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.”

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