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Posted at 9:13 p.m. ET
Well, it is the bottom of the second inning and I am so hoping the Phillies wrap up the 2008 National League pennant with a win over the Dodgers tonight…not just because I am a HUGE Phillies fan, but because I will run out into traffic to avoid hearing the audible vomit coming out of FOX announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
McCarver won’t stop with his “Cole Hamels does not look right” schtick and keeps calling Phils catcher Carlos Ruiz (Ru-eez), Carlos Ru-ez.
Also, I don’t want to hear crap from anyone about Phillies fans. Yeah, there are a good number that are dopes who overdose on mega-dopey 610 WIP. But most are pretty intelligent…really. And you know what else? They show up for playoff games.
They just showed a shot of Dodger Stadium — keep in mind it is now the top of the third inning as I type this sentence — and there appears to be 35,000 (if that) there. The place holds 56,000. Now, I know the stereotype of the typical Dodger fan is that he/she arrives late and leaves early. But reports earlier today said that StubHub was reporting tickets going for as low as $8 at one point. At that same time, the average price for a ticket to tonight’s Game 5 was just $89 on StubHub.
$89…for Game 5 of the NLCS. Are you kidding me? So the great Dodgers fans don’t want to be there for what could be the final game of the season for their beloved team…some loyalty, eh?
That being said, since I have been typing, they showed another crowd shot and it looks a bit more full, but there are plenty of empty seats still visible.
Anyway, the Phils are up 1-0 at this point and they have two men on with two outs in the third…Ryan Howard, who seriously needs to get a big hit soon, is at the plate.
And he just missed an extremely hittable 1-1 fastball on the inside part of the plate for strike two…the next pitch is in the dirt to make it a 2-2 count to Howard…here is the 2-2 pitch…BASE HIT TO RIGHT FIELD…JIMMY ROLLINS SCORES, CHASE UTLEY GOES TO THIRD…RUNNERS ON THE CORNERS FOR PAT BURRELL…2-0 PHILLIES!
OK…I’ll post a bit later…unless Pat Burrell adds onto the lead.
Posted at 9:15 p.m. ET
And Pat Burrell DOES add onto the lead with a single to right…Utley scores to make it 3-0 and Howard went to third to again put runners on the corners, still with two outs. And, with Shane Victorino at the plate, a wild pitch sends Burrell to second and now Victorino will be intentionally walked to load the bases for Pedro Feliz. And now there will be a pitching change, as Dodgers manager Joe Torre comes out to take out starter Chad Billingsley.
Posted at 11:23 p.m. ET
Well, Cole Hamels struck out Jeff Kent looking with two men on base to end the seventh inning to close the book on his day…and, again this postseason, the lefty came through for the Fightins with seven strong innings. The only blemish was a solo home run off the bat off, you guessed it, Manny Ramirez in the sixth.
The Phils went up 5-0 in the fifth inning when Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal made three errors in the inning, including two on one play. With one out and runners on first and second, Pat Burrell hit a grounder to Furcal’s right. Furcal got to the ball, but then booted it…literally. He kicked the ball away from him, allowing Chase Utley to score from second. Furcal compounded the first error by making a wild throw home that allowed Howard to go to third and Burrell to advance to second.
After Shane Victorino was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, Pedro Feliz struck out and Carlos Ruiz hit a grounder to Furcal for what appeared to be the third out of the inning. However, Furcal made an awful throw to first that allowed Ruiz to reach safely and plated Howard with the Phils’ fifth run of the night. Here is my photographic tribute to the Dodgers in that inning:
As I type this, the Phils hold a 5-1 lead in the top of the ninth and need closer Brad Lidge to get three more outs in the bottom half of the frame to reach the World Series for the first time since 1993 and the sixth time in franchise history.