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Tag:Jayson Werth
Posted on: October 29, 2008 10:05 pm

Phillies win!

PHILADELPHIA -- Arguably the most unusual World Series game in history Wednesday night brought with it one of the most unusual World Series finishes in history: For only the second time ever, the Philadelphia Phillies won the title.

Following a 46-hour delay, the first World Series game ever suspended resumed on Wednesday night, in the bottom of the sixth inning, with both the Phillies and Tampa Bay playing as if they were racing the clock.

From what it looked like, the 45,940 packing Citizens Bank Park returned en masse. They stood for the entire final 3 1/2 innings. And they rocked like rarely before when the Phillies finished it off 4-3.

The Phillies won it behind RBI singles from Jayson Werth (sixth inning) and Pedro Feliz (seventh).

They won it when J.C. Romero worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, and when closer Brad Lidge slammed the door -- again -- in the ninth inning. It capped a perfect season for Lidge: He converted 41 of 41 save opportunities during the regular season, and seven-of-seven in the postseason.

The ninth inning kept them guessing: After Evan Longoria popped to Chase Utley in shallow center field, Dioner Navarro cracked a broken-bat single to right. Pinch-runner Fernando Perez stole second, but pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist lined to Werth in right field.

Then, in a moment Phillies fans will remember forever, with the potential tying run on second and an 0-1 count on Eric Hinske, the pinch-hitter struck out.

Lidge immediately dropped to his knees and thrust his arms, while catcher Carlos Ruiz rushed out to hug him. The rest of the Phillies flew to the scene, creating an instant jampile that will be replayed on video around here for years.

"It's honestly very hard to control emotions right now," Lidge said.

And that much was clear -- for all of the Phillies.

It was the Phillies' first World Series title since 1980, and only the second in club history. Considering that this was the 104th World Series played, it's been quite a wait for a club from a city that has become accustomed to watching everyone else win championships.

Not since the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983 has one of the four major professional sports teams in Philadelphia won a title.


Category: MLB
Posted on: October 25, 2008 7:41 pm

No wholesale lineup changes for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- After considering splitting lefties Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the lineup so that the Phillies wouldn't be so susceptible to left-handed relievers in the late innings, manager Charlie Manuel decided to leave his lineup mostly intact for Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night.

Utley remains in the three hole and Howard is hitting cleanup.

"I thought about maybe switching Howard and Utley, but when I go back to it, if you look at their production against left-handed pitchers, they're as high as anyone on our team.

"Jayson Werth has 16 homers, he's got good numbers against lefties. But Utley and Howard, they've got numbers that go against lefties, and I didn't see no reason why to bust them up."

Against left-handed pitchers this year, Utley hit 13 homers and had 33 RBI. Howard had 14 homers and 49 RBI.

The one move Manuel did make -- and it's been part of his regular lineup rotation all year -- is move right fielder Jayson Werth into the second slot and drop Shane Victorino to sixth. Also, Pedro Feliz is playing third base instead of Greg Dobbs.

Manuel is hoping that this will bring the desired results to the Phillies lineup. They are 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position in this series (.036), and their overall postseason hasn't been much better. In three series so far -- against the Cubs in the divisional series, Dodgers in the NLCS and the Rays -- the Phillies are 18-for-102 (.176) with runners in scoring position.

Meantime, at 7:37 EDT here, the tarp remains on the field, a steady rain is falling and a warm wind is blowing hard. Still, the latest I'm hearing is that baseball officials think the worst of it will be past by 8 and they're hoping to get the game in after a short delay.

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