Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rolllins, Hamels Send Phabulous Phillies to World Series

Players of the Day from Wednesday, October 15, 2008 NLCS: Philadelphia 5 LA Dodgers 1 Jimmy Rollins (L) scored the first two runs of the game - on a 1st inning leadoff home run and off a Ryan Howard single in the 3rd. Those two runs proved to be enough as Cole Hamels (R) shut down the Dodgers on five hits over 7 innings, the only run coming on a Manny Ramirez 6th inning homer as the Phillies took out the Dodgers 4 games to 1, with a 5-1 win to clinch the National League pennant. The Phillies used timely hitting and pitching in key spots to knock out LA, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1993. Hamels, who won game 1 and game 5 was named MVP of the Championship Series. Notes: The Red Sox and Rays square off for game 5 in the ALCS on Thursday night in Boston at 8:07 pm ET. Tampa Bay leads, 3 game to 1, and has routed the Red Sox in both games at Fenway Park, 9-1 and 13-4. Scott Kazmir gets the start for Tampa, facing Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka, who got the win in game 1 with 7 innings of shutout ball in a 2-0 Boston win.

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