Game 5 : National League Championship Series
Phillies lead 3-1
Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
8:22 p.m. / 79, sunny
Cole Hamels (14-10 3.09 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (16-10, 3.14 ERA)
Tonight, the Phillies can claim a spot in the 2008 World Series with a win.
Cole Hamels goes for the Phils, and Chad Billingsley goes for the Dodgers.
News & Notes
In game one, Hamels pitched seven innings of two-run ball en route to a victory. … Billingsley was rocked in game two, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings. … The big boppers against Billingsley (non-playoffs): Utley is hitting .400 with two walks; Howard is hitting .333 with a home run. … Shane Victorino holds the Phillies postseason record for runs batted in with 11. … He has six extra-base hits among his eight hits. … If the Phillies win, they reach the World Series for the sixth time in franchise history (1915, 1950, 1980, 1983, 1993).
Jimmy Rollins / SS
Jayson Werth / RF
Chase Utley / 2B
Ryan Howard / 1B
Pat Burrell / LF
Shane Victorino / CF
Pedro Feliz / 3B
Carlos Ruiz / C
Cole Hamels / P
Your Gamenight Beer
Here’s a Philadelphia genuine: Extra Special Ale from Yards. I’ve recommended this before, as it’s a very good, bitter, pale beer. But what I really recommend tonight is a Phillies win. One win, and the Phils are in the World Series. Come on, guys. Let’s do this. Get it done. One win. Hopefully we’ll be celebrating all night. This is our moment. No more short sentences — LET’S GO PHILLIES!