Posted by: Jeremy | October 22, 2009

Phillies cruise back to the Fall Classic


Jason Werth continues to mash

Jayson Werth continues to mash

Fire up that shower, Manny — this one is over. For the second straight year, the Phillies sent the Dodgers packing in the NLCS, cruising to a 10-4 win tonight to grab a spot in the World Series. Jayson Werth got Philly on the board with a three-run bomb off Vicente Padilla in the first and put it to bed with a solo homer — his fifth of the postseason — in the seventh.

Joe Torre’s decision to start Padilla over Game 1 loser Clayton Kershaw proved costly. After scoring three times on Werth’s homer in the first, the Phillies tacked on another run in the second on Pedro Feliz’s solo shot and a pair in the fourth on a Raul Ibanez RBI double and a bases-loaded hit-by-a-pitch by reliever George Sherril. Philly’s first six runs were all charged to Padilla.

So, it’s back to the World Series for the Phillies, where I’m hoping more than anything that Facepaint Guy will make a glorious return. Man, watching playoff games just isn’t the same without a creepy guy covered in red staring right back at you. If you’re out there my good man, please, please make a comeback. Those fake umpires that keep showing up at Jays games could learn something from you on how to sit behind the plate and be cool.

The World Series, by the way, tips next Wednesday, likely at Yankee Stadium, since the American League won the ever-important All-Star Game and every Los Angeles Angel not named Jeff Mathis forgot to show up for ALCS.

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