NLCS Games 1 & 2

NLCS GAME 1  – Phillies 8 vs. Dodgers 6

This game started off as a good pitching match-up, by the end of the 4th inning both pitchers seemed to be in their groove, the Dodgers had the advantage of a 1 run lead and nothing looked as if it would change anytime soon. The top of the 5th inning something did change, not sure what, but it did, the Phillies got to Kershaw and exploded with 5 runs, I am sure at this point many of the Phillies fans were ecstatic with Hamels pitching with the poise of 2008, how could the Dodgers come back. Well we found out in the bottom of the 5th, where the Dodgers got to Hamels with 3 runs making it a 1 run game.

Both starting pitchers, Kershaw and Hamels became the…

….VICTIMS OF GAME 1, their chances of greatness in this game were killed off by each teams offence.

The 6th inning and both teams were into their respective bullpens, I am sure this delighted many Dodger fans, since the Phillies bullpen has been below standard for most of the season. The Dodgers bullpen pitched 4 1/3 innings using 5 different pitchers. The Phillies bullpen pitched 3 2/3 innings using 6 different pitchers. For the most part both bullpens had solid performances. The Dodgers bullpen gave up 3 runs and the Phillies bullpen gave up 2 runs, miraculously these all came in the 8th inning.

The 8th inning not only gave us the deciding runs, the only runs that both bullpens gave up, but it also gave us…

…BELOW PAR PLAYERS, for Sherrill, it was his inability to find the strike zone, and when he did it was front and center for a long ball, and for Utley it was a throw to first to complete a double play that just sailed off into the dugout, I do not believe the hesitation from Rollins was at fault, Utley should have held the ball if that was the case.

It was definitely a nail-biter for both fans and in my eyes lived up to all expectations of excitement. It was one of those games where either team could have won it and for game 1 the Phillies were the lucky ones.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME…

Carlos Ruiz and Russell Martin, both catchers played outstanding baseball at the plate and behind the plate, they each handled a number and variety of pitchers, played good defense and showed us offense too.

HIGHLIGHT PLAYERS…

Loney and Ibanez are my highlight players, Loney because it seemed like he was always on base, he went 3 for 4 with a walk, an RBI and 2 runs scored. Ibanez because he went 2 for 4 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored which included the 8th inning, 3 run bomb. 

NLCS GAME 2 – Phillies 1 vs. Dodgers 2

This game was a pure pitchers duel both starters went pitch for pitch with each other, it seemed like they both had something to prove, both guys facing clubs that had given them a rough deal when parting ways. Martinez went 7 innings giving up just 2 hits, while Padilla went 7 1/3 innings giving up 4 hits, a walk and a run. It was definitely another nail-biter for both sets of fans. The Phillies bullpen managed to give away the winning run to the Dodgers in the 8th inning by walking Ethier with 2 outs and the bases loaded after Utley threw away the tying run earlier in the inning.

Because of the way the starting pitchers performed for me they were the…

PLAYERS OF THE GAME…

and the VICTIMS OF THE GAME, because neither pitcher got the win, yet the performances they both produced were definitely winning performances.

This game, like game 1 was a game for the taking by either team, but once again there were in my eyes players that didn’t perform and because of that made it harder for their respective teams to win…

…BELOW PAR PLAYERS, Ramirez because he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, but mostly because he had the opportunity to put the game well out of the Phillies reach, but chose to first pitch swing for a pop up. Utley because he didn’t learn from the game 1 mistake and made the same identical throwing error, that should have been a double play and the tying run would have possibly held at 3rd and may have allowed the Phillies to go on for the win.

HIGHLIGHT PLAYERS…

 …Howard for seizing his opportunity in the 4th inning, by hitting a long ball off Padilla, and Pierre for his excellent base running to bring the tying run home.

So now it’s off to Philadelphia and Citizens Bank Park for the next 3 games of this series. If the first 2 games are anything to go by then it is going to make a lot of fans on both sides more nervous than ever. For baseball fans in general it should produce some more of the most exciting baseball we’ve seen all year long.

The Yankees and the Angels played the first game of the ALCS series Friday, which saw CC Sabathia pitch 8 tremendous innings, throwing 113 pitches with 7 strikeouts, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits. Matsui came through as a DH should, going 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI’s. The Angels appeared to have a lack-luster performance due to the dominance of Sabathia. The Yankees won the game 4-1 taking a series lead. Game 2 is Saturday (tonight) evening at Yankee Stadium where the Yankees will be looking to go 2-0 up in the series and the Angels hoping they can take a tie back to Anaheim.

it will be, what it will be

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21 Comments on “NLCS Games 1 & 2”

  1. behindblueyes says:

    You wrote, “if the first 2 games are anything to go by then it is going to make a lot of fans on both sides more nervous than ever. For baseball fans in general it should produce some more of the most exciting baseball we’ve seen all year long.”

    That’s a great summary! I know my heart has ticked a few beats faster over the past couple of days! And there’s still a lot more baseball to be played!

    http://behindblueyes.mlblogs.com

  2. raysrenegade says:

    Game 1 was a testament to the power that Phillie can produce quickly and effectively in this series.
    Game 2 was an example how the Dodgers can nitpick and finesse their way to a win.
    This is a great series, and it doesn’t even have a hint of last season’s NLCS to it at all.
    Game 3 should feature some incredible pitching, and might be the game that turns the balance of this 7-game series towards someone.
    I still think this is going 7 games, and I am looking forward to every one of them.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  3. Jane Heller says:

    Phillies-Dodgers have been a very exciting series so far. Yesterday’s pitching matchup was amazing. Pedro sure sent a message that he is not to be taken lightly! Shades of his past glory, regardless of the outcome.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  4. King_of_New_York says:

    Game One was supposed to be a low-scoring game, and Game Two was supposed to be high-scoring. Both Padilla and Martinez turned in unexpected, great games.
    http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/

  5. crzblue2 says:

    Great recap Peter!
    I love how you did the double pictures. I could not help but notice the pant legs of the two umpires that slightly colored different.
    You think there is something wrong with Utley? I happen to seen him coming out of the stadium Friday night. My friends and I had gone to the right field level restaurant where they were hosting Dodger Talk. When it was over we were walking out when he was also coming out. He is a local boy you know.
    Well, Can’t wait for more excitment tomorrow
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

  6. matttan7 says:

    Good work, Peter

    Whoever wins this series is sure lucky enough to taking the World Series Title. Maybe their jerseys should be small again like old times, but that would be weird. Phillies are looking good despite losing game 2.

    Matthew Tang
    http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

  7. redstatebluestate says:

    Er… unless this bullpen thing is fixed (it won’t be) y’all better score 10 runs a game to seal the deal (you won’t) otherwise the Dodgers are gonna find a way to win (they will). Does that make sense? (It does). I’m an awful human being? (yes.)
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  8. devilabrit says:

    bbe – I find alcohol helps keep the heart rate down…
    RR – you could be right about the 7 games..I guess we’ll know more in the nest couple of days…
    Jane – seems the Yankees had there own marathon of excitement last night…
    Babu – funny how you never quite get what you expect in this game…
    Emma – your not suggesting a conspiracy around Utley are you…LOL
    Matt – Small jerseys, they wouldn’t get half as many HBP’s with them…
    Jeff – there’s alway the chance we won’t need the bullpen…(not) I’ll get back to you on you being human or not, need more time to figure that out…haha

    ~peter

  9. Buz says:

    My guess is you won’t be out golfing today ; ) Game 3 should be a game at the next level. I wouldn’t expect to see the same miscues from either side and likely we’ll see some better offense despite the cold. They’re facing a slightly lower level pitcher, I think… ; )

    Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

  10. devilabrit says:

    Buz- you absolutely right, no golf..brrrr handicap is bad enough without the cold adding to it….enough time to take in the Eagles game before Game 3 starts tonight…I also the think the offense should be better, those fly balls in LA will be right on the fences in CBP…
    ~peter

  11. rrrt says:

    Aargh! Too much stress! Remember, I can’t blog well when I’m stressed. Anyway, rain seems to have stopped here, though it’s still chilly and windy. Will again be watching from the cozy comforts of home, though I’d certainly be willing to brave the elements if anyone wanted to give me some tickets :-).
    Sue
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  12. ibleedpinstripes says:

    Those first two games were pretty intense! These LCS are really living up to expectations, if you ask me. =) The World Series will no doubt be a million times more exciting, no matter who’s in it!

    – Lisa
    http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

  13. carolmwl says:

    The offense produced! =)
    What a stress free evening!
    carol http://howboutthosephils.mlblogs.com

  14. devilabrit says:

    Sue – Well at least last night relieved the stress a little
    Lisa – excitement is good, but sometimes a win is all you want..:-)
    Carol – It was at that….:-)
    ~peter

  15. phillies_phollowers says:

    Phinally, a blow out! Nice. Hoping for another tonight…can’t wait to go!!

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

  16. redstatebluestate says:

    See… just like I said… you better score 10 runs a game and y’all went and did one better! Wow-wee!
    –Jeff

  17. Buz says:

    We wuz lambasted! ; )

    Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

  18. devilabrit says:

    Jenn – Tonight will be tougher with Wolf going for the Dodgers, he normally pitches pretty well at CBP…
    Jeff – Wow – wee is right no other way to explain it really…
    Buz – lambasted…thats a good way to describe it…
    ~peter

  19. redstatebluestate says:

    Apparently the theme for this 2009 season is “A CLOSER IS NOT RELIABLE”. Holy moly… can’t believe I just watched the Phillies walk-off with that win. Wow. Ya can’t script this stuff… seriously…
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  20. crzblue2 says:

    Peter,
    This is a tough loss to take, but congrats to your team.
    I realize is a team that loses a game, but who’s closer is next to blow a save?
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

  21. Buz says:

    Peter, wow! What else can you say!!!?
    Your team is Rollin’!
    Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/


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