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.