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Howard, Werth come up big as Phillies finish Rockies

Oct 12, 2009, 9:57 PM EDT

Ryan Howard had the go-ahead hit in the ninth Sunday. This time he settled for the game-tying two-run double and left it up to Jayson Werth to knock him in. Werth, who hit a solo homer in the sixth, did just that with a single to center and the Phillies won 5-4.
The one non-sweep in Divisional Series play featured another thrilling game Monday, with the Rockies scoring three times in the bottom of the eighth, only to have the Phillies come back with three runs in the top of the ninth and clinch the series in four games.
It was the worst possible matchup for the Rockies and then the worst-case scenario Saturday: because of the snowout that pushed back the two games in Denver one day apiece, the Phillies were going to be able to start five straight southpaws against a Colorado lineup that, at its best, features five left-handed hitters.
In the end, the Rockies did their best and got to both Cole Hamels in Game 2 and J.A. Happ in Game 3. However, they fell a little short in Game 3 anyway and they struggled mightily to solve Cliff Lee, who allowed two earned runs over 16 1/3 innings between Games 1 and 4.
So, now Divisional Series play is over, all too soon again. Is there better evidence for the need of a seven-game first round than what happened to Colorado? Baseball is a 25-man game, but the Phillies were able to win a series with one pitcher throwing 45 percent of their innings. It’s an absurd way to go about deciding the true champion. Having the best pitcher in a series should provide a nice advantage, but it’s too extreme of one in a short series filled with off days.
The Phillies have to be pretty excited with the way they’re playing as they head to Los Angeles. Their power hitters are clicking on all cylinders, and even Brad Lidge might have a little confidence back after picking up saves in back-to-back games.

  1. FZ - Oct 13, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Well said. Very classy post. Root for the Phils!

  2. Omega - Oct 13, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    It is hard to root agaist them, great bunch of players, great manager, and a great organization all around. And they aren’t the Dodgers!
    I would love to see a Phillies-Angels World Series.

  3. jilly in philly - Oct 13, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    The Phillies are a a great bunch of guys with a superb leader in Charlie Manuel and his excellent staff. This team is tremendous and they have no taint of PEDs, great character, and a super work ethic. They play as a team. Anyone would be hard pressed to find a better group of guys on any other team in the MLB. Hats off to the Rockies for a great season but the better team won. Bring on the Dodgers! Go Phils!

  4. jilly in philly - Oct 13, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Hey BIGBRUCE…the pitiful bullpen was Colorado’s not Philly’s. (Houston (Street), you have a problem.) Game 3 got into the Phillies’ bullpen pretty early and it was Street who gave away the game. It’s the playoffs and the Phillies’ bullpen is ready to go the distance.

  5. Cardiff Giant - Oct 13, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    The whiny moon crickets always want to have “one more shot because their teams come up short. Wah wah wah. It’s over.

  6. Cricket - Feb 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    A thoughtful insight and ideas I will use on my blog. You’ve obviously spent some time on this. Well done!

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