PHILLIES WIN THE PENNANT!
The Phillies advanced to their sixth World Series in franchise history with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cole Hamels — the National League Championship Series most valuable player — pitched a sterling seven innings of one-run baseball. The run came off a Manny Ramirez home run. The Hall of Famer knocked out a high pitch — more power to him. But who cares!
The Phils scored early, often, and secured their victory. Jimmy Rollins — just like in game four of the NLDS — hit a leadoff home run to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. Then the boys piled it on. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell had huge two-out hits to give the good guys a 3-0 lead. Dodger errors contributed to what became a 5-0 lead. That was more than enough for Hamels and the Phils.
Big props to Ryan Madson, who continues to be the shut-down setup man this team has desired. He defused a lite eighth-inning rally by the Dodgers, getting Ramirez to ground out in that frame. Brad Lidge secured the ninth, getting the Nomar Garciaparra pop-out to Carlos Ruiz to end the NLCS.
Go crazy, Philadelphia, go crazy. The Phillies are National League champions!
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