Phillies Beat Dodgers, Win NL Pennant!

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, October 22, 2009 12:56 AM | Comments: 116
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This doesn’t get old!  For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies win back-to-back National League pennants.  The Phillies 10-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers sends them back to the World Series!

Andre Eithier’s solo home run put the Dodgers on the board in the first, but Jayson Werth’s three-run shot in the bottom of the inning changed the entire atmosphere.  Werth, who smacked two home runs, tipped his cap and raised his arms to the fired up crowd after a long standing ovation.  That was the attitude for the rest of the game.  The Phillies took a 3-1 lead and didn’t look back.  Even when the Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth inning, there was no one doubted that the Phillies would win.

It wasn’t a good homecoming for Vicente Padilla, who allowed six runs, while the Phillies continued to tack on runs after his departure.  Pedro Feliz and Shane Victorino each homered and Raul Ibanez added a RBI double.  Victorino caught the final out as Carlos Ruiz and Brad Lidge rejoiced on the pitcher’s mound with the rest of the team joining them.

Cole Hamels, who looked shaky in his 4.1 innings, handed over his NLCS MVP to Ryan Howard.  Howard certainly earned the honor – driving in a run in eight consecutive games (though it ended on Wednesday). Howard batted .333 with two home runs and eight RBI during the League Championship series.

Simply put, this series was amazing.  Cliff Lee’s eight inning shutout and Jimmy Rollins’ walk-off are two of the top highlights to be remembered from one of the best postseason series in franchise history.  Celebrate Philadelphia, but we still need four more wins!

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  • Posts: 0 Jocksniffer

    Cot-damn… the more I see Pedro in pins, the more I love him.


  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Amen. It’s just an honor and a privilege to be a fan of this team. Let’s all cherish this moment now, and get ready to watch the Phils REPEAT AS WORLD CHAMPIONS!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    2 in a row. time for a statue of the old man
    could see it on the players face after the game. 4 more wins gentlemen.
    Enjoy this but the task is not completed.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan


    What can we say? I could get used to these celebrations.

    Greatest Philly sports team I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing — now I expect good things to happen during the games now.

    The poll on Philly.com says 75 percent want to play the Yankees. That’s right, philly fans, we’ve gotten so confident, we WANT the yankees.

    Four more, boys.

    I want to fly home again for another parade!!!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    4 more wins!!!! I’m still thirsty!

  • Posts: 0 Kansas Phan

    I can’t help but think Harry the K is looking down on all this and smiling! Wonder if he had some “pull” on Monday night?! THAT was a thing of beauty!!

    Wish I was back there joining in the celebration again! My cousin went to last year’s parade and said it was absolutely incredible! Would be SO fun to come back there for it…alas, I can’t this year, so they’ll just have to 3-PEAT!! :)


  • Posts: 0 Greg F.

    This is the best Phillies baseball team I’ve seen in the 37 years I’ve been watching following this franchise. And I was at the Vet for game six in 1980. That was a good team – this one is better.

    A showdown with the Yankees is inevitable. The Phitin’s are going to have to amp it up a notch, and we’re going to have to get some breaks along the way. But anyone who doesn’t believe this team can take down the evil empire hasn’t been watching. High Hopes! This one’s for you, Harry!

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    I guess the question is, who pitches for the Series?

    I’d go with Lee, Martinez, Hamels, Blanton. Anyone else?

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Phil Sheridan writes in tomorrow’s column that these Phillies might be the greatest Philly team ever. In any sport:


    I won’t argue. They’re the best I’ve ever seen.

    I can’t think about the Series rotation tonight. We’ll have a week to debate that.

    Right now I’m just savoring this.


  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Just finished watching the Clubhouse celebration on CBS3 and I paused for a moment and thought of the Amazins and what coulda been.I have reached the point where the Phillies are gonna be the top of the class for the next few years and I even see the Nationals bypassing the Amazins in 2010 and beyond.Good luck in the Fall Classic….ONLY 119 more days til Pitchers and Catchers.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    If hamels starts a game from here on its not good.
    As if the whole regular season wasnt enough. He is the only SP in the post season to suck so far.
    Lee Pedro Blanton happ

  • Posts: 0 keng

    cant help but feel great for ibanez – lee – martinez – love it when folks like that take a chance on coming to a town like philly instead of one of the bigger media centers like new york – la – even boston – and it really pays off!!

    hate to hex them but the bull pen is starting to look stronger/more reliable – atleast park – durbin – eyre – lidge!!! – they will be so key in a long series against a team like new york – hope happ finds his place and gets some quality innings in before all this is over as well!!

    offensively what more can u ask for from howard – may become the greatest we’ve ever seen here – especially if this newly developed ability to hit doubles and singles is a permanent thing – could start really giving pujois a run for his money – plus such a quality guy!! – what a hero!! – sure hope he gets his due here in philly!!!

  • Posts: 0 Barry

    As a Phillies fan since the early 1960s, I can tell you that this is indeed the best Phillies team I have ever seen! They excel in every aspect of the game — pitching, hitting, defense, running the bases — and I love their attitude towards playing the game.

    We are quite fortunate to have so many great players on this team — Chase Utley has to be the smartest player in baseball and Ryan Howard probably the best offensive weapon in baseball. Many of Phillies are stepping up and playing better in the postseason than the regular season including Werth, Ruiz, Victorino.

    Now, if they can only win back-to-back WS, that would be truly an amazing accomplishing for a Philly team.


  • Posts: 0 keng

    hamels needs to find himself before the series – we need him to be stronger than he’s been – come on cole baby!!!!

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    After 4 days in a hospital in London, England with barely a pitch seem to wake up from the first normal sleep and find our beloved Phils are back in the series is as good of a wake-up as there can be.

    As the starting pitching stands it’s going to be a tough call since the weather could very well wipe Pedro from making anything more than a game 4 cross-your-fingers in that cold start. I think Cole can still give you some viable innings but if Lee can resume his dominance and maybe Happ be a logical start we have a fighting change at the repeat.

    Presuming they wrap things up the Yankees were always going to be the toughest opponent to meet this year, for once I feel confident we can draw on whatever fire they bring.

    Gonna be a hell of a series! GO PHILS!

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Great column by Tom Boswell in the Washington Post — praising the character of the Phils.

    Boswell’s been covering baseball for decades. He’s old school. And he knows an old school baseball team that loves to play the game when he sees it.

    It totally captures what this team and Charlie are about:


  • Posts: 0 j reed

    NJ – you were in a hospital…are you okay, Phillies winning aside. I hope you didn’t miss much.

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Last year was great and all, but now I want a second one to solidify our standing in history. To shut up all the people who said we weren’t that good, we lucked out last year, we only played the Rays and they weren’t as good as the Sox (despite the Rays beating them), etc. I want to shut up all the critics, but then again, this is Philly and we know that won’t happen. I’m sure there will be some “but…” or some other excuse after we repeat. Let’s go Fightins!!!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Philly Texan – great article. I think it’s all part of his charm…people under estimate those they think are “fools”. It’ s the Kesyer Soze (usual suspects)

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    phiily texan – that’s the “keyser soze effect

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Just want to say that I’m so proud to be able to represent this fan base by writing for a site as awesome as Phillies Nation. It’s times like this that I’ll never forget, and hopefully tomorrow, at some point, I’ll be able to put it all into words. Remember where you were when the won a second straight NL pennant, and hold on to those memories. Go Phils.


  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Monday’s night game confirmed to me that this Phillies team is the best to ever represent Philadelphia in the 4 major sports and college. No doubt.

  • Posts: 0 Padilla Flutilla

    does anyone have a link to the 1210 radio call for the final out? I still haven’t heard it.

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Great win, great series. LETS GO YANKEES! only for tomorrow. I want them to have to deal with the same layoff, or close to it. so I am hoping they close it out tomorrow. For the pitching, Pedro, Lee, Blanton, Happ. My reasoning for Pedro game 1 is that CC is going to be the hardest to get a win off of. If we pitch Lee against Burnett then that is most likely a win for us. Pedro against CC gives us a chance to win. I dont know if I want to waste Lee against CC and maybe give lee a loss cause we cant produce runs off CC. And I honestly think Pedro, game one of the world series, in yankees stadium. He will be ready. So I would go Pedro first, then Lee.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    j reed- missed the whole bloody thing since the Dodgers stole game 2… All I can say is truely what makes baseball in a league of its own is in 5 minutes you can get a idea of how the game was played just from the boxscore and play-by-play. When you can barely make sense of a computer screen that’s just a godsend.

    Am just so pumped no matter what happens from here this front office, coaching crew and players have created what will endure as a legacy for the franchise. 3 straight division titles, 2 straight pennants, 2 MVPs, a world series mvp and fingers crossed another ROY to add to the list.

    Obviously Howard, Werth and Lee have been on another level but I wanna give props to Brad Lidge. The bullpen has looked as shakey as the insiders bleated on about but so much has to be said for Lidge after the season he’s had, to have adapted to a more limitied role when he knows all eyes will scrutinise every base hit or walk and just focus on making outs is a hell of an achievement. It was barely a fortnight ago we couldn’t fathom the idea of handing the ball over the Lidge in a world series game, fresh slate now for real.

    (After the calamity that is trying to get universal healthcare in the US I finally appreciate for all the UK’s faults how invaluable the NHS free healthcare is, you can go to a hospital at 2 in the morning and the doctors practise at 9 and all you’ll have to pay is for your pescriptions at a flatrate fee of about $13…)

  • Posts: 0 pat

    the phillies r national league champs agaaaiiin,yes,yes,yes we want a-rod and the rest of the millionaires. letssee if fun and love of the game can beat bizzness. the phillies have to talk to the E-A-G-L-E-S.show them how to WIN

  • Posts: 0 Craig

    Nice of ‘bad’ Vicente to show up last night.

    Is it me or did the Dodgers start throwing deliberately inside once the game had gotten away from them?

    Baseball Tonight was a disgrace. Phils clinch the NL pennant and all they could talk about was a world series agains the Yankees. Yankees, Yankees, Yankess….you’ll be sick of those words by the time next Wednesday rolls round – even if we’re playing the Angels -

    Nice to see Brad Lidge post a 0.00 era in post season play.

  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    MLB channel is doing a much better job high-lighting the Phillies victory.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Only comp for best Phila sports team ever is the 73-76 Flyers. Very similar in a lot of ways – home grown talent with few key acquistions, gutsy play, very likable guys. When the Phils beat the Yanks (in 6), they’ll be my all time favorite (mainly because I like baseball better than hockey). I think this is shaping up to be an all time great series, really looking forward to it.
    I’d love to see Happ as the game three starter, but know he has too much value in the bullpen. Hamels on a short leash, most likely. I wonder if Myers will make the roster – he may come in handy for Jeter and A-Rod.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Personally I do not think that Hamels deserves to be in the rotation at all. But who do you substitute him with? Happ? He hasn’t exactly been lighting it up in the post season either. Truth is, we have to stick with Hamels.

    And you know what? For the first time in a long time? I am ok with allowing something that seems so wrong in my gut to happen for one reason and one reason only. Charlie. I cursed the man for allowing Lidge to continue as the closer down the stretch but as it stands right now, Charlie is the smartest guy in the room. He may not be the greatest strategist of all time but he might be one of the best baseball minds of all time. He recognizes things in players that people like us would never see. We all can see what a guy does on the field but what makes them tick? What drives and motivates them? How will they react? Things that we can’t possibly know, Charlie does. And he works accordingly and as a result. Brad Lidge leads the playoffs in saves and has not been scored upon yet. (I hope to God I didn’t just jinx him)

    World Series rotation will be:

    Lee, Pedro, Hamels and Blanton. I believe Brian said the same thing a little bit ago.

    Here is the bigger question…who is your DH? Stairs vs Burnett and Frisco vs Sabathia and Pettitte?

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    watching Charlie actually out there and celebrating for a change was tremendous. between that and hearing Dave Montgomery talk about his long-term plan that has finally come to fruition with this franchise, it was pretty emotional stuff. when he said to Rick Bo “we knew we’d have some dark days, that we needed to build around some young guys instead, guys like you…” as rollins comes up behind them… it was just surreal. as the guys on TBS pointed out, this team IS homegrown and so much better for it. every year they bring another piece of the puzzle in, but make no mistake that the foundation is built around kids from the organization or players who were stolen by Phils’ GMs young in their careers.

    kudos to them for building this team the right way, for making necessary moves that might not have been popular at the time to make room for the new guard (thome, abreu), for building one of the best ballparks in baseball with the faith that this team would become good enough to pack it all season long. this is the type of organization that makes you feel proud to call baseball America’s pastime.


  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Ed R. – Hard to believe the turnaround, but I do trust Charlie. He really knows who is up to the challenge. I think Stairs will DH against Burnett (Rol, Vic, Ut, How, Werth, Ib, Stairs, Ruiz, Dobbs/Pedro), and also agree with Frisco, but think Ib will DH and Frisco play the field for at least a few of the games (not faulting Ib, who has been solid in the field but more to give the old guy a break). I also think Dobbs get at least one start at third, probably game 5, Pedro M. allows more grounders to 3rd than Lee. WFC2!

  • Posts: 0 Scotty

    Man, I needed that. Classic depression/recession era heroism. All I can say is “thank you” to the greatest Philly sports team ever. Watching the guys look up at Charlie like hard-working sons as he spoke to the crowd? Goose bumps, y’all.


  • Posts: 0 Keith E

    Congratulations to the Phils. Watching Charlie after the game last night and he seems truly in love with this team and they love him. I keep going over the WS in my head and my brain can’t picture any team beating us in a 7 game series.
    GO PHILS!!!

  • Posts: 0 Keith E

    quick question:
    What’s with all the empty, shrouded seats down the left field line?

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    It does sorta remind me of that…

    Nice, I expected them to get back to the World Series and at least have the chance to defend their crown one on one. Excellent wotk. Jayson Werth has become the number 2 threat to watch out for now, he has finally beec recognized on the big stage as a clutch performer. You cant get away with walking Howard anymore now that Werth is there and has emerged as a prime time superstar. And for Ryan Howard to be sharing records with Lou Gherig is awesome.

    This team is ready for the Yankees. The lineup is fine and not to be tinkered with again. As for the starters, with the first two games in NY, Id go:

    Gm1: Cliff Lee (duh)
    Gm2: Pedro Martinez (DH in Al Park)
    Gm3: Hamels
    Gm4: Blanton

    Obviously, the DH against Burnett will likely be Matt Stairs. Against Sabathia and Pettite it will be Ben Francisco. Remember last year when we agonized over who the RH DH would be in the WS? At least this year we know.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    How about Francisco in Left Field and Ibanez as the DH?

  • Posts: 0 Diana

    it definitely doesn’t get old! i feel like a little kid on christmas for the 2nd year in a row :)

    it’s going to be a great WS (broad st vs broadway? bring on the yankees)!!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    SDO…I thought that, too….using Ibanez as a DH and Francisco in the field…..but I think that messing too much with the way things are right now isn’t the best idea.. Ibanez isn’t a bad fielder at all…… Guys that are used to playing the field appreciate being there to stay in the flow of the game.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    It is a lot of fun to root for these Phillies. Not only that, but it’s also a privilege to have these guys in our town. It’s a lot easier to convince your kids that hard work pays off when you have these guys around to show them the results of their determination… it’s going to be one heck of a party when we do it again!!

    NJ- I’m sorry to hear that you were in the hospital. I hope everything is alright… it’s nice to have you back!

    Philly Texan- GREAT article… I stole it for my facebook. Getting a little love from the national media.

    I know that everyone wants the Yankees but I’m kind of hoping that the Angels still have some fight left in them. It would be nice if they could extend that series a little longer…

  • Posts: 0 Bob Kahn

    In post season they need expanded room for press. Of course, press leave their seats immediately after game so it looks strange at end of game.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    It’s been great posting with most of you this year and I look forward to the World Series! Go Phils! However, for everyone who was here in Sept. posting that the team sucked and that even if they made it into the post-season they wouldn’t be able to do anything, well suck it.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I was there on Sunday… there was hardly anyone in those draped seats the entire game.

    Agreed, Mostone… agreed. I can’t believe that Geoff is still posting on here… if I had made as many stupid (and flat out wrong) comments as you, I would at least change my name. Do you really think that anyone’s going to listen to what you have to say anymore? That post was good but I could probably go back and find a dozen of your posts bashing Howard, Manuel, Werth, Lidge… should I continue? I could probably find a handful of posts claiming that Phillies couldn’t win in the postseason (becuase there was absolutely no way that they could beat the Giants/Cardinals or Dodgers). AND don’t even get me started on the game day posts… So yes, I agree with Mostone on this one; suck it.

  • Posts: 0 Ben

    interesting comment by kruk last night. the yanks may throw lefties in NY to keep stairs out of the dh (i don’t think they would, but they might). if they do, then burnett would pitch game 3 in philly. as you know posada doesn’t catch burnett and matsui is the dh. the yanks would then lose their 5 and 6 hitters if that were to happen. talk about a different line up.

    i agree, but ben fran out there and have ibanez dh. ibanez is a professional and should be able to handle coming in just to hit in those games. if he really thinks its an issue don’t do it, but i’d be surprised if it is.

  • Posts: 0 Ben

    on other thought. hamels didn’t pitch terribly, he just didn’t put guys away with two strikes. he’s down a few mph on his fastball, and i really think thats the issue. guys are able to get around and foul it off b/c the difference between that and the change is not as big now.

    the homeruns were not down the middle, they were all decent pitches and all with two strikes. he just has to get his mojo back to put guys away.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Anybody know the rules here??…If Ben Fran were to DH, he can be moved to a position later in the game…right? If so…then start Raul in the field (so that he’s in the flow of the game and still have the ability to use Francisco for defense later……

    I’m just not convinced that Using Raul as the DH from the start is such a good idea. I don’t know….


    Hamels just isn’t totally mentally there this season….and I don’t see that just magically happening in the WS. Yeah…he wasn’t terrible…but 3 HRs??? And the first 2 were with 1-2 counts!! Waste a pitch there and make the batter chase…I guess you could call that not having his “mojo back to put guys away.”


    Great job by Durbin and Park. Durbin has really stepped it up this postseason. HUGE!!

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Hamels looked decent early… he gave up that early HR but besides that he wasn’t bad. He looked tired later in the game and his fastball velocity is definitely down. One has to wonder if a little extra rest would help him get back on track… moving him down in the rotation would accomplish that but you risk messing with his confidence. NY is hitter friendly… gotta have a guy on the mound that can keep the ball in the park. I’m not sure if Hamels is that guy. Lee starts game 1 without question…

    I highly doubt that Girardi would make Burnett wait to pitch in game three… as much as he would like to keep Stairs out of the lineup, he won’t go that route.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I’ll be the second (behind the other poster, Keith) to “congratulate” the Phillies on winning the NL Championship and a first in the history of the franchise to win it back to back. And as NLCS MVP, Ryan Howard and Charlie Manuel shouted to the delirious fans..”One more step”…we too as fans respond.. ONE MORE STEP!

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Chuck…once the DH enters the game to play any position on the field then the team loses the use of the DH for the remainder of the game and the pitcher will now have to bat in whatever spot the DH was previously occupying.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    I think the greatest sign of this team’s character to me came after the game where they were interviewing J Roll And Jamie Moyer came to playfully bother him during the interview. Here is a guy who had the disappointment of losing his starting pitcher job and unfortunately get injured to the point he was in a hospital just a short time ago and he was still in the dugout cheering this group on. In his face there was no resentment or anger, just pure happiness. Then J Roll, for his part, saying they wanted to make sure Moyer went out the right way if he ever decided to retire and showing his respect for the knowledge and experience his elder had. I think its this togetherness and support that makes this team unique.

    As for the World Series, while the Yankees would make the best opponents for us (4 game sweep would be niiiiiiiiice!) I do hope the Angels come back and make the series interesting. We got to wait a week anyway might as well get some good baseball while we wait.

    At this point I wonder if Charlie might not consider a three man rotation with Lee pitching games 1,4, and 7. Lee is, by far, our best pitcher right now and a workhorse. Our bullpen is starting to pitch well enough were we could reduce the number of pitches we allow Lee to have per game. I like the idea of Pedro pitching game 2 in New York because I think he will thrive there. This is his chance to erase Game 7 vs. the Yankees when he was with Boston and I think he will leap at it. Hamels can pitch game 3 in Philly. Keep his faaaaaar away from Yankees Stadium with all the home runs he has given up lately.

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