Game 3, and Its Magic Numbers

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A few things about last night’s 11-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS:

  • Ryan Howard has a hit and RBI in every playoff game this year (seven games, 10 hits and 12 RBIs). He is the Phillies’ all-time RBI leader in the postseason (22 RBIs in 24 games) and has reached base safely in 16 consecutive playoff games (22 hits and 10 walks).
  • Howard’s seven consecutive playoff games with an RBI established a MLB single-season playoff record. Lou Gehrig had eight consecutive games with an RBI from 1928-32.
  • Chase Utley singled in the first inning to reach base safely in 23 consecutive playoff games (22 hits and 21 walks), which dates to Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS. Utley’s streak is tied for second all-time in playoff history with Gehrig. Boog Powell holds the all-time record with 25 consecutive playoff games reaching base safely.
  • Cliff Lee struck out 10 batters, tying a Phillies postseason record for strikeouts in a game with Steve Carlton (Game 1 of the 1980 World Series) and Curt Schilling (Game 1 of the 1993 NLCS).
  • Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer in the first inning. It was his third homer of the 2009 postseason and seventh of his postseason career. It was his fifth postseason homer with the Phillies, tying him for second on the all-time franchise list with Howard, Greg Luzinski and Gary Matthews. Lenny Dykstra holds the franchise record with six. Werth also became the Phillies’ all-time leader in postseason extra-base hits (14 in 82 at-bats), passing Mike Schmidt who had 13 in 140 at bats.
  • Shane Victorino moved passed Schmidt on the team’s all-time postseason RBI list, when he hit a three-run homer in the eighth. Victorino has 18 RBIs and trails only Howard.
  • Carlos Ruiz has reached base safely in 12 straight playoff games (15 hits and nine walks). He is hitting .625 (5-for-8 with one homer and three RBIs) this series.
  • Last night’s victory marked the largest margin of victory for the Phillies in a playoff game.
  • In NLCS history, 20 of 29 teams who led the series 2-1 went on to win the series


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It is seriously impressive watching Carlos Ruiz emerge for the second straight fall as a post-season star.

Senor Octobre……CHOOOCH! Not sure who’s more of an MVP between he and the Big Man (Howard). Both have been stellar this post season. Chooch gives the bottom of the line-up a boost that it doesn’t always have.

Hey Todd: Steve Carlton didn’t pitch Game 1 of the 1980 WS. Bob Walk did. The 10 Ks were in Game 2.

This just shows us how good in teh post season this team really is. Shane passing Schmidt in RBIs, Werth tied for lead in homers. They only have made it to the post season three times, one of which was 3 games and out. The 70’s team made it 4 times (5 counting ’83)

From `1976 through 1983 the Phillies appeared in post season 6 times not 5. In 1981 there was an exta round when after a strike the season was split in two and I want to say the NL East 1st half winner played the NL East 2nd half winner. Anyway the Phillies lost to the Expos in the first round. Mike Schmidt appeared in 36 post season games with the Phillies.

Todd, could you possibly confirm or deny that Pedro is scheduled to be the Game 6 starter as reported in this article?

It’s killing me to think that Charlie might not start Cliff Lee ON NORMAL REST in Game 6 which would either clinch the NLCS or stave off elimination. Not to mention that starting Game 6 instead of 7 would allow him to start Game 1 of the World Series on normal rest! Please tell me that Andy Martino’s source is FOS…

zach, those guys over at are often FOS, but if the Phils take care of business, there won’t be a 6th game to worry about.

Maybe Charlie should switch Shane and Chase in the batting order to create more RBI chances for Shane. lol

Any statistic which includes the steroid addled Lenny Dykstra is bogus. The Phillies losing the 1993 WS was a blessing in disguise with that turkey on the team.

Thanks to everyone for their corrections. IT’s now 2:30 AM here and instead of being able to watch the game on the local ESPN staion I’m getting repeats of old NCAA basketball because, I assume, the stupid Yankees/Angels game is in extra innings and they won’t show the real game till that AAA thing is over. What a bunch of MLB crap. I’ve not a happy puppy

FIJ, How are you watching the game? Gameday?

The Phils defense has fallen apart at the wrong time of the year…..

Charlie: ‘Jimmy can handle the moment.’

Yes, he can. That was just awesome. Broxton turtled up against Stairs and that was the beginning of the end. There is no way Stairs would have caught up to his fastball. Not this year. Broxton should have known that but, instead, he wouldn’t throw him a strike. WHAT A GAME!!! WHAT A WIN!!!

Speechless with delight. That was second only to the strikeout of Hinskie for me.

Jimmy Rollins….YOU are the man! This team NEVER gives up!!!

I’ll be at the game Wed.! Look for me on TV. LOL!

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