Philadelphia Philies 3, Milwaukee Brewers 1. Phillies lead series 1-0. The last time the Philadelphia Phillies won a playoff game was the day after my son Gaston was born. The 1993 World Series was dramatic for a lot of reasons: Cito Gaston (name coincidence), the Phillies being wild as hell on all fronts, the amazing run producing Rickey Henderson, Dave Stewart’s stare, the city getting behind Kevin Stocker and of course Joe Carter’s Game 6 World Series winning blast of Mitch “The Wild Thing” Williams (he still catches mad wreck). I remember getting screamed on by Gaston’s Mom because I focused on the television instead of everything else.
Hey…I couldn’t stand the Phillies. I wanted Cito and Rickey to get another one.
Yesterday, the Phillies created a redemption initiative of sorts by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1. Mike Cameron misplayed a third inning double by Chase Utley that was ultimately the two run difference. Brad Lidge gets the save. He’s been perfect in save chances this year.
Yovani Gallardo pitched well in the loss.
Cole Hamels had his change up swervin’ and punched out nine Brewers by keeping them guessing. Prince Fielder was a three time victim and better pick up his weight or the Brew crew will be peace.
The last time the Brewers made the post season former manager Ned Yost was a player.
If the Phillies score 3 on Carsten Charles today, the series is a wrap.
Sabathia is going on three days rest for the fourth start in a row. I know I called Ryan Howard the MVP, but C.C. has become the best pitcher (and possibly best player) in baseball since his arrival in Milwaukee.
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 2. Dodgers lead series 1-0.
James Loney’s grand slam propels Dodgers. Manny hits his 25th homer (low pitch hit 30 rows up) in post season. He’s an unbelievable talent. He’s number one all time. Bernie Williams, Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle are the only players ever with more than 16.
Boston Red Sox 4, Los Angeles Angels 1
Brian Lester, subbing for Josh Beckkkkkett, baffled the Angels with 7 k’s in 7 innings. Jason Bay’s homer lifts offense.
(Photo: Julie Jacobson/AP)