Game 4 Review: Pat And His Bat

6 Oct

The Philadelphia Phillies won yesterday afternoon’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 to advance to the National League Championship Series.  They played opposite the NFL’s Eagles/Redskins game and got clobbered in the local ratings (900K to 300K), but those who watched saw a homer-fest.  Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a solo shot, then Pat Burell added a 3 run bomb to left field in the third inning, and then Jayson Werth went back-to-back.  Finally, Burrell capped the game with another shot in the eighth inning.  All of this ran Jeff Suppan out of the game after only three innings of work, while Joe Blanton pitched a decent 6 inning game where he allowed only 5 hits and one run.

This was Pat Burrell’s coming out party in the playoffs.  Burrell’s night of 3-4 with two homers and a walk was what everyone was hoping he’d do this month.  His season started off on fire but then he gradually faltered in August and September as he slumped with his swing.  All will be forgiven by the fans if he puts up more games like this. Though I’ve always been a fan, others are more fickle.

And now the Brewers go into the offseason where they will likely see their rotation dismantled after their first post-season birth since 1982.  Kudos to that.  The Phillies will face the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Thursday.  It’s sure to be a barn burner, likely going 6 or 7 games.  Both teams played well since the All-Star break and down the stretch, and knocked off their division series opponents fairly easily.   The edge in this matchup is uncertain.  I honestly don’t know who will win.  The Dodgers rotation is deeper, but I’d say Hamels is the best pitcher either staff has to offer.  If the Phils can set up their rotation to put him out there twice, the edge may lie with the good guys.


One Response to “Game 4 Review: Pat And His Bat”

  1. Matt October 7, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    I don’t see any conceivable way that Hamel’s won’t be out there twice. He last pitched in game 1 of the NLDS, meaning he’ll start on Thursday. And he’ll start game 5, providing we don’t sweep, which would really surprise me.

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