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Gameday 45: Dodgers vs. Phillies

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-23) at Philadelphia Phillies (20-24) 

Starting Pitchers:

LAD: Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 4.43)
PHI: Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 3.98)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

The Phillies are loading up with righties against Kershaw. Darin Ruf makes his first start of the season, he’ll play left field for Dom Brown. Bobby Nandez starts again for the Phillies, he hasn’t done so since May 9.

Also, keep an eye on Cesar Hernandez and how he responds to defense at third base. Ryne Sandberg wants to see if he has a viable backup at that position.


Rollins SS / Ruiz C / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Howard 1B / Ruf LF / C. Hernandez 3B / Mayberry CF / R. Hernandez P



  1. Hogey's Role

    May 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Gonna be a tough one, let’s go phils!!

  2. Ken Bland

    May 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    So Revere and Asche are out of the lineup tonight. And at least at first glance, you figure Sandberg is trying to get some righty sticks in against K’shaw, or spare some lefties not so underdog embarrassing results against him. And I didn’t even mention Brown, whose downward spiral was reflected on last night

    But Howard is in at first base. So you wonder why Howard was the one who kept his spot. I don’t know that it’s necessarily a terrible move because Howard at least has the potential to get a hold of a rip, but he also could look most foolish. We’ll see if Howard can make Sandberg look like a genius.

  3. Andrew from waldorf

    May 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    These are the tough games.

    Against a serious baseball team.

    Its not the Mets or the Marlins.

    It is a shame the Phillies aren’t a serious team.
    Because the NL east is truly dreadful.

    If properly managed from the front office could compete this year or any year when you have a top 3 pay roll in a division that bad.

    But the Phillies don’t have a serious GM so not happening.

    Still rooting for the team.

    Go phils!!!!

  4. Andrew from waldorf

    May 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Wow are there more dodgers fans there than Phillies fans?


  5. lefty

    May 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Long inning huh? My lucky night, knew I’d miss the first 90 minutes and didn’t miss much at all. Of course the way Kershaw pitches maybe I’d be better off missing it. But you never know, let’s go phils.

  6. lefty

    May 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I get on Howard sometimes, but Kershaw’s slider to a lefty is just plain nasty.

    • wbramh

      May 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

      I’m a lefty,too and slider to Howard would be just plain nasty.
      My granny could always hit it – at least into her early 90s but she she batted right-handed.

  7. lefty

    May 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Puig with a base hit off of his foot.

  8. timothy conaway

    May 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Ryan Howard I can’t wait 4 the day you either quit, retire or get traded, I’m tired of watching you strike out…”Fire sale”any takers l sincerely doubt it …The Phillies will be much better team with out you..

  9. Hogey's Role

    May 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    What a joke, bases loaded no outs, no runs at all…. Wow

  10. Andrew from waldorf

    May 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Howard didn’t make the Phillies give him that contract lol

    I don’t see why they play him vs someone like Kershaw though.

    2nd and 3rd no outs. bases loaded no outs.

    Its almost 100% you score.

    Unless your the Phillies lol.

    Please make Ruben the destroyer the commissioner!!!

  11. c. schreiber

    May 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Sickening!!! Bases loaded, no outs and in the end no runs.Christ sake.

  12. Mike in NJ

    May 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    WOW bases loaded no one out and can’t score. This loss won’t be on him alone, but my God…Ben Revere is totally useless! Not only does he not score on that ball to the OF, he’s almost doubled off.

  13. Andrew from waldorf

    May 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Enter Bastardo

    2-0 defecit about to become 4 or more.

    I didn’t comment on the article about the Phillies warming up and getting better this year.



    I laughed.

    I am just n the laugh mode now.

    If Amaro is the GM opening day next year and I lose my Mets bet.

    I will just pretend there is no more MLB.

    • lefty

      May 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I’m in cry mode.

    • wbramh

      May 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Fear not, Andrew,

      There will always be MLB… an someday, maybe even in Philadelphia.

  14. lefty

    May 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I really don’t like Brian Wilson and that stupid dyed beard.

    • wbramh

      May 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Brian is just a whisker (or a thousand) too strange for me,
      but he was weird while he was still with the Beach Boys.

  15. lefty

    May 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    That’s the best way to pitch Puig, just put him on.

  16. lefty

    May 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    We sure looked good against the Dodgers in L.A. Not so much tonight.

  17. Brooks

    May 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This had to be the worst game of the year by the Phils.
    Twice, 2 men on base nobody out – the first time 2nd and 3rd and three straight strike outs, one looking worse than the other.
    Next time, 1rst and second, nobody out and nothing to show for it, Howard with his second strike out. Not even a grounder, not a fly ball – amazing.
    Third time, bases loaded and nobody out – I am pretty sure that Howard was thankful that he did not get a turn at bat with that pressure. He was swinging I guess the expression is “out of his shoes” – perhaps he needs to relax a little? This was a terrible game to sit through rain too?
    Kershaw, regardless of his past heroics has been on the mediocre side so far this year yet, he looked his CY self against the Phils. When they are down, there is absolutely nothing that will even force them to score – no matter what Chase Utley does.
    Byrd is getting a little on the predictable side isn’t he? His bat is shut off completely after a good showing or two.

    • DavidE

      May 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Kershaw striking out the side with men on second and third. That’s why he has won the ERA title the past three years. But Revere failing to tag up on Crawford’s sliding catch was another sign that he might not be the answer in center field. Why was he well down the line on that ball. If it drops, he can easily score. When Crawford slid, there was no way he could have thrown out Revere if he tagged up.

    • wbramh

      May 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Kershaw recapturing his Cy form against the Phils??
      Let’s face it, if Ben Revere pitched for the Dodgers and faced the Phillies 20 times per year, he’d be a Cy Young candidate and probably break Drysdale’s scoreless innings record. Of course, the umps would have to permit Ben to move the pitching rubber up to the 40′ 6″ mark so he could reach the plate on the fly.

      But I kid Ben.

  18. Ken Bland

    May 24, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Friday night appears to have run the Phils 2014 shutouts to a season’s total of 6. Nice work.
    I’d tell you the number should be astericked with Ben Revere’s name attached, but 5 other times, this early on, the quarter turn, is a team effort. The Cardinals were shut out 33 times in 1908, so unless the Phils start transacting to the tune of reacquainting with Freddie Galvis, John Bowker, and Mighty Martinez, and batting them 3-4-5, they are only an outside threat to equaling that ridiculousness.

    That includes being shut out 4 times in the last 8 home games. That’s the stuff that will raise the asking price of would be fans to be paid to attend Phillie home games. That’s called the next step after the team has encountered difficulties giving away free tickets.

    Misuse of words has always been a source of amazement to me. My favorite has long been supposably, instead of supposedly. Misuse of the should be rarely used word great is another. My latest venture into word observation is the word “only” About 3 weeks ago, in examining how medicore the Phils were playing, I myself used the word “only” to sum the spread of 3 games the Phils were distanced from first place. Following 2 more weeks of more medicore baseball, a mere week ago, I did the same thing, referencing the same amazing distance.

    A couple days ago, I saw “only” used to assess the then 5 games out the Phils found themselves. Does “only” still apply to the now 6 out? On this date, in 1961, the Gene Mauch led Phils were 10.5 games out. I guess that’s in suburban only, but where do the city limits end?

    Speaking of that historically blessed ’61 club, through this time of that forgetful year, they gave up 142 runs (scored 114). This year’s bullpen has probably yielded as many alone to this point with a whopping team total of 210. That, in and of itself, would make you think the Phils offense is okay. Which takes us back to the top of this message to complete the vicious circle of this message where we talked about the team’s propensity for getting shut out. Yet, they’ve scored 178, with 4/3 of ’em coming against Texas and The Natti in 2 of the games.

  19. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I think Bryd said it best last night, and I am paraphrasing: “Can you explain it?”
    Marlon, I think you are dead on. The game last night defies explanation, besides our normal gripes.
    This ship has way too many giant leaks and holes. Mayday! Mayday!

  20. photoFred

    May 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Honestly, I think any team hoping to compete must demand more from the CF position than Ben Revere is able to give. Seems like a nice guy but…

    And, no, I’m not sure how to solve that problem.

    • wbramh

      May 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      That opportunity passed when they passed on Ellsbury in FA.
      Seems every time I send them a suggestion they go in the opposite direction.
      Maybe I should suggest they sign Ben to a 10-year, no–cut contract.
      With my luck, that would be the one time they listen.

    • photoFred

      May 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Well, after Ben’s 4 hits (so far) today, maybe I should make the same complaint about Ryan Howard.

      It could work.

  21. Scotty Ingerton

    May 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

    They’ve been shutout in four of their last eight home games. I’m not really buying the “bats coming to life as the weather warms up” theory either. Just as in the past two seasons, this is simply a poorly constructed roster.

    • wbramh

      May 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Well, those bats could light up like Tinker Bell, but unfortunately, a few of their owners swing like Tinker Bell.

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