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Phillies are one win away from second title

Posted on: October 26, 2008 11:39 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2008 1:07 am

PHILADELPHIA -- When the postseason began, the Phillies had won just four postseason series in their 126-year history.

Now they're one win away from winning the World Series, after a 10-2 win over the Rays in Game 4 Sunday night. After beating the Brewers in four games and the Dodgers in five games, the Phillies could put away the Rays if their ace Cole Hamels can win Game 5 Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

Midseason acquisition Joe Blanton got the Game 4 win for the Phillies, and also became the first pitcher in 34 years to hit a World Series home run. Blanton's home run was the Phillies' second of the game, coming one inning after Ryan Howard's three-run shot had given the Phils a 5-1 lead. Howard homered again in the eighth, giving him five RBIs for the night. Jayson Werth also hit an eighth-inning home run for the Phillies.

Howard became the first player to homer twice in a World Series game since 2002, when three players did it. The only other Phillies with two-homer games in the postseason were Pat Burrell, who did it in the Division Series against the Brewers earlier this month, and Lenny Dykstra, who hit two in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series against the Blue Jays. Howard also became the second Phillie with a five-RBI game in the World Series, matching current Phils hitting coach Milt Thompson, who did it in that same Game 4 in 1993.

The Phillies are still just 6-for-47 (.128) for this series with runners in scoring position, but at least they finally got a couple of RISP hits that left the infield (including Howard's first and Werth's, which left the park). Meanwhile, the Rays are having trouble just getting runners into scoring position. In Game 4, they had solo home runs from Carl Crawford and Eric Hinske, but didn't advance another runner as far as third base for the first seven innings.

One more win, and the Phillies will celebrate just their second World Series title ever. The first came in 1980, when they beat the Royals in six games, with Steve Carlton winning the clinching game at old Veterans Stadium.

The Phillies are the 40th team to take a three games to one lead in a best-of-7 World Series. Of those, 35 have gone on to win the title, with 22 of them closing it out in the fifth game.

Scott Kazmir will start Game 5 for the Rays, trying to extend their season and take the World Series back to Tropicana Field, where Games 6 and 7 would be played. Hamels and Kazmir were the starters in Game 1, which the Phillies won, 3-2.


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Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:45 pm

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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:39 pm

Phillies are one win away from second title

Well Knob, your prediction of Tampa in 5 just didn't pan out. In reality the Phillies should've swept the Rays. Tampa owned game 2 building their lead and Philly didn't do much in a way of scoring until late innings to lose 4-2. But consider this, the Phillies left 11 runners on base in games 1 & 2, they left only 3 in game 3. Game 4, a game they won 10-2, they left another 8 runners on base, 1 more than the losing Rays. Game 5, they stranded 12, 7 more than TB's 5, in agame where the Rays outhit the Phillies 10-8.

Phillies should've beaten the Rays 10-2 every night of the Series and it should've been a sweep. Phinally, the NL breaks through !

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2008 3:29 pm

Phillies are one win away from second title



Gonzaga, ur an a$$hole. what city are you from?

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2008 3:23 pm

Phillies are one win away from second title

I dont know what city your from OZZMOSIS, but the Eagles dont suck, most wins of any NFL team over the last 8 seasons, Flyers, rough start this year but coming off a decent rebuilding playoff season last year, and the Sixers, probly one of the best in the NBA this year, but we will wait and see. Oh yeh, and the Phillies, you already know about that!!!

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 6:50 am

Phillies are one win away from second title

Yo chance 11,

   that has to be the stupidest comment I ever heard relating to any sporting event, especially that Victorino is our best player.  damn dude what are you smoking and for that matter what game are you watching.  The Phils have dominated this series and should be up 3-0 with three blowouts with all the guys they have had on base.  Last I heard there still on 1st and 3rd with no outs.  True its not over yet but the fat Lady is on stage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO PHILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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