’s right, tonight the Phillies have a chance to earn a small victory and deliver a little payback by sweeping the Washington Nationals, who have owned them of late.

If you believe this game doesn’t mean anything to the Phils because, for all intents and purposes, their season is over, I’d suggest otherwise. I think getting a sweep here is important to the Phillies, especially since the Nats have bullied them this season. Because of that, expect them to come out playing hard and performing like the game means something. The Phils will be looking to prove they can compete with the Nats over the rest of the season–they have three series left with them after tonight–and a sweep tonight would help set the tone.

Speaking of people with something to prove, Cole Hamels will be the man on the mound tonight. Now, Hamels has done just about everything he can to prove to people that he’s a bona fide ace. However, in his first start after signing his new mega deal, Hamels delivered one of the worst performances of his career–walking a career-high six guys and allowing three earned runs in just five innings. That effort should give Hamels some motivation to pitch particularly well tonight, as he looks to continue proving he’s worth the dough the Phils ponied up. He’s found the right team to do it against. In two starts against the Nats this season, Hamels is 2-0 with an 0.56 ERA. He’s allowed one run in 16 innings.

The Nats counter with Ross Detwiler. Detwiler has been pretty steady this season. Incidentally, he has yet to face the Phillies in 2012. For his career, he’s 1-3 with a 4.45 ERA. Those numbers, of course, were compiled against a vastly different Phillies lineup than the one he’ll face tonight.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Frandsen 3B, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown LF, Martinez RF, Hamels P.

Gameday Beer: Kona Brewing Co., Koko Brown

Now that Shane Victorino is in L.A., I figured this would be a good time to dedicate a beer selection to all he did for this team over the last five years. What better beer to do that than Koko Brewing’s Hawaiian signature, the Koko Brown? This brown ale sports a complex taste, but is quite drinkable (If you’re looking to pound them down, this beer is a candidate). What makes it special though is the hint of coconut, which comes from the brewing process. It is truly a summertime beer. If you can procure some pulled pork, shish kabob and some pineapple salsa, make a luau out of it. Mahalo! – By RD


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  1. psujoe

    August 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Please pick up a CF from the waiver wire and stop this obsession with Minny Mart. He sucks and is not a major league player.

    • Rick

      August 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      So dumb of them. Why don’t they just play Pierre. He’s way better than Martinez. We could call up a guy from Single A and as long as he’s even remotely good at defense he would be better than Martinez. Anyone of us that is in shape could walk onto the field and provide as much value as Martinez.


    August 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    With Hamels pitching and some timely hitting, we can sweep this series. GO PHILS !!1


    August 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm


    HOLY CRAP !!!!

  4. Jeff

    August 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I am hoping the dodgers put a claim on lee and dare the phillies to let him go for nothing.

    do it and let him go baby

    • Rick

      August 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      This would be the dumbest move ever Jeff. You’d just let Lee go for nothing? Nothing except cap space? What a joke. Lee still has value in a trade and I will quit being a fan if they do such an absurdly dumb move.

  5. Phills nills

    August 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    They see martinez as left vs right match up a match made in hell in my opinion

  6. Jeff

    August 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    shed that huge contract. lee=a waste. let him go. all that money coming off the books. then try someone dumb enough to get howard. oh that would be us.

  7. Ken Bland

    August 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    For whatever the 2012 W-L is worth, this is a good first test of how the club fares against lefties. It figures to be a real soft spot, and is no less so with the problem of before Pence was acquired to at least try to replace Werth.

    But, there are other problems with the lineup, one of which isn’t even discussable since the team did what they wanted to establish CF depth.

    But, being as he’s had 3 terrific offensive games a big leaguer. all of which came in June of last year, watch him tap that low level of skill and shut me up. That’s what contrarian indication is all about. Stranger things have probably happened. Eric Bruntlett must have done something noteworthy at some point. Not stranger, but as strange

  8. Pat Gallen

    August 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Really odd this fascination with Martinez. It’s clear what he is. And the outfield no less, I don’t get it.

    But I guess if there is a time to let him play and see what he can do, it’s right now.

    • Joe

      August 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      I think we know what the results were going to be….he was a 28 yr old rule 5 pick!

  9. Ken Bland

    August 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Thought of something pretty funny, as in funny strange, not funny hilarious when Harper executed the throw from the outfield.

    Just a runner getting tossed on an outfield assist, even if it’s not Samuel’s fault makes me think of all the bashing of Amaro, but time apparently has healed the wound of a move that seemed el cheapo on the surface.

    Letting Davey Lopes go. I wonder how much they miss him.Didn’t strike as one of Ruben’s better moves.

    Looks like Rizzo’s best trade was the one he didn’t make. Adam LaRoche. Nice, steady player.

  10. Jeff Dowder

    August 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    • Lefty

      August 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Jeff D, good piece on my favorite player.

  11. Tracey

    August 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Ugh. This is looking ugly. Every time this team seems to be turning a corner, they hit a brick wall.

  12. Tracey

    August 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    While I was driving home, I heard on the radio that this is Werth’s first game back since breaking his wrist against the Phils earlier this year. I remember that game… Yikes! Has he been out that long? I know it looked bad when it happened.

  13. Joe

    August 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Do we really have no other option than martinez for CF? Shouldnt we at least see if Schierholtz could be an everyday player?

    • Ken Bland

      August 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm


      FWIW, Nate has had a rough year against lefties.

      I’d guess he’ll get minimal chance to show he can actually do better, but his OPS V lefties this year is about .400, off a batting average of 7-48, .146.

      But to answer your question if there’s another option, yes, the wino at the Broad and Dauphin subway stop that asks passersby for coinage could do as well.

  14. Ken Bland

    August 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    As I said yesterday, Martinez is up because the Phillies think he adds depth in center field. There’s a lot of hidden editorializing in wording it that way.

    Waiting for the ball to come to you is an example of why the Phillies are pretty unique in their thinking. I mean, it just gots to be that way, right?

    Truth is, he’s NOT a good defender at any position.

    But he was a TREMENDOUS novelty act in the spring of 2011 when he, Willie Valdez, and Pete Orr all hit .400 plus in Florida, contending for a utility spot.

    Somewhere in that rant must be a touch of overreaction.

  15. Ken Bland

    August 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    One thing about this Washington club, which seems to know what they are doing, and could easily avoid my 2 cents, but all the talk about shutting down Strassburg…they might wanna think about the fact that Bryce Harper is playing a much thicker schedule than ever before. He might give into the wall a lot quicker than Strass’s arm.

    Not sure what the exact answer is, the guy loves to play, but I’d bet Davey rests him some the rest of the way.

    Might have hit a wall at the all-star break.

  16. brooks

    August 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    When you break it all down, this is what we will get and continue to get from Cole Hamels. Sometimes excellent, sometimes mediocre and once in a while terrible. Is he a pedestrian who won the lottery? I think a better than average pitcher that just got paid superstar money.

  17. brooks

    August 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    0 runs and 3 hits after 7. Detwiler has set 14 Phils down in a row, its not looking to promising tonight.

  18. brooks

    August 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    17 down in a row. Not just Detwiler, its a conspiracy!

  19. phills_nills

    August 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    surely something has to be done in the off season about both the GM position and the Head coach position? Mini Mart tonight really? How many nails in the coffin does Rube have? Its becoming tiresome

  20. brooks

    August 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    a baserunner!

  21. phills_nills

    August 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Great at bat Ryan!!! Sure Dom Brown Couldn’t have done worse 3 pitch strike out 3 HITS WOW!! the last two games were just a fluke as said tiresome!

  22. Ken Bland

    August 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Next up is a seemingly focussed Dback squad. 2 back in NL West, with SF @ Colorado, and Dodgers and Cubs for the weekend. Be quite a story if they leave the weekend in first place.
    Kennedy, Saunders, and Cahill. No breaks. Not that its Koufax, Drysdale and Sutton, but its formidable, and Saunders still throws lefthanded. Probably gonna be a tough weekend, maybe get some individual bright spots.

  23. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    The fact that Mini-Mart started in CF is not comprehensible by a rational-based brain. This team baffles logic sometimes. Glad they pinch hit for Dom Brown – MADE NO SENSE! and with Howard no less! End result: 3 pitch strike out. This game an Mini-Mart made me vomit in my mouth in disgust. Get off the acid Phillies.

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