October 2011

Doc Recovers and Dominates

In his first postseason start ever a year ago, Doc no-hit the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park.  The Reds were the No. 1 offensive team in the league and this year, the Cardinals had that honor.

Last night, his second pitch went for a single.  Three batters later, he was down 3-0, having given up a three-run homer to Berkman.  As Doc walked off the mound after the third out, he could be seen talking to himself.

Great pitchers can give up runs early and then close the door.  He kept the Phillies in the game until the offense figured out Lohse, scoring crooked numbers in three straight innings starting in the sixth.  As often happens, J-Roll started that big inning with a lead-off single.  When he gets on base, good things happen to the Phillies, not so good for the enemy.

Ryan’s first postseason homer since Game 6 of the 2009 World Series put the Phillies on top in that inning.  Lohse got a change-up up and Ryan blasted it up into the second deck in right field. Raul added a two-run homer to chase Lohse, who held the Phillies scoreless through three innings on just 23 pitches.  In the sixth inning, he threw 22 pitches.

The Phillies finished with 14 hits for the fourth time in their postseason history.  By winning, they improved their first-game record to 15-7.  In the previous 14 series in which they won the first game, they went on to win series 10 times.

Doc Notes
**The home run was the first he had allowed in 86 innings.

**It was the first three-run homer Doc allowed since August 21, 2008, when he was pitching in Toronto.

**Twice in 352 starts, has he allowed a first-inning home run with more than one runner on base.

**After a lead-off second-inning single, Doc retired the next 21 batters, leaving after eight innings. The last pitcher to retire that many in a row in the postseason was Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Only one other pitcher ever retired the last 21 batters in a row in the postseason was Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Cardinals in the 1926 World Series against the Yankees.

Record Department
Having been in the postseason five consecutive seasons, the Phillies postseason numbers are dominated by Charlie’s bunch.  Gone are big numbers from the likes of Schmidt, Luzinski, Boone, Bowa.  Ryan now as the most RBI, 31; Shane is second, 30; Shane has the most hits, 44.

Pete Rose hit .326 in the postseason for the Phillies, a mark that hasn’t been challenged.  Ruia is a distant second at .280, going into 2011.

Elias Sports Bureau: Ryan, Jimmy, Chase, Shane and Carlos have played in 40 consecutive postseason games together, the longest streak by five players for one team in baseball history. The streak began Octobe6 6, 2007, in Game 3 of the NLDS in Coors Field.

Sunday
Game time is 8:30, allowing the Eagles fans plenty of time to exit the Sports Complex and Phillies fans to move in.

Interview room features J-Roll and Charlie at 3:30 p.m.; a St. Louis player and LaRussa at 6:30 p.m.

Phillies Postseason History
October 2 (1-0 record):

2008 NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Shane Victorino hits a grand slam home run off CC Sabathia to cap a five-run second inning that lifts the Phillies to a 5-2 win and a 2-0 lead over the Brewers.

 

 

Hitting vs. Pitching

The Cardinals led the league in hitting and scoring runs, the Phillies had the lowest ERA and the fewest errors.  So, it comes down to pitching and defense against offense.
 
Phillies starting rotation is lined up, Doc, Cliff, Cole and Roy-O.  Combined they are 20-8 in the postseason.   In the bullpen, Brad and Ryan have tremendous postseason experience.
 
St. Louis took the season series from the Phillies, 6-3    
 
All these numbers go out the window at 5:07 p.m. today.  The common number then is zero.
 
Cliff and Charlie will be in the interview room starting at 12:45 this afternoon.  Carpenter and LaRussa will make their media appearance at 2 this afternoon. 
 
During the postseason, interview rooms are used daily before and after games.  The media mass is so large for the postseason and post-game clubhouse access is limited.  Clubhouses are closed pre-game, thus the need for the interview room.  Through technology, the interview room is available to media around the world through satellite feeds.  
 
Game 2
Sunday night, 8:07 first pitch.
 
Rally towels courtesy of PA Auto Theft.  Anthem will be performed by Miss America.  The ceremonial first ball will be tossed by Christopher J. Ferguson, a Philadelphia native and NASA astronaut.  He was the pilot of Space Shuttle Atlantis on his first mission five years ago.  This summer, he was the commander of Space Shuttle Atlantis, the final space flight.  He took a Cole Hamels jersey on that flight.
 
Phillies Postseason History
October 1
2008     NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies earn first postseason win in 15 years with a 3-1 decision over the Brewers. Cole Hamels tosses eight shutout innings to get the win, retiring the first 14 batters he faced.
 
Alumni Postseason Memories
Phillies Alumni were asked: 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?
 
Andy Ashby (RHP, 1991-92; 2000)
“Growing up in the Kansas City area, the Royals were my favorite team and I always hoped they would make it.  I graduated from high school in 1985 and that is the year they beat the Cardinals in the World Series.
 
“Reached the postseason with the Padres in ’96, ’98 and Atlanta, ’00.  There is more pressure, but I believe good pressure.  You’ve worked hard to get that far, the ups and downs of a long season and now you are starting a new year but in the same year.  It is totally different in that you don’t want to go home.”

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