What a incredible baseball game last night at Coors Field. Cliff Lee pitched an excellent game again yesterday but he wasn’t the winning pitcher. Ryan Madson followed Lee in the game and that’s when everything turned sour. He gave up a single to Jason Giambi which drove in the game tying run. Then Yorvit Torrealba came to the plate and hit a 2-run double to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th innings. With Rockies’ closer Huston Street on the mound the Phillies rallied to take the lead. Ryan Howard came up with 2 runners on base and 2 outs when he ripped a double into the right field corner driving in Shane Victorino and Chase Utley to tie the game. Jayson Werth then followed Howard to the plate and he got a single to knock him in with the lead run. That wasn’t the end of the game though as lefty Scott Eyre got two outs in the 9th inning but he left two runners on for Brad Lidge. Lidge then came on and struck out Troy Tulowitzki to win the game.
The offense of the Phillies didn’t do a whole lot early in the game but they saved the best for last. Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with a double, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Jayson Werth was 2 for 4 with a run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Shane Victorino was solid again for the Phillies as he was 2 for 5 with a solo homer and 2 runs scored. Jimmy Rollins also helped out as he was 2 for 5 with a double.
Cliff Lee was outstanding again for the Phillies in this game. He pitched the first 7 1/3 innings for the Phillies and he allowed 3 runs (only 1 earned). Ryan Madson followed Lee in the game and he almost blew it for the Phillies working only 2/3 of an inning allowing 2 hits, walking 1 batter and he allowed 1 earned run. But he was the winning pitcher thanks to the Phillies’ batters. Scott Eyre started the 9th inning and he allowed 2 hits in 2/3 of an inning before giving way to Brad Lidge. Lidge whiffed the only batter he pitched to in this game earning his second save of the series.
The Phillies have prevailed 3 games to 1 in this series and they will start playing the Dodgers in the N.L.C.S. starting on Thursday Night in L.A.