Thursday, October 2, 2008
Victorino Powers the Phillies to a Victory in Game 2
Game two between the Phillies and Brewers has just ended 5-2 in favor of the Phils. Brett Myers pitched very well, giving up a slim two runs through seven strong innings. But Brett's bat may have had a bigger impact on the final score. Myers drew a walk from C.C. Sabathia in the second inning to put two runners on for Jimmy Rollins. Myers did a nice job of fighting off Sabathia. Rollins then walked. Victorino followed him up with a grand slam to give the Phillies 5-2.
C.C. Sabathia choked in this game. It's as simple as that. He gave up five runs in three and 2/3 innings. I know it was tough on Sabathia's arm to pitch four consecutive starts on short rest. But C.C. hasn't done well in the playoffs throughout his career. He has a 7.17 ERA in the postseason.
The Flying Hawaiian was the hero in this game, however. He drove in four of the Phillies five runs with a grand slam in the second inning. Victorino (upper left) sent a mythical blast over the wall in left field. Nobody in the park thought it was going over the fence when he hit it, but that line drive homer just kept carrying until it left the field of play.
Victorino batted second in tonight's game. In game one and during the latter part of the season, Victorino batted in the bottom of the order. But in tonight's game Charlie Manuel decided to switch Victorino with the struggling Jayson Werth, and boy did it pay off! He homered, and also doubled... twice.
Myers was the warrior in this game. He fought threw a jam in first inning when he loaded the bases with one out. He then walked in a run, but that was the only run he gave up in that inning. He got Corey Hart to ground in to a fortuitous double play to get out of the inning.
The Phillies now have a good chance to go to the NLCS, and there is no reason they shouldn't. Old reliable Jamie Moyer (16-7) will be going against unreliable Dave Bush (9-10). The Phillies have a real good opportunity to sweep these Brewers on Saturday night at Miller Park. If they could do that, their pitchers would get some much needed rest.