Friday, October 03, 2008

CC Ya Later


Before yesterday's win, it seemed that the media came to a foregone conclusion that CC Sabathia would pitch a complete game shutout and totally demoralize the Phillies and their rabid fans, tying up the series 1-1 as it headed to Milwaukee for the weekend...not so fast. Brett Myers, hitting extraordinaire, worked CC over for an estimated 73 pitches in his 2 at bats against him yesterday (okay, more like 19), collecting a game-changing walk in the 2nd, and a lazy fly out (later he got a hit off of a Brewers reliever). The bottom of the 2nd inning began with a fly out by Burrell, followed by a Werth double, then a Feliz double, and a Ruiz ground out. Next the crowd went nuts with every Myers foul-tip and take, until it erupted with joy when CC gave him the free pass. CC then gave Jimmy the base on balls too, and left a fat one hanging for Vic to go Yahtzee with his first career grand slam. In the end Sabathia was gone after 3 2/3 innings while surrendering 5 walks, 6 hits (all for extra bases), and 5 runs. Mix in the beating of CC with a good post-1st inning Brett Myers and a solid relief group of Ryan Madson, JC Romero, and Brad Lidge and you've got yourselves a pretty packaged 5-2 victory and 2-0 series lead.

Day Off:
*Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Pat Burrell need to get themselves straightened out because aside from Utley's gift double in game 1 they've collectively been non-factors going 1-17 (.059), with 8 k's, 7 walks, 1 r, and 2 rbi.

*Brad Lidge was 1-2-3 Lights Out last night when he took the mound in the 9th, which was a breath of fresh air.

*The Phils aggressiveness on the bases not only helps move them closer to homeplate, but also puts pressure on the pitcher and the infield defense. For the upteenth time- Thank You Davey Lopes.

*I managed to get Game 5 tickets, but never in my life would I be so happy to waste $8 (nonrefundable service charge) if it meant the Phils clinching before then thus nullifying the need for a return game in Philly.

~Carson

25 comments:

GreggyD said...

I also have tickets to game 5 if it would be necessary thanks to one of my buddies who had 3 tickets fall into his lap. All I could say to him is "Hopefully we won't have to use those tickets." The feeling of closing it out on Saturday would be unexplainable.

GM-Carson said...

Moyer is the destroyer, so I'm feeling clinch on Saturday. Chug Milwaukee's beer!

Stephanie Grace said...

Last night was great, no question. The Myers at bat in the second will go down as legend.

However...

How do you guys feel about the 17 that were stranded on base? Makes me a little nervous.

furiousBall said...

we are so in the driver's seat, [fill in a driver's sear metaphor here]

GreggyD said...

I look at the LOB numbers two ways. You could ask what the hell is wrong with the team and why couldn't they knock them in. Let's face it, the score last night could have been similar to that in Chicago, but the Phils didn't cash in with runners on, especially in in scoring position and most of that can be blamed on Utley, Howard, and Burrell who have gone freezing cold.

However, you could also look at it and say that we torched their pitching staff (including the "unhittable" CC Sabathia) for a lot of hits and managed to get on base consistently throughout the game. The Phillies were one swing of the bat away from opening up that game even more and that is promising because in Game 1, they couldn't get base runners to save their lives. Sabathia is arguably the toughest pitcher that they will face in the playoffs no matter how far they go and they handled him well. It restored my faith in this offense a little bit. If the 3-4-5 hitters can get it going, look out.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

2nd inning: The greatest inning of my lifetime.

Soss said...

I was at the game last night, and I feel like the cheering started for Myers in the 2nd because he looked so bad in his first swing against C.C. It was almost a mocking cheer. Then once C.C. started losing the strike one and the chanting started, it turned into something beautiful.

Stephanie Grace said...

Good point GreggyD, I'm feeling pretty optimistic myself. I guess I just really wanted to see them open it up more because everybody was really feeling it after the 2nd.

They should wrap it up on Saturday night, Mil-ee-wah-kay is totally deflated.

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies have only score in 2 innings in 2 games, but they have won both games, so whatever. Situational hitting has never really been this team's strong point.

GM-Carson said...

I was out on the town today and I've never seen so many people (outside of CBP) sporting Phillies gear. Lot of "Go Phils", "How about that game?", and #1 finger points going around. Damn it feels good to be a gansta...oops, sorry chanelled my inner Ghetto Boy there, I mean, damn it feels good to be a Phils Phan.

GM-Carson said...

Shane Victorino's postseason stats: 5 g, 15 ab, 5 h, 3 r, 2 dbl, 2 hr, 6 rbi, 3 bb, .333 avg, 1.311 OPS, 4 sb.

Wow!

GM-Carson said...

Postseason stats:

Chase Utley- 5 g, 19 ab, 1 r, 3 h, 1 dbl, 2 rbi, 3 bb, 8 k, .158 avg, .484 OPS.

Ryan Howard- 5 g, 16 ab, 1 r, 3 h, 1 hr, 1 rbi, 4 bb, 11 k, .188 avg, .656 OPS.

Pat Burrell- 5 g, 16 ab, 1 r, 2 h, 1 hr, 1 rbi, 4 bb, 4 k, .125 avg, .613 OPS.

Ouch!

BloodStripes said...

"Moyer the Destroyer". Nice. 45 years old and feared around the league. Man I hope he turns it on to wrap up the series. I keep saying Phils are gonna sweep. I sure hope it happens.

Victorino is our very own Mr October.

SirAlden said...

Has anyone ever told you the long shaggy dog story about the Star Milwaukee Relief Pitcher, Milt Famie? How the Cubbies Players take him out, get him drunk and hungover so he ends up walking the Bases Loaded, and then the walking in the Winning Run?

The Punch Line after a one hour story, ends in the bar after the game when the two Cubbies Raise up their Beer to Clink them in Triumph! to say.....

"Yup! This is the Beer that made Milt Famie Walk Us!"

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