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Phillies at Marlins - Game 1 of 3


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Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Time: 7:05 PM ET

 

Lidle - Philadelphia ERA: 5.17 W-L: 9-12 Saves: 0 K's: 118

Willis - Florida ERA: 3.86 W-L: 10-9 Saves: 0 K's: 125

 

Television: FSN/Marlins TV & CSN/Phillies TV

Radio: WQAM/Marlins Radio, WQBA/Marlins Radio en Espa?ol, & WPEN/Phillies Radio

 

THE FIRST 10,000 FANS WILL RECEIVE A DAVE VAN HORNE OR FELO RAMIREZ TALKING BOTTLE OPENER PRESENTED BY NATIONSRENT

 

FINAL TUESDAY NIGHT RAFFLE: The final Special Tuesday Raffle will take place tonight at Section 149. The names of the two winners will be drawn at the conclusion of the first inning. Fans have a chance to enter from the time the gates open until the time of the drawing. One winner will receive the opportunity to throw out a first pitch during the 2005 regular season. The other winner will get the use of a twelve-person suite for a 2005 regular season game. In addition, one of the entries at today's raffle will receive an Old Century Baseball Game. The raffle will also feature one special auction item. Raffle tickets for this special raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20.

 

ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM CHECK PRESENTATION: Since 2000, the Florida Marlins Community Foundation has donated a total of $125,500 to Adopt-A-Classroom. This year's donation of $20,500 will be used to adopt every classroom at Holmes Elementary in Miami. Representatives at today's check presentation will include members of the Florida Marlins Community Affairs and Community Foundation Departments, FSN Florida, Adopt-A-Classroom, Holmes Elementary and the City of Miami. In addition, two students from Holmes Elementary School will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

 

MIAMI HERALD TWO FOR TUESDAY: Fans can get two tickets for the price of one in select sections with a coupon in Tuesday's The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

 

RADIO STATIONS: ESPN 760 will be at Gate G East with a live broadcast from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., 560 WQAM will be at Gate H, and Radio Caracol will be at Gate G West with contests and prizes.

 

Cape's Guess: Choo Choo!

 

I Believe! Do You?

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I've been waiting for this series for ages. :)

 

Would be good to send Phillies back to .500 for the season after these sets.

 

Florida need to go 12-1 the rest of the way now, in order to match last season's record. That is probably what we need also, if we have any chance of winning the Wild Card, but it would depend a lot on the Cubs/Braves/Astros losing.

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Yahoo! Sports Game Preview

The Florida Marlins' season-long domination of the Philadelphia Phillies helped lift them into last year's playoffs.

 

It appears that won't be enough this year.

 

With their postseason hopes fading, the Marlins will look to continue their mastery of the Phillies when these teams open a three-game series.

 

By splitting Monday's doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs, Florida remained 4 1/2 games back of San Francisco in the race for the NL wild card with 13 games to play. However, there are four teams in front of the Marlins in that chase and none of their remaining games are against any of those clubs.

 

``Time's running out on us,'' manager Jack McKeon said. ``Maybe it's not going to happen. But as long as we've got the least bit of life, we'll give it a run.''

 

Winning 10 of 12 from the Philadelphia last season between July and September was a big reason Florida got into the 2003 playoffs on its way to winning the World Series. That run included a three-game sweep in late September that knocked the Phillies out of the playoff race, but pulling off the same feat this year might not be enough.

 

These teams also play a four-game set in Philadelphia to close the regular season.

 

The Phillies have lost 14 in a row at Miami, dating to April 2 of last year, and have been outscored 44-16 in dropping all seven games there this season. Florida has won 23 of 26 overall against its NL East rival, including an 11-1 mark this year.

 

``They've had the upper hand, no question about it,'' Bowa said after his team's most recent loss to Florida, 10-1 on July 29. ``They play us like they are the world champions.''

 

Bowa has plenty of hot hitters in his lineup, but most of them have been unable to solve Florida's pitchers this season.

 

David Bell has at least two hits in six of his last nine games, but he's 9-for-39 (.231) against the Marlins. Mike Lieberthal has hit safely in 15 of 16, raising his average to a season-high .265, but he's hit .180 (8-for-42) with no homers and four RBIs in 11 games against Florida. Placido Polanco has six RBIs in his last four games, but only one in 12 contests against the Marlins.

 

Conversely, many of Florida's top hitters have ripped Philadelphia hurlers.

 

Mike Lowell has hit .404 with five homers and 14 RBIs, and Luis Castillo has hit .425 (17-for-40) against the Phillies this year. In 13 games against Philadelphia, Miguel Cabrera has driven in 12 runs while Juan Pierre has scored 13.

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Let's just go out there and have fun. Let the Fates sort everything else out.

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Exactly....more importantly then everyone else losing is us winning.

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