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.
*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.