Pat “The Bat” Burrell. This is my call to re-sign him RIGHT NOW. Patrick Brian Burrell, in a contract, performed bigger then any Phillie in the biggest game of the season to date.
After struggling to swing the bats through the first three games of the NL division series, Philadelphia’s offense broke out in a big way against the Brewers in Game 4 of the NLDS series. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run and Pat Burrell connected twice to break out of his postseason slump and Jayson Werth added a solo shot to seal the deal and move the Phils one step closer to a World Series run.
Let’s not forget about Joe Blanton who had possibly his best outing in a Phillies uniform since coming over in the deal with the Oakland A’s earlier this season. He threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven to get the victory.
After the game Charlie Manuel spoke about how proud he was of this team and also added how he feels about the Phils chances against the upcoming Los Angeles Dodgers:
I think we can hold our own with them. Actually, I think we can beat anybody in the National League, really.
Some Fast Facts (courtesy of ESPN.com):
- The Phillies, who won a postseason series for the first time since the 1993 NLCS, set a postseason team record with four home runs.
- Jimmy Rollins started the game with the Phillies’ second postseason leadoff homer in team history. Rollins belted the other in Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS.
- Prince Fielder’s homer was the first by a Brewer in the postseason since Ben Oglivie’s in Game 7 of the 1982 World Series. It was the Brewers’ only extra-base hit of the game.
- The Phillies recorded 17 extra-base hits in the four-game series. The Brewers, who hit .206 in the set, had four.
Brett Myers allowed two runs and two hits in seven strong innings, pulling the Phils within one win of the NL Championship Series. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero worked the eighth, and Brad Lidge cruised in the ninth to pick up his second save of the young postseason.
Pitching on three days’ rest for the fourth consecutive start, Milwaukee Brewers’ starting pitcher CC Sabathia had his worst outing since joining the Brewers in a trade with Cleveland on July 7 allowing five earned runs on six hits in three and 2/3 innings.
Brett Myers was also a nuisance in the batters box as he took it to Sabathia with a pesky at-bat drawing a walk and dominated the rest of the Brewers from the mound. Philadelphia beat Milwaukee 5-2 on Thursday night behind Shane Victorino’s first career grand slam for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NL divisonial playoff series.
Some Quick Facts:
- The Phillies went up 2-0 in a postseason series for the first time since the 1980 World Series vs. the Royals, the only time they’ve been up 2-0 in the postseason.
- Shane Victorino, who had a bases-loaded walk in Game 1, hit the Phillies’ first postseason grand slam Thursday, his second career postseason homer overall. It was the second grand slam allowed by the Brewers in the playoffs (Don Baylor 1982).
- Victorino also became the first player in postseason history to have a homer, a double and two steals in a single game on Thursday.
Brew Crew Lost. Mets lost to the Nats. Another thriller for the Phils over the Braves. VICTORY and First Place. Ahh so sweet. Take a look for yourself.
Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and then Endy Chavez drove in the decisive run in the 10th inning and New York beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Tuesday night thanks to a stellar effort from its shaky bullpen.
Six relievers combined for seven shutout innings, helping the NL East leaders remain two games ahead of second-place Philadelphia. The Mets improved to 5-2 on their eight-game road trip against playoff contenders, winning for the 16th time in 21 games overall.
The Mets seem to be hitting their stride at exactly the right moment. Well for them, not us. It’s making things very tough as every night when we look at the scoreboard theres a W next to the Mets. Come on you yahoos, start losing some games.