Game 3 recap
Brad Lidge entered the hotel elevator after Friday’s Game 1 nail-biter in LA, “When are we going to have a laugher?”
Well, Brad, it happened last night. Aerial fireworks greeted the Phillies as they took the field for the start of the game. In their first at-bat, fireworks continued on the field as they scored four times and then tacked on two more in their second AB. End result: a brilliant pitching clinic once again by Cliff and the biggest romp in Phillies postseason history.
Heck, we out-scored the Eagles!
The Big Piece continues to pepper the postseason record book. He’s an RBI machine. Cliff tied the club postseason record with 10 strikeouts (Steve Carlton and Curt Schilling). Teammate Scott Eyre called him amazing.
Quietly Chase has also entered the team’s postseason record book. After going hitless in his first postseason game in 2007, he’s now hit in 23 consecutive games. Then, there’s Chooch. Ruiz is a certified hot hitter.
Then, there’s Jayson. Werth now has the most extra-base hits in team postseason history, 14 in 76 ABs. Schmidt had 13 in 140 ABs.
Mickey Morandini, a second baseman with the Phillies (1990-7; 2000) is throwing out the ceremonial first ball tonight. His postseason career with the Phillies came in 1993. During the NLCS, he hit .250. In the World Series, .200, in 3 games. His big league career also included the Chicago Cubs (1998-1999) and Toronto Blue Jays (2000). Now 43, Mickey resides in his native Indiana.
What was the biggest change when you played in the postseason?
“Biggest change since I was in the postseason has been the addition of the wildcard team. We only had two rounds, the NLCS and Series, which made for a shorter postseason.”
What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Beating the Braves in the NLCS was something I’ll never forget. As far as my foundest personal memory, hitting a triple off Greg Maddux to clinch Game 6 at Veterans Stadium. Standing on third base and hearing the Phillies fans make all that noise was quite a thrill.”
Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was watching the game on TV with my family in our home. We had to have the loudest cheer in Indiana after the last out.”
Phillies are 1-1 on this date. They took a 3-2 lead in the 1980 World Series with a 3-2 win in Kansas City on Manny Trillo’s game-winning single. 13 years later, they fell behind the Blue Jays in the WS, 2-1, after losing 10-3 at the Vet.
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