October 2011

Here & There….

**Where’s Ruben?  Phillies GM will be heading for Phoenix early next week to catch the Phillies prospects in the Arizona Fall League.  Next month also includes the GM meetings in Milwaukee, 15-17. 

**Shane Victorino will receive the prestigious Branch Rickey Award from the Rotary Club of Denver for his contributions in the community.  Ruben will  attend the Nov. 12 event. Where ever he is, a cell phone will be attached to Ruben’s ear.

**Young shortstop Freddy Galvis missed a little more than week of winter ball in his native Venezuela after having a cyst on his right wrist drained.  He’s expected back in the lineup any day.

**Note from the Phillies Communications Department: “If you are a DirecTV subscriber, please be aware that the Phillies episode of “On Deck with Jamie and Mike” will air on Saturday, 10/29 at 7:30pm (ET) on DirecTV’s Audience Network (Channel 101) or in 3D on N3D.  The show highlights the Phillies and Citizens Bank Park as well as the city of Philadelphia.”

**Citizens Bank Park events next week:
 *Sunday night, Eagles VIP Tailgate Party (Hall of Fame Club/Diamond Club).
 *Wednesday, Anixter Meeting (Executive Dining Room) and PECO Reception (Diamond Club).
 *Thursday, ITS Trade Show (Hall of Fame Club and Media Room).

 

 

World Serious Time

Wednesday night World Serious time.  Sadly, it isn’t in Philly but in St. Louis.

Sort of reminds me of 2007.  Rockies got hot in September, eliminated the Phillies in the NLDS and won the NLCS.  Cardinals took the same path this year.

Let’s compare season numbers:

Average: Tex. .283, StL .273.  Each led respective leagues.
Runs: Tex. 855 (3rd); StL 762, led NL.
Fewest strikeouts: Tex. 930, StL 978.  Each had fewest in respective leagues.
ERA: 3.74 StL, 3.79 Tex.
Save opportunities/saves: StL 73/47, Tex. 55/39.

Okay, how about the postseason?
Average: StL .288, Tex. .259
Runs: StL 62, Tex. 55
ERA: Tex. 4.11, StL 4.18.
Opponents batting average: both .241

During the postseason, St. Louis starters had a 7.66 ERA; the no-name bullpen, 1.88. Sometimes you can’t figure out this game.

Prediction?
No complete games but plenty of runs and plenty of relief pitchers, which will make for long games.

Winner?
Got to stick with the NL.

Former Phillies
Cardinals have Kyle Loshe, Nick Punto and Arthur Rhodes.

Rangers, pitching coach, Mike Maddux.

Alumni Postseason Memories

Steve Carlton
“My fondest postseason memory is the parade down Broad Street and interacting with the fans.  I was amazed at the number of fans lining the parade route and the outpouring of emotion.  It was a combination of joy and relief that the Phillies had won it all.”

 

Inside Citizens Bank Park

What’s going on at Citizens Bank Park?

Pretty quiet.  All the work and plans for the postseason have been bagged.  The 102-win season is still special.  Expectations weren’t met as far as October baseball but it sure beats the 97-loss season in 2000.  Talk about a quiet offseason 11 years ago.

Clubhouse is a mess with boxes everywhere.  Most player lockers have been completely cleaned out.  Personal belongings of the players have been boxed for shipment to their homes.  Bats are being boxed.  Jerseys are going to Community Outreach.  Pants are being boxed.  All the player nameplates are still in place.

Normal winter maintenance of the playing field is taking a back seat with the NHL Winter Classic hockey game on January 2.  At some point, a hockey rink and ice will be installed.  A new playing surface will follow the hockey game.  Guess what, the Majestic Clubhouse Store has sold one hockey puck so far.

NLDS logos on the field are still there but fading, thanks to Mother Nature.  The 2011 Postseason Party structure at the foot of Citizens Bank Way was dismantled Tuesday.

Carpenters, plumbers, cleaners will be cleaning and winterizing the ballpark. 

Video Dan Stephenson is working overtime in his studio next to the Media Room putting together the video yearbook.  Cliff Lee will be the narrator.  Title? “Still working on that,” said Video.

Special Events department is now booking events for the ballpark during the offseason in the Diamond Club, Hall of Fame Club, Executive Dining Room, Media Room, etc.  Bookings were on hold for this month.  Call 215 218-5100.

Public and private tours of Citizens Bank Park will resume October 21. For information, call 215 463-1000.

Charlie met with the media in the Media Room at 12 noon Tuesday and answered questions for 27 minutes.  Seven TV cameras and three-dozen media members were there.

Elsewhere
**Reading manager Mark Parent is leaving to accept a coaching job in the major leagues with the White Sox.

**C Tuffy Gosewisch is playing for Team USA in the Baseball World Cup.  Roly deArmas is one of the coaches.

**For the first time, the Phillies led all MLB teams in cable TV ratings during the season.

**Warm thought: spring training tickets will go on sale January 12.

Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite memory of postseason baseball as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?

Richie Hebner (1B, 1977-78)
“I remember rushing home from school to watch the World Series on TV.  They were day games back then.  Now, you’re lucky to watch five innings before 11 p.m.

“To me the playoffs are more important than the World Series.  I remember Sparky Anderson once said, ‘If you lose the World Series, people will remember you.  If you don’t get there, they won’t.’  When you get to the World Series, you kind of take a deep breath and say, OK, let’s play.

“I hit two home runs in the playoffs in 1971 to help the Pirates get to the World Series.  I hit a home run off Jim Palmer of the Orioles in the World Series.  I really wanted the ball but it went into the stands and never got it.”

Extreme Makeover?

There’s a popular TV show called Extreme Makeover.  Will that happen to the Phillies?  No one knows right now.

If J-Roll and Mad Dog leave via free agency, then the 2008 World Champion roster has undergone an Extreme Makeover.  That would leave Ruiz, Howard, Chase, Shane, Cole and Joe B as the lone survivors.

Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff will be plenty busy this offseason.  First order of business is filling the role held by Chuck LaMar.  Interviews have been on-going.

Shane, J-Roll and Ruben met with the media on Tuesday.  Charlie will do the same on Wednesday. Todd Zoleki will have all the details on phillies.com.

Did You Know?
**Phillies have won 100 or more games three times and in all three they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

**Phillies out-scored the Cardinals, 21-19, but 11 of those runs came in Game 1.

**Over the final four NLDS games, Phillies had 23 hits and 22 strikeouts.

**Phillies team batting average over the last five postseasons: .231, .227, .227, .216, .226.

**On-base percentage during the regular season was .323, lowest since .322 in 1997.

**Last time the Phillies lost the NLDS, they won the World Series the next year.

Yes, it was disappointing, losing the NLDS.  It was hard to take seeing the Cardinals celebrate while Ryan was on the ground in pain.

Yet, 2011 gave us many pleasant memories that will last a lifetime. 

Elsewhere
**Florida Instructional League program will conclude on Saturday. Stats aren’t recorded in the FIL so a statistical summary won’t be forthcoming. Look for some of the Phillies prospects to play winter ball.

**Arizona Fall League is underway.  Phillies prospects on the Scottsdale Scorpions include CF Tyson Gillies, 1B Cody Overbeck, 1B Darin Ruf, LHP Jacob Diekman, RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP B. J. Rosenberg, RHP Colby Shreve

**Outfielder Danny Litwhiler, one of the top Phillies players of the early 1940s, died September 23 in Clearwater, FL, where he had lived for many years.  He was 95.  At the time of his death, Mr. Litwhiler was the fourth-oldest ex-Phillies player.  In 1942, he became the first big league outfielder to play in 150 or more games without making an error.  He handled 317 chances without a bobble.  In 1943, he extended his record to 187 consecutive errorless games.

**Eddie Bockman, who scouted northern California for the Phillies from 1960 through 1991, died on September 29 in his Millbrae, CA, home.  He was 91. Mr. Bockman scouted and was involved in the signing of 28 players who made it to the major leagues, including Larry Bowa, Bob Boone, Warren Brusstar, Mark Davis, Ricky Jordan, Randy Lerch, Buck Martinez, Dick Ruthven, Rick Schu, John Vukovich and Bob Walk.

Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite memory of postseason baseball as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?

Larry Bowa (SS, 1970-81; CH 1988-96; MGR 2001-04)
“I remember my mom letting me stay home from school to watch the World Series.

“The biggest change is the intensity level.  It is much higher because every game is do or die and paying attention to every detail is important, the matter of winning or losing.

“My personal fondest memory is riding in the parade down Broad Street and seeing how the importance of winning affected so many people.  All of us, players and fans, were left with memories that we will have forever.”

High Hopes Muted

First, Doc came here to pitch in the postseason, raising hopes in 2010.  Last December, Cliff returned, raising high hopes higher than ever in Phillies history.  Expectations were a strong starting rotation, the best in club history, would lead to a return trip to the World Series.

A year ago, the Phillies led the majors in wins for the first time.  This year, a second straight time with a club-record 102 wins.   Each year the postseason ended with the enemy celebrating on our turf, not a pleasant sight or feeling.

Doc was masterful on Friday night.  Two batters into the game and he was behind, 1-0.  That one run pinned a loss on him.  It was the seventh time the Phillies have been shut out in the postseason.

During the season, the pitching rotation lived up to its billing.  The offense was consistent in one area, the area of inconsistency.  Piling up crooked numbers quickly could happen but more often, the lumber slumbered. 

 
Three hits and no runs was the offense on Friday night.  After scoring 11 runs in Game 1 (10 in three innings), the offense went into a deep hibernation very early in the off-season.  Bears wait until December.
Give the Cardinals credit.  They had better at-bats, played better defense and pitched better.  Of the four Phillies starters, only Doc lasted longer than six innings.  Cliff had a 4-0 lead in Game 2 and couldn’t hold it, a rarity.  In a short series, that is hard to overcome.
In the last five regular-season meetings between the two teams, St. Louis won four.  In a five-game series that counted even more, they won three.
Sorry, Harry, but High Hopes has been muted.

(Going forward, will blog every Tuesday and Thursday, unless developments occur that warrant more blogs.  Last month, Phillies Insider ranked 15th. Thanks for checking in and hope you do so during the off-season.  Cheers.)

 

3rd Decisive Game

The Phillies are in their 22nd postseason series and it is only the third time they are playing in a decisive last game.  The previous two times were also in a best-of-five series. 

**1980 when the NLCS was a five-game set.  That series with the Houston Astros has to be the most gut-wrenching, tense, nail-biting series ever, with the last four games going extra innings.  Trailing Nolan Ryan, 5-2, after seven innings in the Astrodome, the Phillies rallied to take the lead, saw the Astros come back with two in their eighth.  Extra innings again. Garry Maddox’ double won it in the 10th, 8-7, sending the Phillies to the World Series.

**1981.  The Phillies were well on their way to repeating as NL East champions when a strike interrupted the season.  When play resumed in August, baseball decided to have first-half and second-half winners that would meet in a best-of-five Division Series.   The Phillies were ruled as the first-half winner while the Expos won the second half.  The Expos won the series, 3-2, winning the decisive game at the Vet, 3-0, behind Steve Rogers.

Game 5 History
The Phillies are 9-3 in Game 5 decisions, winning their last seven, including five under Charlie.

Oh, The Offense
In their first 11 innings of this series, the Phillies scored 15 runs against the Cardinals.  Since then, six runs in their last 25 innings. 

Elias Sports Bureau: The Phillies have scored first in Game 2 and 4 but have lost both games.  During the regular season, the Phillies lost only two games in which they scored at least two runs in the first inning. They are 24-2 in those games, both losing coming in April (8, Atlanta; 15, Florida).

Then, the last playoff team to lose two games under the same circumstances: Yankees bowing to the Indians in the ALDS in 1997.

Tonight
Ashburn Alley gates open at 6 p.m.; rest of the gates 30 minutes later.

Ceremonial first ball will be tossed by Greg Luzinski.  The Bull drove in the winning run in two of the three wins over the Astros in the 1980 NLCS.

Kane Kalas, son of the late Harry Kalas will sign the Anthem.  God Bless America, performed by Lauren Hart.

Rally Towels, courtesy of StubHub.  Last time StubHub sponsored rally towels was Game 1 of the NLCS last year…Doc’s no-hitter against the Reds.  Good omen?

Phillies Postseason History
October 7 (3-5 record):
1950 WS #4 at New York: Yankees sweep WS in four games, 5-2, behind rookie Whitey Ford who tosses eight scoreless innings.

1977 NLCS #3 at Veterans Stadium: Gut-wrenching Phillies loss as Dodgers score three with two out in the top of the ninth for a 6-5 win. Bill Russell gets the game-winning single.

1978 NLCS #4 at Los Angeles: Bill Russell’s 10th-inning single gives the Dodgers a 4-3 win, denying the Phillies of a World Series appearance for the third straight October.

1980 NLCS #1 at Veterans Stadium: Greg Luzinski’s 2run homer in the sixth gives the Phillies a 31 win over Houston. First postseason win at home since World Series game #1, 10/8/15.

1981 NLDS #1 at Montreal: Expos (2nd half champs) beat Phillies (1st half champs), 31, in the first Division Series. Phillies out-hit the Expos, 10-8.

1983 NLCS #3 at Veterans Stadium: Gary Matthews drives in four runs and Charles Hudson tosses a four-hitter as Phillies win 7-2 and take a 21 lead over the Dodgers.

1993 NLCS #2 at Veterans Stadium: Atlanta has four home runs among 16 hits in a 143 romp, tying the Series at 11.

2009 NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Cliff Lee, in his first postseason appearances, tosses a complete game as the Phillies beat the Rockies, 5-1.  Raul Ibanez, also in his first postseason game, drives in two on two hits.

Alumni Postseason History
What is your favorite memory of postseason baseball as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?

Bobby Wine (SS 1960; 1962-68; CH 1972-83)
“Growing up in Long Island, it seemed like the Dodger and Yankees were in the World Series every year.  Some teachers brought TVs into the classroom so we could watch the games.  One time, they put one in the auditorium.  Watched Don Larsen’s perfect game on a little black and white TV, the voices of Mel Allen and Red Barber, great announcers, the shadows in left field at Yankees Stadium…a lot of memories.

“Getting to the postseason is really hard.  In’ 76, we got there but we weren’t as good as the Big Red Machine.  The next two years, we couldn’t get past the Dodgers and then in 1980, we had the greatest five-game playoff ever against Houston.  Every game came down to one play, one pitch.  The World Series is much more relaxing compared to the playoffs.

“I remember jumping up and down after Tug struck out Willie Wilson in ’80, running on the field and joining the pile.  After the clubhouse scene, I went out to the field to wave to my family because I wanted to share the moment with them.  I ran up the tunnel but the clubhouse was locked to keep media from entering through the dugout. So, I had a beer by myself in the tunnel.”

Menu Addition?
Bull’s BBQ to feature BBQ squirrel.

April fool.

Offense Hibernates

Five pitches into the game, a double, triple, single and two runs.  The Phillies offense got off to a sizzling start.  Then came the fizzle as once again the offense went into hibernation as they hd four hits and one run on the next 115 pitches.

Phillies were 3-0 in Game 4 of the NLDS until Wednesday night.  Roy-O was 5-0 as a starter in the postseason.  He had lost once in relief.  While the Phillies offense went cold it was Freese that did the damage to Roy-O.

So, there will be a Game 5 Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.  Two former teammates in Toronto, Doc and Carpenter, will hook up.  Loser goes home.

In seven previous postseason instances in which the Phillies held a 2-1 advantage, they won all seven.

Thursday

Phillies will work out at 2:30 p.m.; St. Louis at 4:15 p.m.  Dock, Carpenter and both managers will make appearances in the interview room before the workouts begin.

Pinch Blasts
Ben’s game winner on Tuesday night was the sixth pinch-hit home run in Phillies postseason history:

Jerry Martin, 1978 NLCS (1) vs. LA.
Bake McBride, 1978 NLCS (4) at LA.
George Vukovich, 1981 NLDS (4) vs. Mtl. (walk-off)
Matt Stairs, 2008 NLCS (4) at LA.
Eric Bruntlett, 2008 WS (2) at Tampa Bay.

Phillies Postseason History
October 6 (3-2 record):
1950 WS #3 at New York: Phillies seventh straight one-run World Series loss, this one, 3-2, as the Yankees rally with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.

1978 NLCS #3 at Los Angeles: Steve Carlton drives in four runs and strikes out eight as Phillies stay alive with a 9-4 win at Dodger Stadium. LA leads Series, 2-1.

1993 NLCS #1 at Veterans Stadium: Kim Batiste drives in John Kruk with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th, a 4-3 decision over the Braves.

2007 NLDS #3 at Denver: Rockies eliminate the Phillies in three straight, 2-1, in Coors Field.  Shane Victorino’s homer in the seventh ties the game but Colorado scores an eight-inning run on three straight singles to advance to the NLCS.

2010 NLCS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: In his postseason debut, Roy Halladay tossed a no-hitter in beating the Reds, 4-0. It is the second no-hitter in MLB history, the other being a perfect game by the Yankees’ Don Larsen in 1956.  Phillies win their seventh straight Game 1 of a postseason series, tying the NL record.

Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite memory of postseason baseball as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?

Chris Coste (C 2006-9)
“I have several incredible memories, but the two that stand out are: 1) the pain and disappointment we experienced on the flight back to Philly after losing to the Rockies in 2007, but knowing that after overtaking the Mets on the last day of the regular season, we were going to go into the 2008 season with confidence and motivation… 2) running onto the field after Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinske in Game 5–an amazing, dreamlike feeling of disbelief, combined with the euphoria of the greatest accomplishment a team could achieve.  People always ask what it felt like to win a World Series.  My only response is this: ‘try to imagine waking up one day and finding out you won the lottery.  That’s what it felt like–shock, disbelief, amazement, and every positive emotion a person could have!’  I still wake up on occasion and wonder if it all really happened.”

Ben’s Historic Blast

Cole battled, Ben batted for Cole and Ryan had a five-out save on Tuesday night in Busch Stadium.

In six gritty, shutout innings, Cole threw 117 pitches (72 strikes).  His command was inconsistent plus the Cardinals battled him, fouling off what seemed like a thousand pitches.  He now has the most postseason wins and strike outs by a Phillies pitcher, passing Lefty Steve Carlton in both.

Ben came through as a pinch hitter with his three-run, game-winning home run in the seventh inning.  Garcia had given the Phillies three earned runs in four previous starts. 

Elias Sports Bureau: It was the first time in history that a pinch-hitter had as many as three RBI accounting for all of his team’s runs in a postseason victory.

Ben hadn’t homered since May 25, 110 at-bats ago.  He’s the fifth Phillie to hit a pinch postseason home run.  It will be remembered forever as Matt Stairs’ game-winner in Los Angeles in 2008.

The Phillies offense produced four straight innings in which they scored crooked numbers over Games 1 and 2.  They scored a single run in the second inning of Game 2 and didn’t score again until 13 innings later.  In their last 16 innings, they have scored in only one inning, but thanks to Ben it was enough.

The Cardinals led the NL in hitting and runs scored.  They out-hit the Phillies on Tuesday, 12-7, but left 14 runners on base.  Ryan came in the game in the eighth with the Phillies leading, 3-1.  The Cardinals has the bases loaded with one out.  Madson got Craig to bounce into an inning-ending double play.  During the season, the Cardinals grounded into 169 DPs, a new NL record.

Game 4 is Wednesday.  In their postseason history, the Phillies are 9-9 in Game 4, losing their first four.  Under Charlie, 5-2, losing their last two.

Phillies best day of the week is Wednesday, 21-5.  Worst day for the Cardinals?  Wednesday, 10-15.  That was during the 162-game season.  This is a best-of-five season.

Roy-O is 5-1 in the postseason, 3-0 in the NLDS.

Phillies Postseason History
October 5, 1-4 record:
1950 WS #2 at Shibe Park: Robin Roberts starts and pitches all 10 innings in a 2-1 loss.  Joe DiMaggio’s home run into the upper deck in left field is the game-winner.

1977 NLCS #2 at Los Angeles: Don Sutton’s complete game and Dusty Baker’s grand slam carry the Dodgers to a 7-1 win. Series tied, 1-1.

1978 NLCS #2 at Veterans Stadium: Tommy John blanks the Phillies on four singles, a 4-0 decision that gives the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

1983 NLCS #2 at Los Angeles: Gary Matthews’ second-inning solo homer is the lone run in a 4-1 loss as the Dodgers even the Series, 1-1.  In 14 games against the Dodgers pitching (12 during the season), the Phillies score a total of 17 runs.

2008 NLDS #4 at Milwaukee: Homers by Pat Burrell (2), Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth propel the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the Brewers, sending the Phillies to the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite memory of postseason baseball as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?

Scott Eyre (LHP, 2008-09)
“I grew up in LA and was a big Dodger fan.  I’ll never forget the famous home run hit by Kurt Gibson.  I was jumping up and down.

“Reaching the postseason is what you play for every year.  It is hard to get to the highest level and play in the most-watched games.

“Twice in the ’08 World Series, I relieved to face Iwamura of the Rays with runners on base, each in the seventh inning.  We led in both games. I struck him out in Game 3 (two runners on base, 4-3 lead) and got him to fly out in Game 4 (two runners on base, 6-2 lead).  Then, the parade, something I will never forget.”

Who’s Favored?

Series tied, 1-1; scene shifts to Busch Stadium for Game 3 this evening.  Which team has the edge?

Well, there are numbers that favor the Phillies and numbers that favor the Cardinals.  Some numbers are of substance, some are just numbers and perhaps none apply because we are in a new five-game season.

Anyway, here we go:

Cardinals are dead even at home and on the road, 45-36.

Phillies have the best road record in the majors, 50-31, a club record for wins.

Cardinals are 3-2 at home vs. the Phillies, who are 15-11 in the history of Busch Stadium.

Cardinals are at their best on Tuesdays, 16-10; Phillies are 13-13.

Cardinals are at their worst on Wednesdays, 10-15; Phillies, their best, 21-5.

Hamels was 0-1, 5.14 ERA vs. St. Louis this year (one September start); 2-3, 3.26 in his career.  His last win was September 8 (0-2, one no decision, one relief appearance since).

Garcia was 0-0, 0.00 with one earned run in 15 innings vs. the Phillies this year; 2-1, 1.20 in his career.  He was 3-0, 2.64 in September.

Hamels is tied with Steve Carlton for the most career postseason wins for the Phillies, 6.  ERA is 3.33.  Game 3 start ties Lefty for most by a Phillie, 13.

Garcia is making his first postseason start.

Phillies have scored just three runs in Hamels last three starts (0-2).

Garcia ranks first in the NL in highest support average, 5.92 runs per game.

Convinced or confused?  Best idea is to print this brilliant piece and put the paper in the bottom of your bird cage or the kitty litter box.

Phillies Postseason History
October 4 (2-4 record)
1950 WS #1 at Shibe Park: Because Robin Roberts started four times in the last eight games, manager Eddie Sawyer surprises everyone by naming relief ace Jim Konstanty the starter.  Konstanty allows one run over eight innings but Vic Raschi blanks the Phillies on two singles for a 1-0 Yankees win.

1977 NLCS #1 at Los Angeles: Greg Luzinski’s booming two-run homer gives the Phillies a first-inning lead over the Dodgers but Ron Cey’s grand slam off Steve Carlton ties it in the seventh.  Singles by Bake McBride, Larry Bowa and Mike Schmidt produce two ninth-inning runs and a 7-5 win.
 
1978 NLCS #1 at Veterans Stadium: Steve Garvey’s three-run homer triggers a four-run third inning.  Dodgers win, 9-5, as reliever Bob Welch allows only one run over 4.1 innings.

1983 NLCS #1 at Los Angeles: Mike Schmidt homers as the third batter of the game and Steve Carlton (7.2 IP) and Al Holland (1.1) combine to blank the Dodgers on seven singles, 1-0.

2007 NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off homer and a second-inning triple giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead over the Rockies.  Colorado rebounds with 4-run innings in the fourth (Kazuo Matsui’s grand slam) and sixth en route to a 10-5 win.  Rockies lead Series, 2-0.

2008 NLDS #3 at Milwaukee: Playing their first postseason home game since 1982, the Brewers beat the Phillies, 4-1, behind David Bush.  Phillies lead the Series, 2-1.

Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite memory of postseason baseball as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?

Clay Dalrymple (C, 1960-68)
“I was a Red Sox fan growing up and Ted Williams was my idol.  Back then you either listened to the games on radio or watched on TV.

“The postseason (1969, Orioles) is much different.  It seems like everything is going a million miles an hour.  Before your first at-bat, you need to have a little conversation with yourself because your heart is breathing so fast.  Need to settle down.

“I only had two at-bats in the World Series but I have two hits, a single off Nolan Ryan and another one off Tom Seaver two Hall of Famers.  Can’t get any better than that.”

 

Shoe On Other Foot

Game 2 was similar to Game 1, only this time the shoe was on the other foot for the Phillies.

With a record crowd on the feet cheering and waving the rally towels for Lee’s first pitch, silence quickly followed when Furcal tripled on the firsts pitch.  Strikeout, infield pop and a ground ball brought the noise back.

In the first inning against the Cardinals ace, Chris Carpenter, the Phillies scored three times on three hits.  Last time he gave up that many runs in the first inning was 2004. More noise.  In the second, Freese doubled to start the inning. Silence. Strikeout, strikeout, ground out. More noise.

A second-inning run on a pair of hits gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead.  In two innings, Carpenter had thrown 55 pitches, 28 for balls.  Lee, on the other hand, 22 pitches, five balls.  On Carpenter’s 53rd pitch, a call went to the St. Louis bullpen and LaRussa went to the mound.  He waited for home plate umpire Jerry Meals and appeared let him know they were unhappy with the strike zone for both Carpenter and Lee.

Carpenter settled down in the third, and the Cardinals began working deeper counts on Lee, who wound up allowing five runs on 12 hits and throwing 88 pitches over the next four innings.  It indeed was a rare Lee loss.  During the regular season, he is 72-1 when he has a lead of four or more runs.

In Game 1, St. Louis got three first-inning runs off Doc who then retired the next 21 hitters.

In Game 2, the Phillies led 4-0 after two innings. Carpenter and six relievers retired 21 of the last 23 Phillies, who had only one hit after the second inning.  Over the previous 10 games against the Phillies, the Cardinals bullpen had a 10.54 ERA.

The Cardinals could have been deflated after not scoring in the first two innings.  But, they’ve fought for their lives in September to get here.

St. Louis is 19-13 in Game 2 postseason decisions, including 8-1 in the NLDS.  The Phillies fell to 6-16 in Game 2 decisions.

Cardinals returned home after the game while the Phillies will take a Delta charter to St. Louis on Monday noon and work out at Busch Stadium at 5 that evening. Garcia and LaRussa will be in the interview room at 2:30 after the Cardinals workout and Cole and Charlie will be there at 4:30.

Phillies Postseason History
On October 3, 0-1 record:
2007      NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: In their first postseason appearance in 14 years, the Phillies fall to the Rockies, 4-2, in the first postseason game in Citizens Bank Park history.  Trailing, 3-0, Aaron Rowan and Pat Burrell hit back-to-back homers (first time in Phillies postseason history) to make it 3-2 in the fifth

Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite postseason memory as a child?  . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?  The questions were posed to Phillies Alumni.

Putsy Caballero (INF, 1944-45; 1947-52; 83 years old)
“Heck, there was no TV when I was a youngster. We listened to the World Series on the radio. I remember when Enos Slaughter of the Cardinals won the World Series by scoring from first base on a single in the seventh game against Boston in 1946. Harry Walker got the hit.  Later Harry and I were teammates with the Phillies.  Harry used to complain that everybody remembered Enos but not the guy that got the game-winning hit.

“Only been in one World Series, 1950.  Every game down the stretch was a nail-biter including the last game when we won the pennant in Brooklyn.  The World Series games were all tight ones but we were used to that.  We just didn’t hit.

“Being in the World Series is my fondest memory.  There are a lot of players who never played in one.  That’s one of my two favorite memories of my career.  At 16, I the youngest player ever to start at third base for the Phillies in 1944.”

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