Dominating starting pitching+leather+opportunistic offense+nail-biting 9th=Phillies win in the NLDS opener last night.
Cole was brilliant . . . Pedro and Chase flashed the leather . . . We took advantage of a couple Brewers mistakes to score 3 unearned runs and Brad had everyone on pins and needles in his 35-pitch save.
Hall of Famer Robin Roberts’ game summary:
“Great start. The pitchers definitely controlled the game, Cole was fantastic and then Brad. Brad did it again with some excitement. We are 1-0 but we can’t underrate the Brewers.
“When I was active, pitchers with good change-ups were lefties, Curt Simmons, Warren Spahn, Johnny Podres and Johnny Antonelli to name a few. Cole has as good a change-up as any I have seen. Geez, if I had his change, I wouldn’t have lost 245 games.
“Brett is our man tonight. When he has that good fastball with location and that sharp curve, he is a very tough pitcher. Their pitcher is some unknown named CC. Cross our fingers.”
Charley Kerfeld scouted the Brewers last month in his role as Special Assistant to the GM. His report on CC:
“Pitches consistently around 92, but can get it up to 95. Very good curve and change that he can throw at any time. Always throws strikes and can dominate a game like Cole did.
“He’s a very good hitter, first ball fastball approach. He can crush the ball. I was there when he nearly hit one out of Dodger Stadium in August.”
*12 combined strikeouts by Cole and Brad ties a Phillies record for a postseason game, done four times previously.
**FOX rating in Philly was 13.5, the highest for a Phillies game this season. The share was 28.1, meaning that 28 percent of the homes watching TV last night were tuned in to the Phillies.
**Sabathia’s post season record (with Cleveland): 4 starts, 2-2, 7.17 ERA.
A reader voiced an opinion that we are flying under the radar with Manny, CC and the Curse and that is fine. I agree.
Phillies leave on a Delta charter ($75,000 one-way cost) for Milwaukee after the game tonight. Team will work out at Miller Park at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.
Don’t forget Shane’s blog: http://shanevictorino.mlblogs.com/.