Phillies Need One More

After a tough loss in game two of the NLCS in Los Angeles, the Phillies have responded well to returning to Citizen’s Bank Park, and are now just one win away from getting back to the World Series title to defend their crown.

In Game 3 on Monday night, Philadelphia clobbered the Dodgers, 11-0. Every player on the Phillies scored a run, including starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who had a single in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored on a Shane Victorino three run home run. Raul Ibanez was the only Phillie not to have at least one hit in the game. Ryan Howard had a two-run triple in the bottom of the first to get the scoring started for the Phillies, and Jayson Werth then added a two-run homer to give the Phillies an early 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning.

Tuesday’s 5-4 win was far more dramatic, as Jimmy Rollins’ two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning put the team just one win away from its second straight NL pennant.

Ryan Howard continued his impressive postseason with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, giving him eight straight postseason games with at least one RBI, tying Lou Gehrig’s major league record set more than seven decades ago. He now has 14 RBIs this postseason and has reached base safely in 17 straight playoff games.

Howard has driven in a run in each of the Phillies’ eight playoff games this year. Gehrig’s streak stretched over two postseasons with the New York Yankees in 1928 and 1932.

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