4:35 PM ET from Citizens Bank Park
Outcome: Manny Ramirez is still on fire but so is Brett Myers of late. With Manny only sporting a career .158 (3 for 19) average against Myers, I think Brett can keep him in check. Hopefully the right hand heavy lineup of the Dodgers has a tough time with Brett today and he can work some solid innings. I see Jimmy and Chase getting their bats going again after an awesome game last night. I think that’s exactly what Chase needed to break out of his mini slump there. Look for Chase, Shane Vic and Jimmy to have a great day and be extremely active on the base paths. I also foresee some Jayson Werth surprise action.
Final: LA 3 PHI 6
Player of the Game: Jayson Werth – 2 for 3, HR, 2 Rs, 2 RBI, BB
Outcome: Well if the Phillies were not fired up enough for this afternoon’s NLCS game 2, word that manager Charlie Manuel’s mother has passed away, has to put their motivation over the top. The Phillies can not let down skipper Manuel’s mother’s honor and be defeated this afternoon and I predict that the Phightin’s will come out bats a blazing. Look for the the Phils to jump on Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley early and often as today’s game will feature much more offense then yesterday.
Final: LA 4 PHI 7
Player of the Game: Ryan Howard – 2 for 3, HR, 3RBI, 1R
Last night in raucous South Philly, your Phightin’s put up barely enough of a fight to eek out a Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ace Cole Hamels settled into his usual dominate outing after a shaky first couple of batters and Chase Utley and Pat Burrell provided all of the offense with more home runs as the Phillies took a 1-0 series lead over LA. Game 2 is set for this afternoon with the first pitch being tossed at 4:35pm.
With the Phillies offense looking pathetic through 5 innings, it was the flying Hawaiian sparking a rally yet again in the bottom of the 6th as he busted his hump down the line on a seemingly routine ground-out. But Victorino’s hustle forced Furcal to rush his throw which went out of the glove and over the head of first basemen James Loney and Victorino took second on the error.
The very next pitch, Utley ripped a two run blast into the right field seats and the Bank was shaking. Two batters later, “Bait” as we learned is what one Patrick Burrell is affectionately referred to by his teammates, we think its pretty explanatory what “Bait” is referring too, hit his 3rd home run in 2 games staking the Phillies to their first lead of the series.
Hamels and Ryan Madsen did the rest of the work setting the stage for another Lidge save, as he worked a 1-2-3 9th inning, and the Phillies improved their record to 80-0 when leading after 8 innings.
Chipper Jones hit his second career pinch-homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Phils 10-4 Wednesday night in the 215.
Then the Cubbies beat the New York Mets 9-6 in 10 innings, reducing the Phillies’ magic number for clinching their second straight division title to three. Three friggin’ wins, come on fellas.
The Phillies remain 1½ games ahead of the Mets. They will finish the regular season with a three-game series against the last-place Washington Nationals, starting Friday and look to capitalize.
The NL-East leading Phillies missed a chance to reduce their magic number for clinching their second straight division title against the New York Mets, who beat the Cubs 6-2 last night. Philadelphia leads New York by 1 1/2 games in the NL East. The magic number for clinching the division remains at four.
Casey Kotchman homered, Mike Hampton won for the first time in a month and the Atlanta Braves halted the streaking Phil’s playoff push with a 3-2 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night.