Jose Contreras ends a Brewers’ bases loaded threat in the bottom of the ninth by striking out two straight batters, collecting his first career save, as he preserves Joe Blanton’s first win of the year, as the Phils defeat the Brewers, 10-6. The Phils’ lead in the East is now at three games as the Nats lose a doubleheader to the Rockies.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Paul Hoover, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Blanton, who was safe at first on the sac bunt, up to second base. Two batters later, with two men on base, and now with two men out, Chase Utley hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Blanton, making it 2-0 Phils, while sending Victorino to third. The Brewers cut the Phils’ lead in the fifth as Prince Fielder hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils’ increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Hoover, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the fifth as Alcides Escobar hits a pinch hit home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the seventh. With two men on, and with one man out, Hoover hits a two-run double, knocking in both Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and then moved up to third on Claudio Vargas’ wild pitch, and Valdez, who had just singled, and then went to second on Vargas’ wild pitch, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, Victorino would make it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, as he hit an RBI double, knocking in Hoover, who had gone to third on Blanton’s single, while sending Blanton on to third. Placido Polanco follows with an RBI single, scoring Blanton and giving the Phils an 8-2 lead, while sending Victorino on to third base. Utley next hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, to give the Phils a 9-2 lead. The Brewers struck back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Corey Hart hit a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in both Fielder, who had earlier doubled, and Gregg Zaun, who had just walked, making it a 9-5 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with no one out, Hoover hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second base Valdez, who had just singled, while scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Hoover’s single, giving the Phils’ a 10-5 lead. The Brewers made it 10-6 in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hart hits an RBI double, knocking in Jody Gerut, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Zaun’s single, while sending Zaun, who had earlier singled, on to third. After pinch hitter George Kottaras walked to load up the bases, Jose Contreras ended the game by getting Rickie Weeks to strike out swinging, and Craig Counsell to strike out looking, to record his first save of the year.
Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Contreras records his first career save, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Chris Narveson takes the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.29 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Claudio Vargas pitches a third of an inning, giving up five runs on six hits. Jeff Suppan pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. John Axford pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Carlos Villanueva pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one.
The Phils had seventeen hits in the game, the most hits in a game so far this season. Placido Polanco led the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino and Paul Hoover follows with three hits each, with Victorino’s hits being a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in four runs, while Hoover’s hits were two singles and a double, as he knocks in two runs, while a third run scores on his doubleplay grounder. Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez then follow with two hits apiece, with Utley’s hits being a ground-rule double and a regular double, knocking in two runs, while Valdez’s hits were both singles. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Phils’ starter Joe Blanton had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.
The Phils (22-13, 1st East) will conclude their road trip with a night game against the Brewers (15-21, 4th Central). The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern, that will be nationally televised by ESPN. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-2, 4.53), who is coming off a win against the Braves on May 9, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a series sweep while trying for his second strong start in three tries. The Brewers will counter with Doug Davis (1-4, 7.56), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 10, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on three hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to keep the Brewers from being swept. The Phils will be trying to end the trip on a high note, with a series sweep.
While wearing their old uniforms from their previous period of success, the modern Phils, behind the pitching of the seemingly ageless Jamie Moyer, defeat the Brewers, 9-5.
The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead in the second, as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The lead then evaporates in the Brewers’ half of the second by three swings of the bat. Prince Fielder made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year. Two batters later, with one man out, Jim Edmonds made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as he hit a solo home run, his third home run of the year. Then two batters later, now with two men out, George Kottaras tied the game up at three-all as he hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils then regained the lead in the fourth as Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, to give the Phils a 4-3 lead. Four batters later, the Phils took a 6-3 lead as Victorino hits a two-run triple, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier tripled, and Paul Hoover, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via Valdez being safe on a throwing error by Manny Parra, a single by Hoover, sending Valdez up to second base, and a fielding error by Parra as he drops a Moyer sacrifice bunt attempt, moving Valdez and Hoover both up a base, while Moyer was safe at first, and with no one out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, and giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while moving Hoover to third, and Moyer up to second. The Phils then made it 8-3 as Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Hoover. The Brewers tried to come back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Edmonds and walks to Alcides Escobar, which send Edmonds to second base, and to pinch hitter Craig Counsell, moving both Edmonds and Escobar up a base, and with one man out, Rickie Weeks hits into an RBI force out to short, 6-4, as Edmonds scores, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead, forcing out Counsell at second base, before Chase Utley commits a throwing error as he attempts to double up Weeks, allowing Escobar to score, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while Weeks moves up to second on the bad throw. The Phils gets a run back in the ninth as, Utley hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. Jose Contreras then comes in and pitches a scoreless ninth, ending the game by getting Corey Hart to line out to short.
Jamie Moyer receives the win as he pitches six and one third innings, giving up five runs, only four of which are earned, on five hits and three walks, while he strikes out three. His record is now 5-2 with a 4.57 ERA. David Herndon records his first hold of the season as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, Danys Baez receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jose Contreras also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he strikes out one. Randy Wolf took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he strikes out two. His record is now 3-3 with an ERA of 4.66. Manny Parra pitches two innings, giving up two runs, both unearned, on three hits, while he strikes out three. Claudio Vargas pitches a 1-2-3 scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Mitch Stetter pitches two-third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a hit batter, while he strikes out a batter. Todd Coffey pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, as he knocks in three runs. He was followed by Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez who had two hits each, with Ibanez’s hits being a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hits were a double and a triple, knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Paul Hoover had the other four Phils’ hit, with Utley and Howard’s hits being home run, with Howard’s being a two-run shot, with Utley knocking in one run and Howard two, while Werth and Hoover’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco knocks in the other Phil run with a sac fly.
The Phils (21-13, 1st East), continue their three-game series with the Brewers (15-20, 3rd Central) with a nationally televised afternoon game on Fox. The game is being played at Miller Park and will begin at 4:10 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-2, 4.97), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 8, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He is still trying to get his first win of the season after coming off the disabled list. The Brewers will send to the mound Chris Narveson (3-0, 5.06), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on May 9, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, in the Brewers’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the brew crew. The Phils will be going for the series win this afternoon, and give Blanton his first win of the year.
The Phillies’ offense would leave several runners in scoring position as they are unable to get a key hit as the Phillies lose to the Brewers, 4-1, losing an opportunity to end the series with a sweep. The Brewers, being a bit more patient at the plate as they faced Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, would score first in the first inning, as, with runners on second and third, and one out, Prince Fielder would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Mike Cameron, who has earlier walked, moved to second on Bill Hall’s walk and would both move up a base on Moyer’s wild pitch, giving the Brewers a quick 1-0 lead. The Brewers would then take a 2-0 lead as, now with a runner on third, and two outs, J.J. Hardy would hit a RBI single, scoring Hall, who has moved up to third base on Fielder’s sacrifice fly. The score would remain 2-0 Brewers through the next four and a half innings, as Moyer would settle in while the Phillies’ batters would leave runners in scoring position in the second through fourth innings, and a runner on first in the fifth, as they are unable to get a key hit off of Brewers’ starter Dave Bush. The Brewers would increase their lead in the bottom of the fifth, as, with runners on the corners and no one out, Ryan Braun would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Cameron, would was earlier hit by the pitch, and would move up to third on Hall’s single, giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead. The Phillies would get a run back in the sixth, as, with a runner on third and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jayson Werth, who has earlier tripled on a ball that Brewers’ right fielder Corey Hart could not hold on to, making it 3-1 Brewers. The Brewers would get the run back in the seventh, as, with runners on first and third and one out, Jason Kendall would hit a RBI single, scoring Hardy, who has earlier singled, moved to second on Hart’s sacrifice bunt and would then move to third on Craig Counsell’s single, giving the Brewers a 4-1 lead. In the Phillies’ ninth, they would make one last threat to tie the game. They would proceed to load the bases on Brewers’ closer Salomom Torres via three straight singles by Howard, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, would then ground into a double play, 6-4-3, wiping out Victorino at second, while scoring Howard, to make it a 4-2 Brewers’ lead, while moving Dobbs up to third. Or so everyone thought at first, as the umpires were soon having a conference among themselves, before they declared that Howard and Dobbs needed to go back to third and second respectively as Victorino appeared to have interferred with the play as he attempted to disrupt Brewers’ second baseman Counsell’s throw to first. The next batter, Carlos Ruiz, would then follow with a ground out, 1-3, for the game’s final out, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the divisional series.
Jamie Moyer will take the lost, going only four innings as he gives up two earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. His post-season record is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch an inning in relief, giving up an earned run on a hit, a hit batter and two walks, while striking out one. Chad Durbin would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out one. Scott Eyre would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on three hits, while striking out one. Ryan Madson would pitch an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up no hits and striking out two. Dave Bush would get the win as he pitches five and one third innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, while striking out three. His post-season record is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Mitch Stetter would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Villanueva would pitch an inning and a third, giving up no runs or hits. Eric Gagne would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit. Salomon Torres would get the save as he pitches a scorless inning, giving up three hits.
The Phillies’ offense would do the Phillies in yesterday, getting a bit too aggressive against Dave Bush as they tried to knock him out early, to put the series away in three games. Sadly, Bush would find ways to constantly dodge the bullet in the five and one third innings that he would pitch, as the Phillies would end up stranding seven men on base, all but two of whom would be in scoring position. Meanwhile, the Brewers would be a bit more patient batting against Jamie Moyer, who was not helped by getting pinched on the corners by the home plate umpire. Although he would eventually settle down, he would only last four innings because of his high pitch count.
The fourth game of the divisional series is presently in progress. The Phillies are sending Joe Blanton to the mound against the Brewers’ Jeff Suppan. The Phillies are presently leading 5-0 after five innings, with Suppan already being taken out of the game and replaced by Yovani Gallardo. Unless something happens in the final four innings, it looks like the Phillies will clinch this afternoon in Milwaukee.
The Phillies show to the rest of the league that C.C. Sabathia is as human as the rest of us by scoring five runs off of him in the second inning before running him out of the game in the fourth as the Phillies’ ride Brett Myers’ two-hit pitching and Shane Victorino’s grand slam to a 5-1 victory over the Brew Crew. Things didn’t start out so brightly in the first inning, as the Brewers, after Mike Cameron started the game off by striking out on three pitches, would load the bases on Phillies’ starter Brett Myers via a walk to Ray Durham on four pitches, a double to Ryan Braun, which would send Durham to third, and an intentional walk to Prince Fielder. J.J. Hardy would then follow with a walk of his own, forcing in Durham with the game’s first run, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. But Myers would then get out of the inning as the next batter, Corey Hart, would hit the first pitch thrown to him directly to Myers. Myers would throw home for the second out of the inning as Carlos Ruiz would touch home plate before Braun can cross it. Ruiz would then throw over to first, beating out Hart, for the inning’s final out. That would turn out to be the first key moment of the game, as Myers would then settle down after the first inning. Meanwhile, the Phillies would try to strike back in their half of the first, as they would have a runner on third, via a Shane Victorino double and a stolen base, and one man out, when Brewers’ starter Sabathia would end the inning by striking out both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard swinging, and doing it by throwing only seventeen pitches. But, after Myers pitches a 1-2-3 second, the Phillies would go back to work on Sabathia. After Pat Burrell would start the inning off with a fly out to left, Jayson Werth would get on base with a double. Pedro Feliz would follow him with a RBI double, knocking in Werth, and tying the game at 1-1. After a Ruiz ground out to first would put Feliz on third, Myers would come up to bat. Myers would battle with Sabathia until on the ninth pitch thrown to him, he would get a walk, putting runners on the corners. That would be the second key moment of the game, as Sabathia’s pitch count starts to rise and he is beginning to miss the plate. Jimmy Rollins would follow Myers with a four pitch walk, loading the bases, as Myers would move up to second, bringing up to the plate Victorino. Trailing in the count, 1-2, Victorino would belt a slider into the left field seats for a grand slam home run, the first one ever hit by a Phillie in the playoffs, scoring Feliz, Myers and Rollins, and giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Sabathia would finally end the inning by getting Utley to once again strike out swinging, but by then the damage has already been done, as Sabathia’s pitch count was now up to fifty-one pitches. In the third, Myers would pitch another 1-2-3 inning, while Sabathia would only let one batter get on base, Werth via his second double of the game, but Sabathia’s pitch count was still rising as he has now thrown seventy-two pitches in three innings. In the fourth, after Myers would breeze through another inning, even though he would hit Hart with a pitch with two men out, Sabathia would finally get knocked out of the box by the Phils. They would start their half of the fourth off with a one pitch ground out, 1-3, by Ruiz. Myers would then battle Sabathia again, getting him mad in the process, as he would get the count up to 3-2 on nine pitches, before finally flying out to center on pitch number 10. Rollins would then follow with a double, the fifth double, and the sixth extra-base hit, that the Phillies would get off of Sabathia. After intentionally walking Victorino, the Phils would get a double steal as Rollins and Victorino would both move up a base, with Utley batting. These would be the third and fourth stolen bases that the Phils would get off of Sabathia. Utley would then get a walk, loading up the bases, and leading to the removal of Sabathia by Brewers’ manager Dale Sveum. At that point, Sabathia’s pitch count has risen to ninety-eight pitches. Sveum would then bring in reliever Mitch Stetter to face Howard. Stetter would get the Brewers out of the inning by striking out Howard, leaving the bases loaded. In the fifth, the Phillies would reload the bases, with two outs, via two walks (Burrell and Ruiz) and a single (Myers), but the Brewers would get out of that jam as Rollins would line out to Fielder who made a great catch on a ball that would have broken the game wide open if it has gotten through. The Phillies would threaten again in the sixth as they would put runners on second and first, with one out, via a double (Victorino) and an intentional walk (Howard), but the Brewers would get out of the inning as Seth McClung, pitching in his second inning in relief of Stetter, would strike out Burrell for the second out of the inning and then get Werth to fly out. In the seventh, the Brewers would get a run back as Craig Counsell would ground out, 4-3, scoring Hardy, who has reached base earlier with a double, only the second hit given up by Myers, and would then move to third on Hart’s fly out to right, making it a 5-2 Phillies’ lead. The Phillies half of the seventh would see the Phils go down 1-2-3 for the only time yesterday. In the Brewers’ eighth, Myers would be taken out of the game and replaced by Ryan Madson. The inning would start with a fielding error by Rollins of pinch hitter Rickie Weeks’ grounder. Madson would then get Cameron to pop (foul) out to the third baseman for the inning’s first out. Durham would then hit into a force out, 1-6, forcing out Weeks, while Durham would beat out Rollins’ throw to first. Braun would then follow with a single, moving Durham up to second base with still two men out. Madson is then taken out of the game by Charlie Manuel and replaced by J.C. Romero, to face Fielder. On Romero’s first pitch, Fielder would hit a slow grounder towards Utley, who would shovel the ball over to Howard for the inning’s final out, ending the short-lived Brewers’ threat. In the ninth, Lidge would be given the ball for the save. Unlike Tuesday’s game, Lidge would have an easy 1-2-3 inning, ending the game with a fly out to center, giving the Phillies a 5-2 win and a 2-0 lead in the series, as the two teams now head for Milwaukee for the third game of the series.
Brett Myers would get the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. His post-season record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face on one pitch. Brad Lidge would get his second post season save and his forty-third save in forty three tries, as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. C.C. Sabathia would get the lost as he is only able to go three and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits, walking four batters, while striking out five. His post-season record is now 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA. Mitch Stetter, Seth McClung, Eric Gagne and Salomon Torres would pitch a combined total of four and one-thirds innings of shut out ball, giving up just three hits (McClung (2), Torres (1)) and walking three (McClung), with each one striking out a batter for a total of four strike outs.
The victory gives the Phillies a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they show that C.C. Sabathia is indeed human. This is mainly because most of the batters remained patient, with Brett Myers’ two at-bats against Sabathia being the key at-bats, especially the first one, as Sabathia would lose his composure after each one, leading to Shane Victorino’s grand slam in the second and Sabathia’s removal with the bases loaded, after throwing 98 pitches, in the fourth. It would seem that pitching Sabathia with only three days rest for the fourth straight game has come back to haunt the Brewers as they are now backed into a corner with the wily veteran Jamie Moyer up next to attempt to seal the deal for the Phillies. The Brewers’ ace was hit hard by the Phillies as all six of the hits off of him would be for extra-bases (5 (2B), 1 (HR)) while they also ran wild on him, stealing four bases, with Victorino leading the way with two steals. Meanwhile, Myers, after starting out a little wild and maybe being a little pinched by the home plate umpire, would gain control of the game after Corey Hart’s 1-2-3 double play ball ending the first inning, ending the Brewers best, and as it would turn out, only chance to get control of this game. After that inning, the Brewers would not be able to handle Myers’ pitches, especially after he starts to throw at them more than just his fastball. It would appear that the Myers of the second half is back, and if he is, thank god for that.
The five games National League Divisional Series will now move to Milwaukee. The third game of the series will be played in Miller Park on Saturday and will start at 6:30 pm Eastern (5:30 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be veteran Jamie Moyer (16-7, 3.71), who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on September 27, as he went six innings, giving up only an earned run on six hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 win. He has last faced the Brewers on September 11, defeating them in the game that would lead to a four game swept of the Brew Crew, as he would pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. Moyer will be trying to, like he did last Saturday, pitch the Phillies deeper into the playoff with a win. His opponent will be Dave Bush (9-10, 4.18), who is coming off his fifth straight no-decision, this time against the Cubs on September 27, as he would pitch three innings in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while walking a batter and striking out one, in the Brewers’ 7-3 lost. His last start would be on September 23 against the Pirates, also a no-decision, as he went five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Brewers’ 7-5 win. His last start against the Phillies would be on September 14, as he pitched a no-decision, going six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Brewers’ 7-3 lost in the first game of a day/night doubleheader. Bush will be trying to prevent a sweep of the Brewers.
The Phillies will be trying to end the series early, handing the ball over to Jamie Moyer to do it. And, with the Brewers now trying to keep from getting swept, Moyer should be the right person for the job, as he’ll be trying to use the Brewers’ aggressiveness against them.
Behind Cole Hamels’ eight innings of shut out ball, the Phillies would take a 1-0 lead over the Brewers in their National League Divisional Series. After Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels and Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo would both pitch two straight shut out innings, Hamels would pitch a 1-2-3 third, striking out four of the first nine men that he would face. Gallardo wouldn’t be so lucky, as he would give up a lead-off single to Carlos Ruiz, the first hit of the ballgame. Hamels would then come to bat and laid down a sacrifice bunt that would become a catch error by the Brewers’ second baseman Rickie Weeks. Both men would then be safe on the play, with Ruiz reaching second and Hamels being safe on first. Jimmy Rollins would then fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Jayson Werth would then follow by striking out swinging, for the second out of the inning. Chase Utley would then come up, and on a 2-2 pitch, hit a double to center that would not be caught by Brewers’ center fielder Mike Cameron, scoring both Ruiz and Hamels and giving the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead. The Phillies would then load up the bases via an intentional walk to Ryan Howard and a walk to Pat Burrell. The next batter, Shane Victorino would also get a walk, forcing in Utley and giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead, and leaving the bases loaded as Howard and Burrell would both move up a base. With a chance to break the game wide open early, Pedro Feliz, the ninth batter of the inning, would instead end it by flying out to center. Now with a lead, Cole Hamels would then proceed to breeze through the Brewers’ lineup, giving up only two hits, while striking out nine Brewers. He had only one troublesome inning, the sixth. After striking out Jason Kendall, he would give up a single to Craig Counsell and then would walk Cameron, which would put Counsell on second. But Hamels would get out of the inning by first getting Bill Hall to strike out swinging for the second out of the inning, and then, on one pitch, he would get Ryan Braun to pop up to Jimmy Rollins, for the inning’s final out. Meanwhile, the Brewers’ bullpen would keep the Phillies’ bats pretty much muzzled until the bottom of the eight, when they would threaten to add on to their lead. After Utley would ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, Howard would reach base with a walk. Eric Bruntlett, a defensive replacement for Burrell, would get a single off of Brewers’ shortstop J.J. Hardy, putting runners on first and second, as Howard would reach second base, with one out. The next batter, Victornio would then hit into a force out, 4-6, as Bruntlett is wiped out at second, while he would beat the throw to first base. In the meantime, Howard would reach third, putting runners on the corner. After Guillermo Mota is sent to the mound in place of Manny Parra, Victorino would steal second, putting both runners in scoring position. Sadly, Feliz would be unable to knock them in as he pops up on a ball that Counsell would just be able to catch in the outfield, ending the inning. Brad Lidge would then be given the ball to nail it down for the Phillies. After getting Cameron out on a called third strike, Lidge would give up a single to pinch hitter Ray Durham. Braun would follow him with a double to right, scoring Cameron, thanks in part to a catch error by Utley, preventing him from making a possible play at the plate, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Lidge would then get Prince Fielder to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out. Hardy would then get on base with a walk, putting runners on first and second. With Corey Hart batting, Lidge would uncork a wild pitch, putting Braun on third and Hardy on second with the tying run and two outs. Lidge would then, on a 2-2 pitch, strike out Hart swinging on a high fastball, to end the game, striking out the side, and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the series.
Cole Hamels will get the win, as he pitch eight shut out innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out nine. He is now 1-0 in the post-season with a 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge would get the save, his forty-second save in forty two tries, and his first for the post season, as he gives up an earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yovani Gallardo would get the lost as he pitches only four innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits and five walks, while striking out three. He is now 0-1 in the post-season with an ERA of 0.00. Mitch Stetter, Carlos Villanueva, Manny Parra and Guillermo Moto would combine for four shut innings, giving up only one hit (Parra) and a walk (also by Parra), while striking out four (Stetter (1), Villanueva (3)).
With the win, the Phillies has started the series off on a good foot as they have won their first post season game since they have won game five in the 1993 World Series. They will now try for a sweep at home, but they will have to bat better than they did in today’s game against the hard to hit C.C. Sabathia. If they don’t, they’ll be heading to Milwaukee with a spilt. They will also need a good start from Brett Myers, who has gotten bombed in his last two starts after being almost unhittable since his return from his minor league assignement.
Game 2 of the NLDS will be played tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 6 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send out Brett Myers (10-13, 4.55), who is coming off his second straight bad performance, after going 7-2 in his previous eleven starts. In his last two starts, he would only go a combined total of eight and a third innings, giving up fourteen earned runs on ninteen hits. He will be trying to recover from those two starts and prove that he can help the Phillies get further along in the playoffs. His opponent will be the Brewers’ ace of the second half, C.C. Sabathia (17-10, 1.65), who is coming off his third straight game of pitching with three days rest, and winning his second straight start, as he pitched nine inning against the Cubs on September 28, giving up an unearned run on four hits, in the Brewers’ 3-1, which would help get them into the post season. He will once again be pitching with three days rest. The Phillies should be able to defeat him if he start to show any fatigue from pitching so many games with less rest than he would normally get, and if the Phillies’ batters show some patient while batting against him. Sabathia will be trying to even the series.
The Phillies will be trying to go to Milwaukee with a 2-0 lead in this short series, if they can get past Sabathia. Otherwise, they will be trying to win both games in Milwaukee.
Behind the two-hit pitching of Brett Myers, the Phillies have completed the destruction of the slumping Brewers, getting a share of the lead in the NL Wild Card race while putting themselves a game behind the Mets in the East. The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first when, with runners on first and third, and no one out, Chase Utley would hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Jayson Werth at second, who has earlier singled, while scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier doubled and would go to third on Werth’s single. The Phillies would break the game open in the second as, with runners on the corners and two men out, Phillies’ starter Brett Myers would get a RBI single, knocking in Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked, went to second on Shane Victorino’s single and then moved to third on Pedro Feliz’s 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Victorino at second, to increase the Phillies’ lead to 2-0, while sending Chris Coste, who has been intentionally walked to get to Myers, to second. After a wild pitch by Brewers’ starter Jeff Suppan would place Coste and Myers on third and second respectively, Rollins would follow with a two-run single, scoring both Coste and Myers, who would just beat Jason Kendall’s tag at home plate, to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. The Phillies would add to their lead in the fourth as Burrell lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, making it 5-0 Phillies. Six batters later, with the bases loaded via a double (Victorino), a hit batsman (Coste) and an intentional walk (Rollins, after Myers would sacrifice both Victorino and Coste over to third and second respectively), and with two men out, Werth would bring in the Phils’ final run with a walk, forcing in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. That would be it for Suppan as Brewers’ manager Ned Yost would take him out for Tim Dillard, who would end the inning by getting Utley to pop out. Meantime, Myers would breeze along, getting the Brewers out almost with ease, while keeping his pitch count low, allowing only two men on base, via a walk (Craig Counsell, who would later be wiped out on a 6-4-3 double play by Kendall) in the third, and a single (Ray Durham) in the fourth. He would only make one mistake as he would give up a solo home run to Prince Fielder in the seventh on a 3-2 slider, Fielder’s thirtieth home run of the year, with two men out, which would make it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead. But that would be the best that the Brewers would be able to do against Myers as he would get out the next seven batters with ease, pitching a complete game.
Myers would pick up the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just one earned run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 10-11 with his ERA dropping to 4.05. Jeff Suppan would receive the lost, giving up all six runs, all earned, on eight hits and four walks as he is only able to last three and two-thirds innings. Suppan’s record is now 10-9 with a 4.85 ERA. Tim Dillard, Seth McClung and Todd Coffey would all combine to pitch four and a third innings of shut out ball, giving up just three hits (Dillard (1), Coffey (2)).
The Phillies have done what would’ve been impossible a few weeks earlier. They have beaten the ever dangerous Brewers, putting themselves in a tie with them for first place in the NL Wild Card while placing themselves just a game behind the Mets in the pennant race for the Eastern Division, and doing it with a couple of starters who would both be pitching with only three days rest (Jamie Moyer and Brett Myers), a third who was not pitching as advertised (Joe Blanton), while the team’s ace would be recovering from a beating in his previous start against their main rival in the East (Cole Hamels), while the team’s fifth starter have finally fallen apart in his last start (Kyle Kendrick), forcing the three days rest situations for both Moyer and Myers. Now, with the sweep completed and with the day off, the Phillies’ starting rotation and the bull pen looks to be in a lot stronger position for the final twelve games of the season then they did when Kendrick was getting spanked by the Marlins on September 9. Everything now depends on the offense not reverting back to the old inconsistencies if they want to get into the playoffs as either the NL Eastern Division Champ for the second straight season, or as the NL Wild Card entrance. We will all know the answer on September 28.
The Phillies, with the sweep, are now trailing the Mets by only a game in the East, as the Mets lost to the Braves. The Mets will now start a four games series against the Nationals in Washington. The Phillies now lead the Marlins by five and a half games as the fish defeated the Nationals. The Marlins will now have the day off, before they start a three games series with the Astros in Miami. In the wild card race, the reeling Brewers will also have the day off before they start an important three games series with the Cubs in Chicago, trying to regain their composure after getting swept by the Phillies. The Phillies, along with the Brewers, are now two games ahead of the Astros, who lost last night to the Cubs, as they got caught in the wrong end of a no hitter. They are presently playing the second of the two games with the Cubs that was rained out by Hurricane Ivan, and are presently trailing. The Phillies and Brewers are now four and a half games ahead of the Cardinals after their lost to the Pirates. The redbirds will have the day off today before they face the Reds for three in Cincinnati starting tomorrow. The Phillies have today off before they start a three games series in Atlanta, hoping that they can sweep their third straight series in Atlanta against the Braves.