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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (16-18) vs. Giants (19-14)

sf-giants-11Philadelphia Phillies (16-18) vs. San Francisco Giants (19-14)

RHP Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.24 ERA) v. LHP Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06 ERA)

TIME: 3:45, AT&T Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 54, overcast
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Now this is the Phillies team that fans were hoping for.  Over the past two nights in San Francisco, the Phils have gotten good starting pitching, situational hitting and strong performances from the back-end of their bullpen.  Headed into the season, this team had a variety of question marks.  If they were to compete, they were going to have to win a lot of games exactly like they’ve won the last two.  Today, they go for a sweep of the world champs.

Jonathan Pettibone has been a godsend in place of injured starter John Lannan, with the Phillies winning all three of his starts.  To be fair, the three opponents Pettibone has faced – the Pirates, Mets and Marlins – are all offensively challenged.  But to his credit, Pettibone has kept it simple; minimizing base runners by throwing strikes and forcing the opponent to put the ball in play.  The Giants offense is fifth in the NL in runs, but struggled against Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick and has been streaky all season long.

The Phillies offense has shown signs of life in the City by the Bay, scoring six runs each night using a combination of small ball, two-out hitting and solo home runs.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both hit long home runs on Tuesday night a day after Domonic Brown deposited a Madison Bumgarner offering into McCovey Cove – all solo shots.  That trio has accounted for 19 of the Phillies 30 home runs in 2013.  Now if they can just find a way to get some base runners on for them.  The Phils face Barry Zito on Wednesday afternoon, who, outside of one awful start in Milwaukee, has pitched great this year.

This is the fifth time the Phillies have won two or three in a row.  Each of their first four “win streaks” have been quickly followed by a losing stretch, which is what has made it impossible for the Phils to get to that elusive .500 mark.  Winning two games by identical 6-2 scores is as consistent as it gets.  If they can make it three in a row, on the road against a very good Giants team, Phillies fans will finally have something to get excited about.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Frandsen 1B, M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, D. Young RF, Ruiz C, Mayberry LF, Revere CF, Pettibone P



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  1. Dave P

    May 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Came into the Doc press conference a couple minutes late, but here’s what I have pieced together – bone spur in the shoulder, partially torn rotator cuff. Going to have surgery. Not sure about time table. Bad news bears.

    • Johanna

      May 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      It’s a scope and clean though. I liked how positive and hopeful he sounded. I hope the doctor is right.

      • Dave P

        May 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

        On that last point, you and me both. How much the team needed him this year…

  2. Bart Shart

    May 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    It is good to see Howard resting against Zito, a lefty who can be troublesome to Howard. Fransden is a good substitute and will be more effective than Howard. Hope to see more of this for the benefit of the Phils and Howard.

    • Johanna

      May 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      I agree. Let him come in off the bench if they put in a righty reliever later in the game.

    • DavidE

      May 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Based on how well Howard has done as a pinch hitter in his career, I think its a good strategy to rest him against the pitchers who give him trouble. Against the Mets, he was able to come in off the bench and get a two-run double. It didn’t work today but it wasn’t a bad idea to rest him especially since Frandsen hit a home run off Zito.

  3. Bart Shart

    May 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Seems like Doc is done for the year and should have a long rehab campaign if he is to continue being a successful pitcher.

  4. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Pence only moderately expands his legend as a badball hitter if he swings at that ball4 pitch.

    They get a 3 run lead, and it is gonna be toughghghgh.

  5. brooks

    May 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Hold on a moment… did I just see that? Chad Durbin had a 1 – 2 – 3 inning? Of course, no inherited runners…
    Games done for me, I am satisfied, win or not!

  6. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Get to Delmon Young, and I’m wondering if Nix bats for him. Gotta get there first against one tough Serge.

    • DavidE

      May 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

      If they bring in Nix for Young, I think the Giants walk him and load the bases and go after Ruiz. It depends on which matchup the Phillies wanted.

  7. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    How bout that Fightin Phillies ballclub. Good job byDelmon. And others, for sure.

  8. brooks

    May 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Now this has gotten pretty damn exciting!

    • Ken Bland

      May 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Yeah, but I might define exciting here as at least going 1 extra inning. It’s still kind of a tease, you know, come back and then drop it in the last at bat. Gotta get throught that one way or another. But at least we’re seeing bottom 9.

  9. brooks

    May 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Adams Adams Adams…

  10. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Boy, there’s a play of the game. Huuuuge. Man on 2nd, good speed, none out, and it’s trouble, 2-3-4 up.

    Big as an eventual game winner.

  11. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    So in essence, they get the steal, and have 3-4 up starting with 1 out. Maybe not quite as good, but the big advantage kinda disappears.

  12. brooks

    May 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Pence has murdered the Phils this year, again.. when he played for us too –
    Oh well

  13. brooks

    May 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    In the time it took me to post that, Pence was out.. I gotta turn on the TV

  14. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    So by pitching to Pablo, which Kuiper astutel questioned, and getting through the inning, Bruce can’t get 2 innings out of his next pitcher because he leads off the Giants 10th. So the Phils are working their way through the Giants pen. Can’t hurt. Especially with Affeldt and Lopez gone.

    Not that Charlie played for that.

  15. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I like the Phils chances to take the lead next inning if they can through here. Top of the order, Chase 4th, lefty edge gone.

    Goota get through Buster here. No small task.

  16. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    That is one good ballclub over there. They just keep coming at ya with smart and able depth.

    Beating them 2 of 3 is a feather of sorts in the cap, but lotsa work to do. Get after it like the club did these 3 games, you can’t complain too much. Onto Phoenix and another playoff contender awaits.

    • G7

      May 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Without Doc..season pretty much over!!

  17. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Tough one today. However, I loved the way we battled back. Once again, it seems Lee’s talk about pride lit a fire. I’m happy to take two of three from the Giants.

  18. DavidE

    May 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Good to win 2 out of 3 against the Giants. A positive today was the bullpen. I realize the game was lost in the 10th but the bullpen kept the Phillies in the game.

    Ben Revere is going to have to play better both offensively and defensively to stay in the lineup.

    I also don’t know why the Phillies are having so much trouble on the basepaths this year.

  19. brooks

    May 9, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I like how Alex opened the dialogue – This is what we expected. Look, a win every night out is not possible however, a fight – coming from behind and tying the game in the top of the 9th makes it a good ballgame and that is where the money is.

  20. Chuck A.

    May 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

    2 of 3 against the World Champs in THEIR park is a good showing towards that “win 60% of the remaining games to get to 90+ for the season” thing I was talking about. Now on to Phoenix and a tough D-backs club. ..

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