Phillies Stun Rockies, Clinch NLDS

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, October 12, 2009 10:42 PM | Comments: 117
2009 Recaps, Posts

Take a deep breath Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies clinched the National League Division Series with their 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.  Just when all life was sucked out, the Phillies dramatically rallied in the ninth inning.

Cliff Lee was spectacular.  In 7.1 innings, Lee allowed three runs (1 earned).  He gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out five.  However, his dominant performance diminished when Ryan Madson came into relieve in the eighth.

Shane Victorino started the scoring with a solo shot in the first inning.  Jayson Werth’s home run in the sixth inning made it 2-0.  Troy Tulowitzki cut the lead in half with a RBI double against Lee in the bottom half of the sixth.

Lee started the eighth inning, but was replaced by Ryan Madson after the circus came to town.  Dexter Fowler reached with a walk.  Todd Helton hit a soft grounder to Chase Utley who reached out to tag Fowler, but he went airborne, leaping over Utley.  Utley flipped to Rollins at second, but he missed the catch.  Everybody was safe, and  Madson entered with one out as part of a key double switch.  Ben Francisco entered the game for Raul Ibanez and made a terrific diving catch, robbing Tulowitzski.

With two outs, Madson could see his way out of the inning.  How quickly a stellar performance from Lee and an amazing catch were erased.  Jason Giambi’s RBI single tied the game.

Yorvit Torrealba caused the Phillies a lot of trouble, homering off Cole Hamels earlier in the series.  He struck again, ripping the hearts out of Philadelphia fans all across the country with a two-run, go-ahead double that left him dancing for joy on second base.

It seemed as if the game was over – get ready for game five, they said.  The Phillies stranding the bases loaded twice proved to be too costly.  And why didn’t Charlie Manuel keep Lee in?  Well, let’s not forget the Phillies led the league in come from behind wins in 2009.  Once again, they showed their resilience.

With two outs in the ninth inning and Shane Victorino on second, Chase Utley drew a walk against closer Huston Street.  Then, Ryan Howard clobbered Street’s 2-1 offering over the head of Carlos Gonzalez.  Victorino rounded third, but missed the bag.  As he went back to tag, he saw Utley hot on his heels.  Victorino and Utley scored in sequence, tying the game at four.  Jayson Werth followed with a RBI single, giving the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

It was not Brad Lidge who started the ninth, but Scott Eyre.  Eyre rolled his ankle on Sunday night, but that did not stop the lefty from getting two quick outs.  He allowed two runners, which left it was up to Lidge to seal the deal.  He did as  Tulowitzski chased a nasty slider to end the game.

This game – and this entire series – will go down in the books as one of the greatest match-ups in Phillies franchise history.  The Rockies played the Phillies tough, but luckily the Phillies finished on top.  Los Angeles Dodgers, we’ll meet again on Thursday.

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  • Posts: 0 maxhole

    the announcers had a few words of praise for the phils thru this series. but sports media in general have had A-roid’s name and LA highlights on repeat since the playoffs started. espn radio makes a commerical talking down local talk radio for their lame catch phrases and their inability to discuss sports outside their franchise player. sorry espn, when i want to see WFC updates, the last place i look to is espn. screw tv commentators. use 1210 during the game and 610 for all the playoff talk you need. go big daddy graham, and yes, even angelo cataldi. these guys keep the wee hours of the morning going. go phila!

  • Posts: 0 Michael

    did anybody else find Dinger the Dinosaur (rockies mascot) annoying

  • [...] course, I was a Phillies lover before, but after last night’s top-of-the-9th heroics, how can you not love that team?  Bring on the Dodgers … and let’s have a repeat of [...]

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Wait wait wait…Santa isn’t real?


  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Ladies and Gentlemen your Philadelphia Phillies:

    said Jimmy Rollins. “We will never give up. We never think the game is over. It’s a team of stars, but not as in I’m better than you and will take your place. It’s as in, if you do your job, I’ll do my job. We put it all together, we do it together. It’s not about me and it’s not about them. That’s the good thing—egos are put aside. There are no egos in the way of what we do and we all understand that. That’s a testament to drafting and the guys coming up together. We don’t go out and get a whole bunch of superstars and drop them in and say, ‘Here, go do it.’ We actually like each other. We know each other so I think that’s what goes on in the clubhouse.”

  • Posts: 0 Keith E

    GO PHILS!!!

  • Posts: 0 Amazinsux

    In the span of 10 minutes the lame crew of TBS post game guys had these observations: Anchor Ernie Johnson called Charlie “Jerry Manuel”, Dennis Eckersley called the Rockies manager “Dick Tracy” and Cal Ripken called Twins closer Joe Nathan “Joe Namath”. How does TBS get MLB coverage? It has to be the Bud Factor! Unreal.


  • Posts: 0 ROGER DODGER LA

    Well we’re waiting we’ll make it short so the pain doesn’t last too long for ya……Dodger Stadium is already selling the BROOMS…..hope you don’t complain about the sun out here we all heard the bad call by mother nature …which most of you who could spell blamed it on the MLB committee. The nation wants a Yankees – Dodger World Series….and we plan on holding up our side of the deal…well gotta go I’m part of the ground crew out here…wait till you see the Stadium…its a great place to lose at you’ll see.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Well, I think many of the Bloggers here need to learn a lesson from this team. They are truely the PHIGHTEN PHILS. They never give up and are always pressing when it counts.

    Last night I came on here and was reading the blog and there were so many doubters. I myself thought they could do it, but was thinking that it was most likely not going to happen, but I wasn’t throwing every Phillie that has been part of the team effort under the bus!

    All those who were posting idiots last night should be ashamed to call yourself Phillies supporters!

    I have been a Phan since birth and there have been many tough years and times, but this is the best I have seen this franchise since the late 70′s

    Go Phillies

  • Posts: 0 Phil


  • Posts: 0 Papa Thompson

    The extra off day is huge. I really worried about such an emotional series going five games, and the Phillies being forced to shelve both Lee and Hamels until games 3 and 4 of the NLCS (against a rested Dodger team). We could have gotten into a pretty bad situation with our pitching if this thing went to a Game 5. Now, Hamels is lined up to start Game 1, our bullpen will get a break and everybody can just sort of take a breath and get ready for LA.

    Howard was huge all series long. And in response to a Feliz comment above, I have to give his D props. He made some difficult plays look routine. Not everybody can pick that sinking liner up and double off Tulo to kill that rally of theirs. I felt kind of uneasy about them taking him out.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    “That’s a testament to drafting and the guys coming up together. We don’t go out and get a whole bunch of superstars and drop them in and say, ‘Here, go do it.’ We actually like each other.”

    haha that’s amazing. very well said by jroll.

    one thing that i hope doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of ryan & werth’s clutch hits, and the roller coaster 9th inning between eyre and lidge, was ben francisco’s game saving catch. although it didn’t prevent the rockies from taking the lead that inning, it certainly kept the phils where they needed to be to win it in the end. that was one of the biggest plays of the season.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    You are right Roger Dodger, your stadium is a great place to lose. You would know first hand wouldn’t you as the Phils were the ones celebrating all over your infield last year.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Not only that christopher, but it seriously made Charlie Manuel look like a genius… taking Ibanez out and putting Francisco, then IMMEDIATELY the first ball in play is the diving catch.. wow.

  • Posts: 0 Jack

    I honestly do not think I can follow a game through the comments left on this site any more. Once the Phils lost the lead (not hope) just about every single person that writes on this site bad mouthed people on this team. Most of you totally disregarded that there was a game going on and talked about game 5 like babies. Complete baby shit. Excluding Tracey, i dont recall any one having any kind of hope or “Phaith”. I see what kind of people most are when their backs are against the walls. I will just read the good posts, but never again read entries during a game.

  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    I had tickets to game five, I live in Vermont, and had to work Wednesday by 11am, I never packed but I would have made the 6.5 hour commute one way for this team. I had faith they would come back and not make me make that drive today. Howard was clutch, and Jayson can look so bad one swing and drop a key hit on the next. Both had a good series, even Chase looks like he has his stroke back, and two days off will do them all good.
    Will be down in Philly for games 3 and 4, so I would love a Phillies sweep, but not planning on it.
    On another note what chance Pedro will pitch game two in LA it would be warm, and near Hollywood big lights big stage something Pedro loves

  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    TBS is 40, 000 times better than Fox. They make a point and leave it, maybe revisiting if it presents itself again. McCarver says something that he thinks is relevant in the 2nd and then harps on it for the remainder of the game even though it is generally not of the slightest importance.
    Maybe the WS win made you all forget the incredulous Manny-love fest that was the NLCS last year. They spent more time in the bottom of the 8th telling us that Manny was due up in 4 spots, than they did acknowledging our two monumental 2R HRs to tie and take the lead.

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    I hate that we all get such bad cred from everyone saying we are terrible fans. I just read at leat 5-10 post congratulating the rockies, saying what a great team they are, what a great pitcher Jimenez is and its all true. they are a good team.

    But then I am always reading Rockies fans, Yankees fans, and Dodger fans coming on here talking smack. Do you seriously have nothing better to do? Do all of your fans really hate you so much for knowing nothing about baseball that they told you to leave and you come here? Why dont they get bad credit for being bad fans. Dodger, and Rockie fans are huge band wagoners. Yankees fans, I will say they have a lot of good ones. The only thing I hate about the Yankees fans is that a lot f them just have the hats because its teh trend, an d then when the yankees are good, they become die hard fans.

    Roger Dodger, I know your own fans hate you so you left them. But we hate you. Get a life. go post somewhere else. Dont be so pathetic that you have to come to the other teams blog to feel good about yourself. And the best part is, when we beat the dodgers down and win it and go to the series, you wont even come back to say good series. Youll probably be at the store buying a yankees hat.

    that is all.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Jack….that’s why I can’t participate in Gameday any more. There is WAY too much negativity. It IS “complete baby shit.” People need to realize that there is ALWAYS a chance, ALWAYS hope…..and that if we had lost there was always tonight. And if Some of the posts I read were downright digusting. Those people should be absolutely ashamed of themselves and consider growing up. Put it inot perspective people….This is baseball gam. It’s not World War 3 or a matter of national security. IT’S A GAME.

    I will admit that I was pretty pissed at Madson. Pissed at Pedro for SWINGING AT THE FIRST PITCH the inning before with the bases loaded and one out, pissed at other stuff. It’s ok to be frustrated at times throughout the game. But as upset as I was in the 8th, I stayed with it and hoped and prayed. This time it worked out.

    Great win by these guys. Real heart and soul. Win or lose to LA, THIS was an incredible chapter in Phillies history and will make THIS season a success. Seriously. Think about it. It is so hard to repeat in any sport. The fact that the Phillies won the division 3 years in a row in amazing in itself. Add to it a WFC and now this series win…..WOW!! I am SOOOO proud to be a fan of this team.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Just a question…if Romero and Park are healthy then who comes off the roster? Bastardo and Myers? Bastardo and Pedro? Bastardo and Kendrick?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Stuart…I don’t have a problem with Yankee fans, per se. Nor Red Sox fans, Cubs fans or any fans that are TRUE fans of their team. Most ess part of it is Yankee fans are very knowledgeable and passionate to the core. That’s OK. Ans they DO have 26 titles to back them up. Bandwagon jumpers are hard to take, but you’re always going to have that when youface teams like the Rays and Rockies. I guess part of it is the fact that compared to the Yankees, Phillies and RedSox, the Rockies and Rays don’t have the rich history behind them. It’s sort of understandable in a way.

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Yeah Chuck. I think one reason I really dont like yankees fans is that I live in NY and get shit from them all the time for being a Phillies fans. There are soooo many kids that I went to school with that were never Yankees fans and now this year I get a text every phillies loss talking how the Yanks will win it and the Phillies will not. I would love LOVE to beat the yanks in the WS.

  • Posts: 0 Scotty

    Any truth to the rumor that Ryan Howard called his hit? I heard he said, “Just get me up there guys and I’ll do it”. Legendary stuff, if true.

    High hopes, indeed.

  • Posts: 0 Terry

    I was considering taking a trip to see the Phils in LA. Anyone have any ideas as to where the team is staying?

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yes Scott, that is what Howard said, and Cliff Lee was the one to first tell the media that, so I would imagine that would mean that Howard did indeed “call his hit”.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    How do you get from Colorado to LA? Take Huston Street.


    Brad Lidge is our closer. Andrew that is great, i’m going to use that all week, with a footnote of course.

  • Posts: 0 Big Daddy

    One of the greatest wins in Phils history. How fantastic was Francisco’s catch and Eyre coming back to pitch and of course the great hitting in the 9th.

    Terry, Phils usually stay in the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Someone was listening to 610 this morning…

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    according to lee, howard’s exact words were “Bring me to the plate boys.”

    stuff of legend.

  • Posts: 0 Scotty

    Cheers, Ed R. and christopher. Gives me chills.

    Funny as hell, Andrew. /thumb up

  • Posts: 0 bob

    That was one of the lowest lows and highest highs, all in a span of about 20 mins. Just thrilling.

    Credit to the Rockies, knew they were tough but they exceeded my expectations in this series. I thought Phils in 4 but never saw the last 2 games coming. What a classic series.

    On to the NLCS!!! My quick breakdown goes:

    Starting pitchers: advantage Phillies
    Bullpen: advantage Dodgers
    Starting 8: Advantage Phillies
    Bench: Advantage Dodgers
    Managing: Even (before last season that would have been laughed at).

    Close series, close games kind of like last season. Our bullpen stepped it up in a HUGE way against the Rockies and showed that they can get it done. The offense is clicking, the starters will be fine.

    Phillies in 5, with a couple nailbiters in there.
    ALCS: Yankees in 7.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    This is a VERY special group of players, a true team, and they deserve alot more respect then most of the gameday posters give them. I swear some of those people (I won’t call them fans) are under 10 years of age, whining and crying everytime something goes wrong. Like some others, I don’t follow it anymore, just check in to see how badly they’re bashing the WFC, which ticks me off, so I usually read it the next day.

    When they fell behind last night, I started doing laundry, just couldn’t sit there and watch, checked gameday, got even more upset, but I NEVER gave up on them. One thing all fans of this team should know by now is….You NEVER, EVER write these guys off, many have made that mistake and are now playing golf while the WFC are heading to the NLCS.

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I love how whatever was on ESPN last night is the top story on Sportscenter. Yea, the Dolphins-Jets game really deserves 15 minutes of breakdown and anaylsis.

    I am almost nervous about how confident I am about facing the Dodgers. I expect Cole to win game 1 for us on Thursday. And think the Phillies win will in 5 or 6. I am hoping for 5, because I have tickets for game 5.

    I just heard something on ESPN that really boosted my confidence, the baseball anaylst just said, “The Dodgers have their rotation set with Randy Wolf pitching game 1.” That has to make you feel good.


    The new motto for the Phillies “We make little kids cry.”

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    “Bring me to the plate, boys.”

    It’s the word “boys” that makes this quote special and stuff of legend.
    I get chills just typing it….

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    ESPN sucks.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Georgie…as frustrated and pissed as I was last night I never left the TV (actually TV and radio with the TBS guys muted and our guys blaring in the living room!!). Sure I was angry. But I never gave up. These Gameday posters are babies for sure. You know who you are….GROW UP!!

    It’s like when I go to a game. I NEVER leave until the game is over. So what if I have to sit in traffic 10 minutes longer than the people who left an inning earlier. Sometimes staying pays off. Plus…I figure I spent good money for my seats. I sure as hell am going to get my money’s worth…

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I have csnphilly on, and they’re encoring the postgame show. Clifton just said twice that Ryan came down to the end of the bench and said the soon to go down in Phillies’ history, famous quote, “Just get me to the plate, boys”. Awesome….

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I was going nuts yesterday in the Gameday thread, but I stayed glued to my TV after the 8th… Depressed, yes (and furious at Pedro Feliz), but never lost that little bit of hope. One of the best games I’ve ever seen.

  • Posts: 0 GREENINIL

    Amanda, great recap. One working issue for me though.

    You wrote – The Rockies played the Phillies tough, but luckily the Phillies finished on top.

    No luck involved in my opinion.

    I would edit this to say – The Rockies played the Phillies tough, but thankfully the Phillies finished on top.

  • Posts: 0 GREENINIL

    The Dodger fans have to be some of the least passionate in baseball. During the regular season many of them don’t show up until the 3rd or 4th inning and many of them leave after the 7th.

    If you look carefully at the replay of Kirk Gibson’s dramatic WS HR against Dennis Eckersley, you can see the cars in the parking lot leaving, one of them flashes it’s brake lights! Who’d leave early on the Phillies if they were down in the WS?

    I’d also bet a dollar to a donut there’s no Wolf pack or Padilla’s Flotilla in Dodger Stadium. Facing these former Philly fan favorites adds an interesting dimension to this series.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Manny….WTF with Pedro Feliz??? C’mon…if you’re gonna swing at the first pitch AT LEAST MAKE SURE IT IS A STRIKE!!!

    Dodger fans are lame. Their idea of making noise is chanting “Let’s Go Dodgers” and clapping in sync with that stupid organ.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    The 9th inning was like the end of The Matrix when Neo realizes he is The One and he solved the matrix. The enemy came after him but Neo was defending hisself with little to no effort. If the Phils take patient at bats like that the rest of the way, they won’t lose many games. Let’s hope they realize the are The ONES

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Like the end of the Matrix… really? I have to point out that that is a really nerdy comment, top to bottom.

    It’s awesome to read about people that were feeling/acting exactly how I was feeling/acting… I went from relaxing in my chair, to nervous pacing, to a silent disbelief, to standing in front of the TV with my arms crossed, to jumping and hitting my head on the ceiling, back to nervous pacing to joyous fist pumping… ultimate lows and ultimate highs… all in a matter of 15 minutes.

    I just can’t get over this epic series… truly something special. Last night provided a fitting end to this series and I think that this team is destined to repeat. As a whole, this team is hitting on all cylinders and games/series like that one build character and confidence. Last year, we won the World Series despite our guys not performing up to their abilities. Now that they’ve been there, I think that they really look comfortable in the spotlight. You have to feel good about Cole Hamels pitching in LA in game one… west coast (hometown), big stage, good match up and game one is the one that can ultimately send the biggest message to the national media AND to the LA Dodgers; we are STILL the team to beat and a focused Cole Hamels is still as good as any other pitcher in the game in October.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Great post Original Chuck P…..it’s amazing that so much happened last night in a 15 minute period. I experienced ALL those same emotions. My wife thought I was nuts but yet she was sitting on the couch expressing all kinds of emotions herself!! (although not quite as emphatically as me).

    When you think about it, in the space of almost 24 hrs, SOOOO much happened between those two games. Great pitching, clutch hitting, great defense,extreme weather conditions, mistakes, frustration, the list goes on. Even the most casual of baseball fans would have a hard time not getting caught up in it.

    I slept like a baby last night (after all the emotional ups and downs….and….only getting 3 hrs the night before). I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s kind of nice NOT having to watch a game for a few nights. The break is welcome, but I’m gonna be fired up by Thursday for sure.

    BEAT L.A. BEAT L.A. BEAT L.A.!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    And Eyre was like the scene in the Matrix when Neo was shot and we all thought he was dead but he came back stonger than ever.

    I’ll think of a cool kid movie for you Chuck P so you can relate. How about Teen Wolf?

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    joedad – your a nerd? i am offended….i’m way nerdier than you.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I also fell asleep pretty easily last night… I actually had a tough time falling asleep after the prior night’s game (I was all caught up in the anxiety and my heart was beating like a drum).

    It was neat to read about everyone’s game reactions…

    Teen Wolf – I’m picturing Thursday night when we make a horror movie out of Randy.

    Actually, a “cool kid” movie would be Gladiator. My favorite flick of all time is Shawshank Redemption… run with that.

    My $0.02.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    So you like movies about Gladiators? Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

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