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Phillies pull off miracle win against Dodgers. One win from World Series


What exactly is it about Game Four of the NLCS when the Phillies play the Dodgers?

Well, the first two contests in 1977 (The "Rain Game") and 1978 (Garry Maddox dropping a fly ball leading to the winning run) were sheer heartache for Phillies fans who would just as soon as forget those moments. However, the Fightins have done pretty well with Game Four post-1978 when they play L.A. The Phils clinched the pennant in 1983's Game Four when the series was then the best of five, the fourth edition of the 2008 NLCS was the "Matt Stairs Game," and now 2009 Game Four of the NLCS will probably be known as the "Jimmy Rollins Game."

And it should. What would have been a series deadlocked at two games a piece changed to a 3-1 series lead for the Phillies with just one swing of the bat. Rollins' double plated pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz with the game-winning run. This team never gives up until the 27th out is made. It's games like these that make champions. The Phillies aren't pretty by any means necessary, but they get the job done when it counts. If you don't believe in this team, you should get examined somewhere. Events that happened in the ninth inning of Game Four tonight are always what went against the Phillies' favor back in the day. Not anymore. We're the bully, not the protagonist. Moreover, this team got to Jonathan Broxton again. Amazing.  What happened at that stadium tonight was unreal. Just unreal.  The emotions went from crying to happy crying, hugging, and everything else in between. It was truly a sight to see.

The Phillies barely scrapped anything off of former Philly Randy Wolf, and the team once again gave the Dodgers four outs in an inning when the usually sure-handed Pedro Feliz botched a ground ball which would have led to the winning run. Take note that all of the Dodgers runs were scored with two outs. The importance of a shutdown inning is vital to the Phillies chances of winning another World Series. So far, tonight's starter Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels have not shown they can do this. On a bright spot, Brad Lidge got the Phillies out of a minor jam in the top of the ninth inning to win the game.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers have no idea of the name of that bus who hit them. They had the Phillies on the ropes, only to see it slip away again. Kind of brings back memories of Black Friday 1977, doesn't it? Feels pretty good to be on the other side of it, though.

So here is my prediction for Game Five Wednesday Night at Citizens Bank Park: Cole Hamels redeems himself and pitches an absolute gem. Lidge ties it down in the ninth, and we go the World Series again my friends.




(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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