Gritty Doc Effort
What a gritty, gutty performance by Doc. Watching the game on TV, he didn’t have his usual crisp location or zip on his pitches. Then, after the game we learned that he had a groin injury in the second inning. He bent but didn’t break and the Phillies are still alive.
Big game for Jayson, both on defense and offense. Lights out by the bullpen and a long flight home was much more enjoyable. They landed around 6:45 a.m. and will have the day off.
Except for Charlie and Roy-O who will be in the Media Room this afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m. Bochy and Sanchez, the Game 6 starter, will appear in the Media Room later in the afternoon.
Last night’s win was the Phillies’ seventh straight in Game 5 of the postseason, a major league record.
Elias Sports Bureau
This super statistical organization can come up with some of the most far-out notes. Like this one:
“Madson preserved a 3-2 Phillies lead in Game 5 by striking out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning. Madson was the first pitcher to strike out the side in order in a postseason game in the eighth inning or later with the score tied or his team leading by one run since the 2000 NLDS when the Mets’ Armando Benitez did that against the Giants in the 11th inning of Game 3.”
FOX had a graphic late in the game: “The Phillies have had 15 three-game winning streaks this baseball season (regular and postseason), most in the majors.” Well, let’s home we up that number to 16.
Phillies are 1-0 in their postseason history, winning WS Game # 1 two years ago in St. Petersburg, 3-2.
Citizens Bank Park is very queit today. That’ll change tomorrow for Game 6!