Phillies Will Go To The National League Championship Series!
And the fans go wild!!! Today marks the Phillies first post-season series win since the 1993 team. They beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2. Jimmy Rollins got the game started off on the right note by slamming a lead-off home run over the right field wall to silence the Milwaukee crowd. But the big bangs in the game came off the bat of Pat Burrell who hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning and a solo homer in the 8th. Burrell wound up going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. These were Burrell’s first hits in this 4 game series. Greg Dobbs also did not disappoint as he was given the start over Pedro Feliz. Dobbs had 2 hits in 3 at bats and did his job on defense. Jayson Werth also had one hit and one RBI in the game and he continues to be a solid, everyday player.
What really kept the Phillies in the game today was starter Joe Blanton, who was outstanding; he has finally lived up to his hyped reputation. Blanton gave the Phillies 6 solid innings, allowing only 5 hits and one run that came off a home run from Prince Fielder in the 7th before Blanton was pulled. He pitched to contact and also had 7 strikeouts. The Brewers threw the kitchen sink at him, even going so far as to have starting pitcher CC Sabathia pinch hit in the 3rd inning. Blanton responded and struck out Sabathia. In fact, Blanton handled their entire line-up well and never looked rattled. The bullpen did their job, allowing only 1 more run which was charged to Ryan Madson. Brad Lidge pitched the 9th in a non-save situation and did not disappoint. He sent the Brewers into the off-season on 16 pitches.
As you may be aware, the Phillies will face the LA Dodgers in the NLCS which will start on Thursday, October 9th. For now, the Phillies have 3 days to rest and prepare for the challenge ahead. All I can say now is….yeah!!!!!!!! Go Phillies!
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