Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Game 162 - the end of a great season Phils @ Braves

This was a magical regular season for the Phillies, it was so much fun following these guys on the way to over 100 wins and a fifth division title in five years.

After losing 8 in a row they have now won three straight including the last two against the Braves.
Atlanta is in a playoff push against the Cards but the Braves are doing whatever they can to lose it.
Lee and last might Oswalt have pitched brilliantly to put the Braves on the brink of being knocked out.
With last nights loss and the Cards win they are tied going into tonight.

So either the Braves or Cards will get in or they will tie and play a one game play-in game on Thursday.
If the Cards win, they play the Phils, if the Braves win the Phils play either the Brewers or the Diamondbacks.

I'm voting for the Cards. Even with tonight they have had to use the starters to get in the playoffs and if they have to play another game tomorrow their rotation will be completely out of order for a series with the Phils.

Same thing going on in the AL. the Red Sox are on the verge of a historic collapse. They had a 9 game lead for the wild card. Right now they are tied with the Rays with one game left.
So there could be two play-in games tomorrow.

As for the Phils. They have history in their sight tonight.
Charlie is tied with Gene Mauch for most wins in a career for a Phils Manager, so he becomes number one with a win tonight.
Also if they win that would be 102 wins this season and the most ever.

Phils picked up a run in the seventh, so going into the ninth they are down 3-2 and Polanco leads off with a hit and Pete Orr in to run.
Pretty exciting even in this game that really doesn't mean to much for the Phils. The Cards game and the Rays game is already decided and the Red Sox are up 3-2 but in a rain delay.

Struck out Ruiz on a face high pitch and a full count.

After the Phils loaded the bases with one out Utley hit a long fly that became a sac fly to tie the game up at three a piece.
Kimbrel really imploded. And as all over the place and reloaded up the bases before being pulled.

The Phils go into extra innings, the Cards whooped the Astros so the Braves have to win to get in.

In the AL the Red Sox had a 3-2 lead into the ninth but Poplebon couldn't hold it ad gave up two runs to the Orioles, Red Sox Lose.
The Rays were losing to the Yankees 7-0 but they came back and tied it.
It stayed tied until the bottom of the 12th when Longoria homered for the second time in the game. This came about three minutes after the Sox game ended.
So the red sox ended with a historic collapse and the Braves had one of their own as the Phils beat them in 4-3 in 13.

The Phils get the Cards in the first round starting on Saturday night.

Game one will be Hallady vs. lohse, game two is Lee vs Carpenter who will be on three days rest.

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