J.A. Happ pitched a strong five and two-thirds innings, as the Phils’ offense unloaded in a six-run fifth, as the Phils defeated the Brewers, 9-4. Their magic number over the Braves is now at four.
The Phils took the lead in the first inning as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who was safe on a force out, 4-6, as Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers tied the game at one-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Felipe Lopez hits an RBI infield single off of J.A. Happ’s leg, as Howard was unable to handle Utley’s throw, scoring Jason Kendall, who had earlier tripled on a ball that Ben Francisco was unable to catch. The Phils regained the lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with nobody out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then blew the game wide open in the fifth. With two men on, and with one out, Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier reached base on a throwing error, and then went to second on Francisco’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Francisco, who had earlier singled, would move up to second. The next batter, Paul Bako, would give the Phils a 4-1 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, while sending Feliz to third. Happ then helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Feliz, while sending Bako to second base, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Jimmy Rollins then finished the scoring by hitting a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season, knocking in both Bako and Happ, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. In the sixth, the Brewers threathen to score as, with one man on base, and with one out, Prince Fielder hits a fly ball off of the wall in center field, that was played off the bounce by Victorino, as Corey Hart, who had earlier singled, rounded second and was then sent home. Victorino threw a strike to Utley, who in turned threw a strike to Bako, who was covering the plate, before he tagged Hart out for the inning’s second out, 8-4-2, as Fielder stopped at second with a double. The next batter, Casey McGehee then followed with an RBI double, making it 8-2 Phils. The Phils would get the run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one out, Howard knocked in Rollins, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base on Victorino’s single and then went to third on Utley’s force out, 3-6, as Victorino was wiped out at second, as he was safe on a fielding error by Brewers’ second baseman Lopez, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. The Brewers got one run back in the ninth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Fielder hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, knocking in Lopez, who had earlier singled, moved to second on Howard’s missed catch error on Hart’s ground ball to Feliz, and reached third on Ryan Braun’s force out, 6-4, as Hart was wiped out at second base, making it a 9-3 Phils’ lead, while Braun who was safe on the force out and then would move up to second on defensive indifference, would move up to third. McGehee then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Braun. Clay Condrey would finally end the game by getting Mike Cameron to fly out to right.
J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, as he struck out seven, making a strong statement as a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. His record is now 11-4 with an ERA of 2.79. Chad Durbin and Tyler Walker would combine for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Walker) and two walks (Durbin), while striking out two batters (Durbin (1), Walker (1)). Clay Condrey pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Suppan took the lost as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on twelve hits and two walk, while striking out two. His record is now 7-11 with a 5.04 ERA. Chris Smith and Carlos Villanueva pitched a combined two and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out four batters between them (all by Villanueva). Josh Butler pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.
The Phillies had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits apiece, with one of Feliz’s hits being a double as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Paul Bako all followed with two hits each, with one of Rollins’ hits being a three-run home run, while one of Francisco’s hits was a double. Ryan Howard and J.A. Happ had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard knocking in two runs, and Happ bringing home one. Bako knocked in the other Phil’s run. The Phils’ offense ended up hurting Jeff Suppan once again before the Brew Crew was finally able to stop them.
The Phils (89-63, 1st East) continue their four-games series with the Brewers (75-78, 3rd Central) with another night game. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (14-11 (7-2), 2.99 (2.65)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 20, when he pitched four innings in a rain-delayed game, giving up only a run on five hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be taking out his frustrations of not being able to pitch the fifth inning in Atlanta for the win out on the Brewers, while trying to help lower the Phils’ magic number even more. He will be oppose by Manny Parra (10-10, 6.42), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Cardinals on September 8, where he pitched only an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, in the Brewers’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to see if his neck is okay since being taken out of the Cardinal game on the 8th. The Phils will be trying to lower their magic numbers against both the Braves and the Marlins even more.
The Phillies are unable to capitalize on a quality start by Joe Blanton as they were unable to light up their usual victim Braden Looper, as they lose to the Brewers, 3-1.
The game’s first four innings involved a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Brewers’ starter Braden Looper, as the former gave up just four singles to the Brew Crew, while the latter gave up only three singles and a walk to the Phils, with each pitcher being in just one major jam during those four innings. Things then changed in the fifth, when, with one man out, J.J. Hardy hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the sixth, when, with two men on base, and two men out, Mike Cameron hits a two-run double, scoring both Corey Hart, who had earlier singled and had moved over to second base on Ryan Braun’s walk, and Braun, making it 3-0 Brewers. The score would remain that way until the bottom of the ninth when, with one out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, putting the Phils finally on the board as he made it a 3-1 Milwaukee lead. Raul Ibanez then followed with a single, bringing the tying run to the plate. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, then hits into a force out, 5-4, as Ibanez is cut down at second base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then came to the plate, looking to tie the score with one swing of the bat. Instead, he hits a single, putting runners on first and third, as Feliz moved over to third, with still two men out. As Eric Bruntlett went to first base to pinch run for Stairs, Chris Coste came out to pinch hit. Coste ended the ballgame by striking out, swinging, and being thrown out at first, 2-3, when the ball is dropped by Brewers’ catcher Jason Kendall, as Todd Coffey was finally able to record his second save of the year.
Joe Blanton took the lost inspite of throwing a quality start, as he went six strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning in relief, giving up no hits as he struck out one. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on a walk, striking out two. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, walking a batting while striking out one. Braden Looper got the win as he threw six shut out innings, giving up just five scattered hits and walking two. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Mark DiFelice pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits as he struck out two. Carlos Villanueva also pitched a scoreless inning, while holding the lead, giving up no hits. Todd Coffey got the save, his second of the season, as he gave up a run on three hits, while he struck out two.
The Phillies had only eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, for the team’s only RBI. Werth’s two hits raised his average to .306. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs and Joe Blanton got the other six hits, all singles, as the Phillies were unable to put together an offensive attack during the ballgame until it was too late to have any effect.
The Phillies (6-7) conclude their three-games set with the Brewers (5-9) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game is presently in progress. The Phils send to the mound their ace Cole Hamles (0-1, 11.17), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phillies’ 8-7 lost. He will be looking for his first win while looking to improve on both his control and ball speed. His opponent will be Dave Bush (0-0, 5.40), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, although pitching better in his April 11 start against the Cubs, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 6-5 lost. He will also be trying for his first win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first series at home.
Jamie Moyer pitched six plus strong innings while Phillies’ batters batted around twice as the Phillies defeated the struggling Brewers, 11-4.
Milwaukee took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Ryan Braun hits a two-out, solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phillies then went to work on Manny Parra in their half of the first. With the bases loaded via a walk (Shane Victorino), a single (Chase Utley) and a second walk (Ryan Howard), the Phillies took a 2-1 lead as Jayson Werth’s hits an RBI double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, as Howard stopped at third. The Phillies made it 3-1 as Raul Ibanez knocked in Howard with an RBI single, while sending Werth on to third. Pedro Feliz made it 4-1 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Werth, while Ibanez stopped at second base. The Phils made it 5-1 in the third as Feliz hits a two-out, solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Brewers cut the Phils lead to 5-3 in the fifth as Braun hits a two-out, two-run home run, his second home run of the game and his third home run of the year, knocking in Casey McGehee, who had earlier singled. The Phillies came back in their half of the fifth, scoring five runs. With runners on first and third and one man out, Chris Coste hits an RBI ground out on a slow grounder to third base, 5-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked, stole second and had gone to third on a wild pitch, making it 6-3 Phillies, and sending Feliz, who had also walked, over to second base. After Jamie Moyer had gotten on base with a walk, and Jimmy Rollins has singled to right to load the bases, sending the runners over to third and second, respectively, Victorino made it 7-3 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Feliz, while sending Moyer over to third and Rollins to second, leaving the bases loaded. Utley made it 8-3 Phillies with a bases-loaded walk, scoring Moyer and moving up a base both Rollins and Victorino. With Howard batting, the Phillies made it 10-3, as R.J. Swindle threw a wild pitch, scoring Rollins from third, as catcher Jason Kendall threw the ball past Swindle, who was covering home plate, for a throwing error, allowing Victorino to score and for Utley to reach third base. Swindle finally ended the inning by striking out Howard. Feliz made it 11-3 Phillies in the sixth as he hits an infield single to the second baseman, which was deflected off of Swindle, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled and had move over to third base on Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3. The Brewers made it 11-4 Phillies as Braun hits a two-out, RBI single, scoring Kendall, who had gotten on base earlier with a walk, had moved over to second base on pinch hitter Mike Rivera’s single and had gone on to third on Corey Hart’s ground out, 4-3. That would be the final score as the Phillies’ bullpen kept the Brewers from scoring in the last two innings.
Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched sixth innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Clay Condrey pitched one and two-third scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, while striking out two. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk. Manny Parra took the lost for the Brewers, as he went just four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four. His record is now 0-3 with a high ERA of 8.16. Jorge Julio pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch. R.J. Swindle pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Seth McClung pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Villanueva also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit and a walk.
The Phillies collected thirteen hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in three runs and scoring two, as he increased his batting average to .359. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Chris Coste were next with two hits apiece, with both Werth and Coste’s two hits being doubles. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other two Phils’ hits. Besides Feliz, Werth would knock in two runs, while Victorino, Utley, Ibanez and Coste would each knock in a run. Despite the offensive display, the pitching staff is still giving up too many home runs, as Moyer was the victim of two home runs at the hands of Ryan Braun, who knocked in all four of the Brewers’ runs.
The Phillies (6-6, 2nd) continued their three games series with the Brewers (4-9, 6th National League Central) with another night game from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 9.00), who in his last start, on April 16 in Washington, lost his first start as a Phil, as he went six innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost to the Nationals. He will be trying for his first win in 2009, while trying to bring his ERA down even more. The Brewers will oppose him with Braden Looper (1-0, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Cincinnati Reds on April 15, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 9-3 win. He will be going for his second straight win. The Phillies will be trying for their first series win at home, while trying to increase their winning streak to three games.
Four long bombs from Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell (2) and Jayson Werth and six strong innings of work from Joe Blanton would help propel the Phillies into the National League Championship Series as they defeated the Brewers, 6-2. On the sixth pitch of the ballgame from Brewers’ starter Jeff Suppan, Jimmy Rollins would help to silence the Brewers’ faithful as he would hit a solo home run, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. As Joe Blanton would keep the Brewers’ bats silent, the Phillies would increase their lead in the third, when, with runners on first and second, and two men out, Pat Burrell would hit a three-run home run, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier doubled, and Ryan Howard, who has been intentionally walked, to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. One batter later, Jayson Werth would hit a solo shot of his own, making it 5-0 Phillies. That would be the score until the seventh, when Prince Fielder would hit a lead-off solo home run of his own off of Blanton, his only hit in the series, to make it a 5-1 Phillies’ lead. The Phillies would get the run back in the eighth, as, with two outs, Burrell would hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot that would make it 6-1 Phillies. The Brewers would score their second run of the game in their half of the eighth, as, with a runner on third, and two outs, Ryan Braun would hit a RBI single, scoring Mike Cameron, who has earlier singled, moved to second on defensive indifference and would move on to third on Ray Durham’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 6-2. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the ninth in a non-save situation and easily put down the Brewers, getting the final out on a Jason Kendall ground out, 6-3.
Joe Blanton would get the win, as he pitches six strong innings plus two batters, giving up only one earned run on five hits, while striking out seven. His post-season record is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.50. Ryan Madson would pitch two innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. Jeff Suppan would get the lost, as he pitches only three innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits and walking three batters, while striking out three. His post-season record is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA. Yovani Gollardo would pitch three shut out innings, giving up only one hit, while striking out one. Manny Parra would go one and two-thirds innings, giving up no earned runs on one hit and striking out three. Guillermo Mota would pitch an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits.
With the win, the Phillies have won their first post season series since their defeat of the Atlanta Braves in the 1993 National League Championship Series. Also, this is the first game in the series that the Phils have scored in more than one inning, scoring a run in the first, four more runs in the third and a final run in the eighth. And Joe Blanton would pitch a rather superb game, keeping the Brewers off-balanced in the process, never allowing them to have more than one man on base during his six innings of work, before being relieved after giving up a home run and a single in the seventh. The Phillies will now rest until Thursday, when they will face the Dodgers for the first time in the playoffs since their defeat of LA back in the 1983 National League Championships Series. GO PHILLIES!!! BEAT LA!!!!!
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.
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.