Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Phillies win postseason game for first time in 15 years

The Phillies made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years in 2007, coming back from 7 games down with 17 play to grab the N.L. East. They proceeded to get swept in the postseason by the upstart Colorado Rockies. A year later, with their second straight N.L. East division title, they got their first postseason victory in 15 years, a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cole Hamels pitched 8 dominant innings, allowing 0 runs and striking out 9. Brad Lidge, the N.L. Comeback Player of the Year, pitched the ninth. He didn't avoid drama for the second straight appearance. Lidge allowed 2 hits, walked a batter, and allowed a run. Runners were on 2nd and 3rd before he struck out Corey Hart to end the game.

Philadelphia and Milwaukee face off again tomorrow evening (6pm) at The Bank. Facing off on the mound will be Brett Myers and Brewers ace C.C. Sabathia. The Phillies will try to take a commanding 2 games-to-none lead in the best-of-5 series.

The Phillies last playoff victory was game 5 of the 1993 World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Curt Schilling pitched a complete game shutout, giving up 5 hits on October 21st, 1993. The Phillies won 2-0, forcing a game 6.

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