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 The Original Chuck P

    To defend Hamels… the ball was JUMPING out of the park last night.

    On any other night, Durbin’s performance would have been Ashburn worthy… can’t argue with 2HR.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    The big difference between Hamels of 2008 and Hamels of 2009 is that the latter does not have the “finish ‘em” pitch he once had. In last night’s game it was amazing how many times opposing batters would be down 1-2 and were able to foul off umpteen pitches left and right until they got a good pitch to smash. Obviously, something is still not right with Hamels.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I consider Hamels as the only blemish in last night’s clincher. He’s been terrible in the post season with an ERA OVER seven. And I’m not making any excuses for him as a few here are doing. As one of the TBS announcers said, “Hamels is running out of time” in the post season to make the necessary adjustments. I dread the idea of having Hamels pitching in the World Series against a power laden team from NY that have the most HRs and best record in baseball.

  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    Congratulations again. I honestly thought that the Phils were more talented, but that the Dodgers could pull it out because of home field advantage, the way the pitching matchups came out, Lidge, and Manuel.

    If it’s the Yankees, I’ll be rooting for the Phils. But if it’s the Angels, I’ll be rooting for Scoscia, Griffin, and Hatcher.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    With all due respect Hamels never had a finish em pitch. The difference is that he can’t locate his fastball and because he can not locate his fastball then batters are just sitting on his pitches and knowing that there are only two options. Fastball and change up. Which, now that his fastball has dipped in velocity, the disparity between the two pitches in terms of MPH is not what it was.

    I have said it before and I will say it again. Hamels can absolutely dominate when things are going well but when they aren’t he falls apart like a deck of cards. This year has just been one bad dream for him. Because he can not put guys away then things constantly snow ball.

    I think what makes it worse is that Hamels was so good last year in the playoffs that everyone expects that type of performance all the time. And maybe, just maybe that’s not who he is. Maybe the playoffs last year wasn’t him finally reaching his potential but rather an abirition. We all want Hamels to be an ace because he showed last year in the post season that he can be that. But maybe it’s not who he is. He has the potential and the talent to be an ace but to me, he is missing the mental toughness to be an ace. He had it in the playoffs because things were going well.

    Clearly developing a pitch that he can throw lefties will help him greatly. Can developing that one pitch turn it all around for him and turn him into the perennial ace that we all wish him to be? Sure why the heck not. Stranger things have happened. I truly hope Hamels turns into what we all wish him to be. But for the purposes of this season, we have to understand that he is not the ace, not this year. And to expect him to just show up and be that guy is unrealistic. This year he is no better than a 3-4 starter. This year.

    Come next year he could be that guy, and if he is. Team him up with Cliff Lee and we could be talking about something that makes this year an afterthought.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well thanks dodger fan. It’s big of you to come out here and offer up a congrats. Better luck next year.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Hamels wanted to get out of last night’s game early. He has another commercial to film this morning.

  • Posts: 0 Adam Eaton

    Hey guys, if you don’t want Cole pitching, there’s always me!!!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Hamels was “decent”….That’s not good enough…to just be decent…..

    OCP….fair point on the balls carrying last night….still….3HRs is a lot in 4 innings….thank goodness they were just solos.

    Lee…game 1 I think Pedro Game 2. Hamels needs to be 3rd. It’s not gonna mess with his confidence any more than him not being the ace anymore.


    Ed R…..thanks for the clarification of the rules…I think I knew that and just didn’t remember how it was set up.


    dodger fan….nice post….Classy!! Thanks.

  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    My 2 cents. Going into the postseason, Lee, Happ, Blanton, and Pedro were your four best pitchers in order, and a very good front four at that. I don’t see how there’s any controversy there.

    However, Happ can’t just come in all of a sudden and pitch in the WS. I’d be very concerned about the way Happ has been handled in the past three months, and how it affects him in the future. Maybe winning that unofficial ROY helps.

    Since you can’t throw Happ out there, you have no choice but to stick with Hamels. And since you have no choice, give the guy some support.

    On another note, any chance Jamie Moyer is coming back next season? Brian? Sigma? Dodgers sure missed him this year.

  • Posts: 0 bob

    Key to a Repeat:

    Cole Hamels. He will be well rested. His stuff looked good last night, his location was off. That’s not gonna fly against the Yankees or Angels.

    Rotation I’d go with:
    Game 1: Lee (no brainer)
    Game 2: Happ (due to sucess against that lineup in June, Im assuming the Yankees come calling)
    Game 3: Hamels (get the home fans behind him, he can thrive off that)
    Game 4: Blanton (maybe Pedro depending on the use of Blanton in the pen, weather conditions).

    Games 5-7, adjust and adapt as necessary.

    It is truly an honor to be back in the World Series.

    Side note: Does anyone think the Yankee fans traveling to CBP can negate our homefield in Games 3-5?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I think Happ has shown that he’s not a reliever….he seems much more comfortable as a starter. But do you just make him starter in the WS?? Not sure if you can do that now…

    And we HAVE given Hamels some support…he has gotten more passes than a lot of guys would have gotten…largely because of what he did last year…and….his tremendous potential and talent..

  • Posts: 0 JoePhil

    @ bob
    I thought about the issue of Yankee fans in our stadium as well…i would think that the bulk of the tickets are already owned by season ticket holders…the only issue would be the phillies fans who need the money….hopefully most will know better not to give them to yankee fans.
    The Yankee fans should also be asking themselves the same question about how many phils fans will make it up there too….

  • Posts: 0 bob


    I agree. Amtrak is gonna be pretty busy. I think it would be easier from some Yankee fans to get tickets here because it’s cheaper. I’m also guessing we have pockets of Yanks fans that live in the Philly area also.

    Im curious to find out in Games 1 and 2…..


    I was thinking although Hamels has stuggled it would probably benefit being at home, starting game 3 on extra rest rather than throwing a stuggling Hamels into Yankee Stadium for Game 2. My gut tells me Charlie goes with Cole in game 2.

    We all know what Happ can do as a starter, he seemed to matchup well with those Yankee bats. I think it’s a risk that you need to consider.

    Im sure that Charlie will do what’s best and Ill trust whatever he does…

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    I think you need to go lefty-righty. Make their switch hitters switch sides, keep them out of the comfort zone. If the weather is decent, Pedro in game 2. He will not rattle. If not, go with Blanton game 2. Hammels in the home opener. Game 4 – whichever righty didn’t pitch yet, unless an elimination game, then go with Lee. Keep Happ for emergency relief.

    The Yanks have a very balanced offense, can’t just throw a lefty out there and expect to win (Rocks and Dodgers had no right handed bats). On the other hand, if J-Roll and Vic can get on base, gotta run against all but Petite (still has a great pick-off move). I think both teams are real even, we’ve got speed on our side. Angels made too many mental mistakes, tried to outslug the Yanks.

    Any Phils fan who has tix, can’t go to the game – keep the seats local! Give them to your lazy brother in law if you have to. There should be no blue in CBP except for the Yankees wives (and if they had any sense, they’d stay home also).

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    i think had that been a normal game, hamels would have gone 6 and held them to 3 runs. but it was not a normal game, and charlie was not taking chances. either way though, cole dodn’t look bad up there, in fact i think he had his best location of the postseason so far.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Still savoring the glow from last night….

    But I was looking at the Yankees roster this morning, and didn’t see a left-handed specialist out of the pen.

    I know they’ve been using Hughes and Joba ahead of Rivera.

    Do they have ANY nasty left-handers in the pen?

    (Not counting Rivera, who I know is tough on lefties.)

    That might be a problem against the Phils.

    Are they really going to send a parade of right-handers against us in the 6th, 7th and 8th?

  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    First Repeat NL Champions feels great to say.
    Win or Lose this team has showed heart and talent in defending their crown. Living in Vermont I am surronded by Yankee and Red Sox fans, So Yankees as an opponent would make my life interesting up here.
    There is no way Charlie does not start Cole in Game 2 or 3, I would move him back to three so you can split up the lefties. If the series goes 7 there is only two days off, so to pitch Lee in 1 and 4 that would be short rest and I do not see that. Even Big Joe in game 2 is possible, or Pedro. Lee in games 1 and 5 if needed, and Hamels could even go 3 and 7 if he pitches well in game 3.
    Have tickets for game 5 and can only hope that the phillies can do in 5, it would be truly awesome to witness that.

  • Posts: 0 scadole

    basking in the blanket of DOMINATION that the phillies have cast over the phanatics…. It sure is warm and cozy being a fan of the BEST team in baseball. Yes Sir, warm and cozy!

    I am worried about cole hamels and his bad attitude. I hope it isn’t contagious. The phils don’t need anyone ruining their chemistry!

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    At one point last night, Hamels retired 10+ batters in a row… he was cruising… I honestly think that he’s tired. Hopefully, the week off will help.

  • Posts: 0 bob

    @ Philly Texan

    I know that they have Marte, who they got from the Pirates last year but Im not sure how much faith Giradi has in him

  • Posts: 0 bob

    Left-Right starters for me do not matter much. You need to go with your best options. If that means Lee-Hamels or Lee-Happ so be it.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    am watching last night’s game again but with the tbs announcers.

    its sounds like “blah blah manny manny”

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    It really is an honor to be able to call this team “our team”. They play with such heart it is amazing and I dont wanna be a downer or anything but they are a prime example why I can’t stand the eagles and never rooted for them once in the 27 years of my life. The Eagles fall short in the NFC championship game and in the offseason get rid of the heart and soul of their defense, hall of famer, and fan favorite Brian Dawkins and constantly try to hoodwink the fan base with lies and deception. The Phillies win the World Series and turn around and bring in Raul Ibanez and trade for the year before’s CY Young winner in Cliff LEe, all the while keeping the prime prospects to make sure we compete for years to come. Go Phils! I am so proud. Joe Banner…Andy Reid and Jeff Lurie are such Scum!

  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    Back to back WS appearances is certainly something a lot of thought we’d never see in our lifetimes. It should be a great Series, with no doubts that the Phils & Yankees are the best teams from their leagues.

    Meanwhile, T.J. Simers takes yet another shot at Philly fans in his latest column (at least he left the Phanatic out of it this time around). This time he calls us “drunken uglies”. Simers seems like a bitter & broken dude.


  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I agree….all you guys who are selling tickets…..make less money and KEEP THEM LOCAL!!! It’s understandable that there will be
    some Yankee fans here….and that adds to the “flavor and atmosphere.”….(as long as there are no fisticuffs)….but let’s keep it to a minimum…

    I actually saw on Craigslist this morning than there were some Game 1 and 2 tickets that were actually CHEAPER than games 3, 4 and 5 here in Philly….right-field nosebleeds…but still…

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Anybody else notice, either on radio/tv or at the ballpark, that last night’s crowd was VERY quiet at times??…I was there and I sensed a cautiousness at times that was almost spooky. Fans WANTED to cheer and party the whole time…but yet just couldn’t brings themselves to totally let loose….until the last inning..It was crazy…

    Can’t believe I actually made it into work this morning….and am somewhat funtioning..I need sleep tonight but need to watch the Yankee game…hope they can close it out….and let all the talk start….

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Francisco in LF, with Ibanez as the DH is the smartest idea I’ve heard

    why didn’t I think of that?) .. you have the better defender playing the entire game, and the better hitter focusing on only that..

    I was thinking that Lee, then Blanton (or Happ) would be the NY starters

    Hamels is really OFF .. Pedro would be pitching in an extremely hostile environment (Happ is great on the road.. Blanton has faced these guys before)

    BUT.. I fully trust whatever decisions Cholly and Dubee decide. We’ve won 5 straight postseason series .. these guys know what they’re doing more than we do. Let’s not doubt their decisions anymore!

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I noticed that too Chuck, at one point I actually yelled at the tv-”c’mon people, make some noise, wave those towels”. Meanwhile, I was covering my eyes at times and pacing around the house, so I’m not sure I would have been able to make noise there either, it really was nerve-wracking at times, no matter how much faith you have.

    I did predict in April a Phillies/Yanks WS, so it looks like that’s what it probably will be. I grew up with a dad who despises the Yankees more than anything in the world. He has been cursing them since I was old enough to understand curse words, and that’s alot of not so subliminal messaging. And now that I’m old enough to understand why he hates them, I pretty much feel the same way about the franchise, buying whatever they think they need, no matter the cost, payroll well over $200M now, A-Roid, stadium catering to uber-wealthy patrons….YUCK!

    This will be a tough series, should be a GREAT series, I am looking forward to this with nervous anticipation. If the Angels somehow pull it out, then that means they’re pretty freakin’ good too, so either way, we are in for some awesome baseball.

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I don’t know, do you really want to take Raul out of LF NOW? He’s really not that bad a fielder, they’re used to this OF of Raul, Vic, Werth, they work well together, I just don’t know…..

    So if you start Raul in LF and Francisco as DH, and you want to move Fran out to left in later innings, you then forfeit your DH and your pitcher has to hit the rest of the game, am I understanding that correctly?

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    That is right Georgie…

  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    I was sitting in section 143 and the crowd seemed just fine. There wasn’t the explosion of sound like there was after Rollins’ hit Monday night, but that’s only because of the way the game played out.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    That rule sucks.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah…that’s the rule…I wasn’t totally clear on that either…

    I don’t know….On paper, Raul as DH and Ben Fran as the fielder makes TOTAL sense…BUT…..this outfield clicks right now…I’m not sure you want to mess with that. I trust Charlie to weigh all his options and make a decision….and I don’t think we should second-guess that.

    Georgie…there were times I was CLENCHING the towel…not waving it…It was a very tense environment….until the 9th inning..you just knew Lidge would be perfect…..no pressure of a one-run game…

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    The Yankees and Phillies are about as close as it gets… at the end of the day, our revived bullpen seemingly tips the scales in our favor… but unfortunately Hamels’ struggles tips them right back.

    We are a faster team and we are better defensive team. They have better hitters on the ends and we have better hitters in the middle. Our 3-4 pitchers are better but they have decided to go with a 3 man rotation to negate that weakness which means their 1/2 pitchers can make a bigger impact. CC will match up against Lee, our #4 and our #2… at least one of them has to beat him, maybe two.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Team is simply awesome. To a man they just come through. Anyone else think Durbin’s stuff looked filthy? He’s really pulled it together down the stretch and in the post season.

    As far as the rotation I’d go:
    1) Lee
    2) Blanton
    3) Pedro
    4) Hamels with a short leash for Happ

    Definately put Francisco in LF, especially against Lefties. I might go Dobbs as DH against Righties. Not sure.

    For those who haven’t seen or heard the GoodFellas video combined with JRolls winning hit. Check this out. Hysterical.


  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    psujoe…..awesome video!! Thanks!!

    Franske’s call HAS to be the single best play-by-play radio call I have ever heard.(No disrespect to Harry and the “2008 World Champions of Baseballlllllllll”).


    I don’t think you can go Hamels is Game 4…although I understand why you would say it. Starting him in #3 is probably enough of a demotion for him and his mental state..

    DH situation….not our strength… Advantage: NYY

  • Posts: 0 bob

    Ok here it goes:

    *Note this could all change with a Yankee collapse*

    Starting pitching: Even.

    Hamels (the good one) is better than Burnett
    I’d give Petitte the edge over Blanton/Happ. Although either one is capable of holding their own.

    Bullpen: edge Yanks (Rivera is simply the best closer ever), again we can hold our own with the latest version of Lidge and Madson has come back to form. Also Durbin and Park look good.

    Offense: Even-great lineups on both sides.

    Defense: Phillies, clearly in this one. Better arms, better fielders.

    Bench: Yanks

    Coaching: Phillies. Charlie has been here before…

    Key to series: WE NEED TO SCORE RUNS. Their starters are hittable and we’ve had good sucess against CC. We will be the underdogs and it looks like we gotta hang on to win this thing. I believe in this team, everytime someone counts them out they rise up.

    I’m gonna go Phillies in 6 (so far ive been right w/ Phillies in 4 and 5).

  • Posts: 0 bob

    I’d assume that Ben Francisco is gonna be the DH? Not sure if they would use Stairs against Burnett??

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Thinking of creative chants for the Yanks…

    The classics…
    “You Took Steroids”

    A little more creative… on the personal side
    “Like A Virgin”
    “Kat-ee Hudson”
    “Cynnnthiaaaa” (think Riiiicoooolaaaa)

    A little more creative… obvious
    “You’re A Frauddd” (alternative: you’re a cheater)
    “Hall of Shamer”

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Bob.. since Francisco is the best defensive OF on the bench, and often replaces Ibanez anyway

    and he’s probably the best hitter too..

    Why not start him in LF and use Ibanez..

    maybe with a tough Right-handed pitcher, start Ibanez, and maybe let Dobbs DH if we think he’ll have better at-bats than Francisco would?

  • Posts: 0 bob


    Certainly an option there….curious to see how that plays out on Wednesday.

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  • Posts: 0 CHRIS

    I think its really funny that most of these people werent here before last years NLDS(after the phils won last years first playoff series) let alone this april. You are all frontrunner fans. Your not there for the bad times but you all magically appear when they start winning. The phillies are a great team but honestly you fans suck. You only know about your team. And now the either the yanks and angels play the phillies. I keep hearing this argument and it gets me very angry. Jimmy Rollins Vs Derek Jeter(yankees shortstop). If you honestly believe that Jimmy Rollins is a better player that Derek jeter you should stop watching the great game of baseball. Almost every stat proves jeter is a better shortstop besides the feilding but Derek jeters feilding percentage is only a few . off. i just wanna hear why jimmy rollins is better

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    Alright…I’ll punch some holes in your analysis….not to be overly argumentative….just to get the debate going..

    Starting pitching…I agree…EXCEPT that your making an assumption that Hamels (the good one) shows up….I’m not convinced that’s happening…soooo.. Advantage: NYY

    I agree there as well…EXCEPT….I think there’s holes in Rivera’s armor…still…. Advantage: NYY…because of Rivera..


    Defense….Advantage: PHI…(I think Chase is ok..)

    Coaching/Manager…gotta go Phillies….Cholly!!

    Yes…we’ve hit CC before…BUT….that was last year when he was overused and with a team that he knew he wouldn’t be with the next season.. He’s a different pitcher in the postseason now.. He’s not gonna choke like he did with Cleveland and Milwaukee.

    Here’s the key…the intangible…HEART… Advantage:PHI

    It’s gonna be tough. And fun. I hate to predict. But I say Phils in 6… If it goes 7 then I think the Yankees have the nod.

    I hope the Yanks win tonight…Let it begin…

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Francisco is definitely more the more agile of the two but he doesn’t make the best decisions once he catches the ball and his throws are not only weak but off the mark.

    I agree with Ed R. about Hamels. I would also like to add that a 4 seam fastball in the 88-90 mph just won’t do unless you have an arsenal of off speed pitches to keep batters guessing which Hamels lacks. If a batter is sitting on an 88 – 90 mph straight arrow 4 seamer you can locate all you want, but hitters like A-Rod, Vlad, Teixeria still have ample power to drive the ball hard esp. when they can adjust their swings because ball is a few ticks slower. If Hamels is too have any success he has to power up and throw harder. Also that second HR is on Ruiz for setting up low and inside on a left handed hitter in a 1-2 count…Low and inside is the wheel house for many a left handed batter. Hamels threw to the target. I think they were trying to establish the low inside FB to set up the change-up inside to left-handed batters because his normal change-up has become so ineffective against left handed batters. His curve ball looked good last night and could have worked on the left handed batters in place of a cutter or slider, both of which would be better but we’ll have to wait til next year to see anything like that. Otherwise just pump that FB up! Manuel worked his magic on Lidge, maybe he can do it for Hamels…in a week. Get Carlton for some slider lessons stat!

  • Posts: 0 CHRIS

    Chuck…decent analysis but the yankees offensive is definitely better than the phillies because every major team statistic leans towards the yanks… runs, TB, HR, BA, H

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    That’s ok for DH….still….how much do you want to mess with the outfield?? And Ibanez is no stiff as a fielder either…at least there are some options..

    but the bench and DH position….yeah…advantage Yankees.

  • Posts: 0 CHRIS

    yeah its obviously going to be higher but the yankees is .283 whereas the philles is .258 but i have a question, not so much relating to the post season. Who do you think is a better player Derek Jeter or Jimmy rollins

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    The Yankees offense is DEFINITELY better than the Phillies…??” DEFINITELY??

    That’s a pretty strong word for an offense (Phillies) that has Utley,Howard, Werth and Ibanez in the middle of it…and a real good 1-2 punch with J-Roll and Vic.

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