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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (40-44) vs. Pirates (51-31)

images (2)Philadelphia Phillies (40-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-31)

LHP John Lannan (1-2, 4.83 ERA) vs LHP Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 ET, PNC Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 84, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It is getting to be that time of the season for this Phillies core group… either put up or shut up.  The team has two more games on this devilish 10-game road trip to make a statement before they come home for the last 10-games before the All-Star Game.  Jimmy Rollins said last month that the veterans understand they have to contend or this team might be broken up.  A series win against the first-place Pirates followed by a successful homestand is a step in that direction.

It won’t be easy.  The Bucs had won nine straight before Jonathan Pettibone and beat them last night.  The Phils face lefty Jeff Locke on Wednesday, who hasn’t lost since his opening start and has a 1.07 ERA over his last eight.  Locke dominated the Phillies lineup in April, allowing only two hits in six shutout innings of a 2-0 Pirates win.  The Phils will counter with John Lannan who had his best start (and only win) as a Phillie last Friday in Los Angeles.

The Phillies are without Ryan Howard on Wednesday, who admitted his knee was sore after last night’s win.  Before collecting two hits and an RBI last night, Howard had been 0 for his last 20 at-bats with 11 strikeouts.  That slides Domonic Brown into the clean-up spot and the suddenly hot Delmon Young into the five-hole.  Young is hitting .462 with nine RBIs through the first eight games of this road trip.

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

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  1. Pamikedc

    July 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Just curious…why no Fransden at 1B?

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Another must win for the Phillies.

    Locke has been very good this year.

    Since they never hit scrubs maybe they will hit this guy tonight.

  3. Ken Bland

    July 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    It took watching a replay a couple times to get a better feel for if Lannan should have been mtoring home on the Chase knock. In person might have provided an obvious take, but Walker really didn’t rucj his throw, and Lannan was still gunned down with relative ease. Whether Walker has an arm you run on is not my thing. But whoever made the snap decision, Lannan (no speedster) or Ryno, even though on 2 outs you step up your chance taking, it looked like reckless aggressiveness.

  4. Pamikedc

    July 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Told u before- Ryno is no coach. Ha. Kidding but- Lanann got himself out of 2 good jams.

    Dom Brown looked slow on that run scored. 1-0. Lets go!!!!!!

  5. Ken Bland

    July 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm


    I forgot to listen to this today, but I have a feeling it’s gonna be fun. Nearly a full broadcast of Tigers-Yanks from 1934.

    Enjoy your 4th.

  6. Pamikedc

    July 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Martin 3r HR….ballgame

  7. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm


    Ken. Thank you. I am probably the only person here who will listen to it all.
    Really a shame no Ruth and Cobb. Then Id probably pull my pants down while listening.

    And they say I don’t understand the game!!!

    Re : the Phillies

    Could they ever score 5 runs ( what it would take to win now) in a game vs a team like the Pirates with their pen?

    Magic 8 ball says


    • Double Trouble Del

      July 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      They scored the five runs but unfortunately needed 7 thanks to my number one man Aumont. I have no doubt that he will go somewhere else and be great but it’s not going to be here. His stuff is “filthy” alright.

  8. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Id like to thank the bull pen for allowing me to start my nap in the 6th inning instead of waiting for the 8th or 9th.

  9. Morris Buttermaker

    July 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    A Tale of 2 Bullpens.

  10. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    When I see an entire bullpen ( Pittsburghs ) come out of nowhere to all be great.

    I wonder to myself.

    Has the entire pen gone to JC Romeros favorite drug store and bought some “vitamins” ?

  11. Brooks

    July 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Phils won the first game; second game a close one – game three a blowout…

    • Hogey's Role

      July 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Lol you called it earlier.. looking like you’re gonna be dead on

  12. bacardipr

    July 4, 2013 at 5:38 am

    No AFW they all just suck. Blame should be put on the Phillies minor league system and operations. They have not produced a good bullpen arm since Madson. Who at that was a failed starter turned into a pen arm.

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