Phillies Win NL East For 3rd Consecutive Year

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Pop the champagne Phillies fans; for the 3rd year in a row, this team has won the NL East and will be playing in the post-season.  In a game that included at least one RBI from every starting position player except lead-off hitter Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies powered their way to a 10-3 mashing of the Astros to win the title.  Rollins did have 2 hits in the game though, plus a walk and he scored twice.

A true team effort, the win included back-to-back triples by Rollins and Shane Victorino, a massive 2-run homer by Raul Ibanez, a sac fly, a stolen base and 3 doubles.  Pedro Martinez pitched only 4 innings and allowed 3 runs, but his teammates picked him up with their hitting and some great relief pitching.  Kyle Kendrick, who spent nearly the whole year in the minors, pitched 3 innings of scoreless ball allowing only 2 hits.  Chad Durbin picked up the 8th; Scott Eyre got the 1st 2 outs in the 9th and, believe it or not, Charlie Manuel put Brad Lidge in to finish the game.  Lidge got his old buddy Lance Berkman out on 1 pitch.

So, it is time to rejoice!  Since I was not able to attend the game tonight, I broke out some old photos from the 2007 NL East clinching game.  Here are a few ways the Phillies may now be celebrating:

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Here at home, the Phillies unofficial mascots, J-Roll Smurf and Chutley Smurf are also partying hard.  A drink and a victory lap:

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Now just take a deep breath and exhale…ahhhhhh!  Time to relax…for now.  Home field advantage is still up for grabs.  That challenge will begin with tomorrow night at 7:05pm in the last game of 4 against the Astros.  Go Phillies!

Photos by Jenn

Except champagne photo by: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/t

 

 

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8 comments

  1. devilabrit

    Celebrations are wonderful right now…home field would be real good…first 4 in the line up with 100 runs each outstanding and still 4 games left of the season…then every game counts…can’t wait..:-)
    ~peter
    Outside the Phillies Looking In
    http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

  2. crzblue2

    Jenn,
    Congratulations on the clincher
    .
    Yes, HFA is still up in the air! Is just who wants it more! I hope my Dodgers do! I have a friend that is a long time Dodger fan living in Brooklyn that that already booked flight/tickets based on the Dodgers having that HFA. He is making his dream a reality of seen the Bums at Dodger Stadium.
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

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