If you didn’t learn it during their 2007 comeback, if you didn’t learn it during their World Series run last year or in their NLDS Game 4 victory over the Colorado Rockies, we’ll state it again for you: Never, ever, count the Philadelphia Phillies out of anything.
They made that point clear again on Monday night, turning a game that looked to be over into a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies are up 3-1 in the NLCS, and could clinch their second straight NL pennant with a win on Wednesday night.
“The type of guys we have on our team just really believe in themselves,” said closer Brad Lidge, who earned the win by holding the Dodgers scoreless in the ninth, continuing his postseason rebound after a nightmarish season. “They’re borderline extremely cocky that they’re going to come back every time. They don’t ever feel like they’re out of a game. They always believe they can get it done.”
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP, battled Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton through a six-pitch at-bat, fouling off three fastballs before smoking a 100-mph fastball that scored pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett and catcher Carlos Ruiz.
“I was just telling myself, ‘Just sit there and catch the ball.’ It’s something I’ve done the last four years. If you catch the ball on the barrel, with his velocity, the ball’s going to go,” Rollins said. “He’s pretty much throwing me all fastballs. He’s going to give you his best. If he’s going to lose, he’s going to lose with his best. I was able to catch one in the gap. They were kind of squeezing the gap, but that was hit hard enough to beat everybody.”
The two teams are off tomorrow before Wednesday’s Game 5. Vicente Padilla will pitch for the Dodgers, and Cole Hamels gets the start for the Phillies.