The Phillies broke out the bats to defeat the Dodgers to win the National League Pennant to advance to the World Series for the second straight season.
Who did what?
Cole Hamels (ND) allowed three runs on five hits in four and a third. He walked one and struck out three.
Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a homer (2) and three RBIs.
Jayson Werth went 3 for 4 with two homers (3) and four RBIs.
Raul Ibanez went 1 for 4 with a double (1) and an RBI.
Pedro Feliz went 1 for 4 with homer (1) and an RBI.
Chad Durbin (W, 1-0) struck out one and didn’t allow any base runners in an inning and a third of relief.
Vicente Padilla (L, 0-1) allowed six runs on four hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Andre Ethier went 2 for 4 with a homer (1) and an RBI.
Matt Kemp went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
James Loney went 1 for 3 with a homer (2) and an RBI.
Orlando Hudson went 1 for 1 with a homer (1) and an RBI.
What does this mean?
For the second time in as many seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies are going to the World Series.
Despite another shaky outing from Cole Hamels, the offense came alive to send Vicente Padilla to the showers in the fourth inning, (where he presumably joined Manny Ramirez), as the Phillies bullpen worked a brilliant four and a third to preserve the lead.
After the Dodgers took an early lead in the first behind a solo shot from Andre Ethier, the Phillies bounced right back. With two outs, Padilla walked Chase Utley and Ryan Howard before giving up a three-run shot to Jayson Werth, who served the 3-2 offering deep into the right field seats.
The Dodgers scored in the top of the second, this time on a solo shot from James Loney, to cut the lead to one run. The Phillies answered back in the bottom half of the frame, as Pedro Feliz went yard for the first time in the series.
Things would stay that way until the bottom of the fourth, when Raul Ibanez doubled in Werth, extending the lead to 5-2. Five batters later, and with the bases loaded, reliever George Sherrill plunked Shane Victorino to force in another run to put the Phillies up by four.
Cole Hamels settled in after giving up the homer to Loney, retiring eight in a row and 10 of the next 11 hitters. He ran into trouble in the top of the fifth, when Orlando Hudson belted a solo shot, which was followed by a double from Rafeal Furcal, chasing Hamels from the game. Jay Happ came on to retire Andre Ethier for the second out, while Chad Durbin induced a weak ground out from Manny Ramirez to end the Dodger threat.
Shane Victorino added a two run blast in the bottom of the sixth, and Jayson Werth added his second homer of the night, a solo shot, in the bottom of the seventh to give the Phillies a 9-3 lead.
The Dodgers would add a run on a Matt Kemp single in the eighth, and despite having the bases loaded with nobody out, they would manage only one run, as Ryan Madson came on to end the threat and the rally.
In the ninth inning, Charlie Manuel turned to Brad Lidge to protect the 10-4 lead, and Lidge responded by striking out pinch hitter Mark Loretta to begin the inning, popping out Furcal, and getting Ronnie Belliard to fly out to center to end the game and to send the Phillies back to the World Series.
It’s been a long season, but the Phillies are making good on the promise of last year’s parade. The promise to march down Broad Street, again and again, as World Series Champions.
And with eight wins in the bag, the Phillies now await their American League opponent.
This series, and the one before it, have been a microcosm of the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies: Talent, determination, and grit. They used brilliant starting pitching when they had it, the bats when they didn’t, a bullpen that somehow looked reminiscent of 2008, and come-from-behind-can-you-believe-it-rallies when all hope seemed lost.
And their reward? A date with destiny.
By winning the National League Pennant, they’ve become the first team since the 2000-01 New York Yankees to make back-t0-back appearances in the World Series, and the first National League team since the 1995-96 Atlanta Braves.
And in a week’s time, they will take to the biggest stage of them all, in hopes to become the first NL team since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds to win back-to-back titles.
What’s next for our 2009 National League Division Series Winning Champion Heroes?
The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the World Series!
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