It felt like a rerun watching the game last night. Hamels was solid for a few innings, then a call didn't go his way (Teixeira ball 4), the sulking began, and then a crushing hit by the opposition (A-Rod's camera ball). Phils still had the 3-2 lead heading into the top of the 5th, but Cole imploded and the game was lost. Hamels postseason ERA- 7.58, 7 hr allowed, and a .316 average against. Following the game Cole laughed it up with reporters and offered this poorly timed and worded quote...
"I can't wait for it to end. It's been mentally draining. But, you know what, it's one of those things, a year in, you just can't wait for a fresh start."
Ryan Howard, The Wind Maker-
Howard is prone to striking out, he's fanned 878 times in 732 regular season games, but he's taking it to a new level in the World Series with 9 k's in 13 at bats (69%).
Jayson Werth & Chooch Ruiz, The Hope-
These two seem to be the only positional players that can hack it against the Yankees this series. With his 2 shots last night, Werth now has 11 postseason homeruns (9 with the Phillies, a Phillies record). Meanwhile, Chooch continues building his heroic postseason credentials- .300/.411/.478, 14 r, 7 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 sb, 16:4 BB:K (29 games).
Charlie Manuel, The Strategist-
Pinch hitting Eric Bruntlett in the 6th, with Ben Francisco on the bench, and then went on to never use Francisco...pure genius. Why pitch Madson in the 9th, was he in to setup the loss?
Scott Eyre, The Truth-
Once again, I recommend reading Eyre's playoff blog. He had this to say following last night's loss...
"We got beat tonight. We didn't make mental errors. They hit the ball. But we're confident going into Game 4."
Big Joe vs. Big CC, The Beef-
Blanton is listed at 250 pounds and Sabathia 290 (per MLB.com), combined weight of 540. That's a lot of beef on the mound tonight. Phils absolutely need to get after CC and have a Blanton pitch well. 2-2, makes it a 3 game series; 3-1 makes it do-or-die.