Ethierless, Kempless, AJless Lineup for Phillies Game 4

Gordon ss

Herrera 3b

Rivera lf

Hairston 2b

Loney 1b

Castellanos rf

Gwynn cf

Treanor c

Harang p


Is Donnie-boy conceding this game against Hamels?  Sure, it’s an early getaway day game.  But why do we have to use a Torre type of lineup?  Sure Ethier needs a day off once in a while, but then why is Loney in the lineup against a strong lefty like Hamels?  Has the world gone mad?  Or is it just Donnie?


However, as a fan, I will not give up on this game.  You never know who may step up and give us some offense.  Maybe today is Castellanos’ day?  Maybe Treanor (“Mr. Misty May”) will give us yet another long ball.  Count on Herrera to help out.  Maybe Gordon will even learn how to bunt his way on.  This team has been full of surprises lately.


Finally, I think we’ll finally see what Shawn Tolleson can do against major league hitters today.

86 Responses to Ethierless, Kempless, AJless Lineup for Phillies Game 4

  1. trublu4ever says:

    I hate it!

  2. oldbrooklynfan says:

    HI Everybody,
    I had the same thoughts when I saw the line-up. Mostly I was surprised that Loney was in it with Hamels pitching. I also wondered about a lineup without both Kemp and Ethier, even though Andre needs time off. Anyway the way he’s been hitting the day off may may do him doublely good. And yes, I too have a lot of confidence in these guys.
    GO DODGERS!!!!

  3. enchantedbeaver says:

    Dre needs a day off after his performance last night.

    I’m sensing a shutout coming, and not from Harang.

  4. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s good to get Wigginton out, he seems to improve with age.

  5. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Although Dee has K’ed twice swinging he’s made Hammels throw a lot of pitches.

  6. messagebear says:

    I expect that Castellanos will be the next guy going down. Doesn’t look like it will be a big loss.

  7. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I hope the Dodgers aren’t too far behind with Hamels pitching but this present Dodger team doesn’t seem to care about trailing in a game. They’ve been a come-back team all season.

  8. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Thanks Wiggy, we can always use the help.

  9. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I thought Dee beat that out.

  10. koufax1963 says:

    From being swept 4 games by the brew crew, this series has been very uplifting to have different guys come through. I think casten has got to be thinking of acquiring a front line starter (hamels type) because I don’t see the hanrang/lilly/capuano arms making it till sept, let alone a possible oct. The gnats have timmy 2 time cy as their worse pitcher and that says much about their front 5. Also does kershaw’s plantar problem sound an alarm with anyone?

    • Knowing that Kersh has the plantar problem explains a lot toward why he hasn’t been as biting sharp and overpowering as he usually is. Unfortunately it is a condition that takes a long time to heal.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Kershaw’s problem has me worried, let’s see if he can pitch with it.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I agree. With Kersh, they are saying it doesn’t hurt when he pitches..just when he runs.

      Nice to see we tied the game!

      • This is an explanation of what Kersh’s condition is.

        Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick, fibrous band of tissue (”fascia”) that reaches from the heel to the toes, supporting the muscles and arch of the foot. When the plantar fascia is overly stretched, tiny tears can occur in its surface, causing inflammation and pain. While some people have attributed this type of pain to bony growths called heel spurs, it’s now believed that heel spurs are a result of rather than a cause of the pain from plantar fasciitis.

        Thanks to WebMD for the information.

  11. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Way to go LONEY.

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:


  13. trublu4ever says:

    How about that…we have the lead!

  14. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Unbeliable squard we got here, Eh?

  15. koufax1963 says:

    I sure hope TGJ did the attempted steal on his own, because it backfired.
    Now we lead off the the next inning with pitchers spot

  16. koufax1963 says:

    In short, I hope that steal sign wasn’t management

  17. oldbrooklynfan says:

    A quality start for Harang and he can’t lose.

  18. vl4eccjr says:

    If the BP can hold this, who closes today? Jansen needs a break.
    My money would be on Belisario.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    A few more runs would be appreciated!

  20. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Kind of relaxing know they knocked out Hamels.

  21. oldbrooklynfan says:

    F–Fontenot must’ve thought it was Harang pitching.

  22. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Whew, That Ruiz is scary up there, glad to get him out.

  23. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nice two inning by Wright.

  24. Need to get an insurance run here . . . .

  25. trublu4ever says:

    Now….more runs, please!

  26. trublu4ever says:

    Cool, I’ll take it!

  27. They heard us, Tru 🙂

  28. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Dre!

  29. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Phillies are falling apart at the seems.

  30. oldbrooklynfan says:

    That’s double digets in RBI for Jerry.

  31. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Hairy!

  32. vl4eccjr says:

    I smell a mutiny brewing in Philly! LOL I wonder what phan52 thinks of the current situation?

  33. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Scoring Change: Ethier double and 48 RBI.

  34. oldbrooklynfan says:

    E gets his wish.

  35. trublu4ever says:

    We do get to see Tolleson.

  36. Tolleson is pitching. Glad I was wrong 😉

  37. trublu4ever says:

    He throws hard…he’ll settle down.

  38. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Tolly might be a little nervous.

  39. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well that’s it.—–For today anyway.

  40. vl4eccjr says:

    Poor kid got squeezed. A couple of those balls called looked like strikes on gameday. S.S.D.D.

  41. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Lety’s go BELI.

  42. Not overly auspicious start for Tolleson, but I’m sure he’ll settle in well and show what he’s really about.

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Beli!

  44. SWEEP!! See you all later. I gotta see who shot Stefano 🙂 Days of Our Lives fans will understand 😉

  45. trublu4ever says:

    Yes…a sweep of the Phillies! First time since the 40’s.

  46. vl4eccjr says:

    On to the Emerald City!

  47. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Did the Dodgers sweep a four game series in Philly when they were in Brooklyn? Any one know?

  48. oldbrooklynfan says:

    That was just before I started rooting for the team.
    Thanks Vl4eccjr

  49. enchantedbeaver says:

    Never a doubt in my mind about this one!!

    Tale of the tape – RISP

    L.A. 6 for 13, Phi 1 for 12

    Good things happen when you hit with runners on.

  50. nellyjune says:

    SWEEEEEEEEEP!!!! Way to go Dodgers!!!

  51. kahliforni says:

    vl4eccjr says:
    June 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I smell a mutiny brewing in Philly! LOL I wonder what phan52 thinks of the current situation?

    vl4, I posted to the Phils blog a couple times in the past few days…no smack…no gloating…just hating Mattingley’s bunt (even before it happened) when Cliff Lee threw out the runner at third. Well, good old phan52 insults me and my intelligence so, I insulted him right back. Same old phan52. I REALLY appreciate the humanity on this blog. No one here is a pint-sized bully or an a-hole or a hater. Thank you one and all. We should be proud of ourselves. Now, bullying Ned is a completely different story!

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Bullying Ned is a prerequisite for just about any blog.

      BTW, couple days ago I gave the Phils blog the scoop on JP after he missed Herrera’s drive. Don’t think I got any replies though.

    • nellyjune says:

      Once a bad Philthies Phan, always a bad Philthies Phan. I just think of all that crap about our players back when Juan Pierre was playing for us, and that karma came back to bite him in the ass – HA!!

      • koufax1963 says:

        Juan Pierre really had an awful defensive series, so glad he is not wearing #9 with “Dodgers” written on it, although I will always appreciate his picking up the team when Manny got busted, and did his 50 game time. I am just jazzed about this sweep even though it was not the same phillies of 08/09, sure makes forget the brewers series. Now if we can get kershaw feeling good. This team amazes men. I believe the “stuntmen” are back together, like in 1988.

        • nellyjune says:

          I was happy just having won the series going into today’s game. It’s never easy playing in front of the Phillies home crowd, regardless of how they are playing. The only concern I had was the gnats creeping up on us in the standings, but the Dodgers solved that problem by sweeping the Phillies. Now, we go to Seattle and they go home to play the Rangers.

  52. grizzy says:

    I like these sweeps better from this end.

  53. enchantedbeaver says:

    Feel bad for Tolleson – he must have really been nervous because normally his K to walk ratio is killer.

  54. lbirken says:

    Once again the Dodgers win a game many expected they would not because of the lineup or pitching. Isn’t it amazing how smart Donnie looks when the team wins? And Andre does need a day off here and there, especially when he is struggling a bit. The Dodgers swept the Phillies without a lot of offensive help from Andre but that guy sure can pick his spots.

  55. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Thanks to vl4eccjr ~for letting me know that it was in 1946. I check out the game log for that year and found out that the last time we swept the Phillies in Philadelphia. We won single games on 5/24 & 5/25 and a doubleheader on 5/26.

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