PHILLIES WIN THE PENNANT!
This doesn’t get old! For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies win back-to-back National League pennants. The Phillies 10-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers sends them back to the World Series!
Andre Eithier’s solo home run put the Dodgers on the board in the first, but Jayson Werth’s three-run shot in the bottom of the inning changed the entire atmosphere. Werth, who smacked two home runs, tipped his cap and raised his arms to the fired up crowd after a long standing ovation. That was the attitude for the rest of the game. The Phillies took a 3-1 lead and didn’t look back. Even when the Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth inning, there was no one doubted that the Phillies would win.
It wasn’t a good homecoming for Vicente Padilla, who allowed six runs, while the Phillies continued to tack on runs after his departure. Pedro Feliz and Shane Victorino each homered and Raul Ibanez added a RBI double. Victorino caught the final out as Carlos Ruiz and Brad Lidge rejoiced on the pitcher’s mound with the rest of the team joining them.
Cole Hamels, who looked shaky in his 4.1 innings, handed over his NLCS MVP to Ryan Howard. Howard certainly earned the honor – driving in a run in eight consecutive games (though it ended on Wednesday). Howard batted .333 with two home runs and eight RBI during the League Championship series.
Simply put, this series was amazing. Cliff Lee’s eight inning shutout and Jimmy Rollins’ walk-off are two of the top highlights to be remembered from one of the best postseason series in franchise history. Celebrate Philadelphia, but we still need four more wins!