Momentum is a big thing in the playoffs. It could be stringing together a number of wins to the point where you forget what its like to lose. Or.... it could be back from being down-and-out to winning a game on your final out - surprising even the people who run MLB.com.
It was the second one for the Phillies. They were looking to close the Dodgers out in five games in the NLCS for the second consecutive season. After Jimmy Rollins' magical walk-off double on Monday night, there seemed to be little doubt the Phillies would lose tonight.
Andre Ethier did his part for Los Angeles with a solo home run in the top of the first. The lead didn't last long as Jayson Werth's three-run home run in the bottom of the first gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead and they were off to the races.
A Pedro Feliz home run in the second, followed by two runs in the fourth inning, and a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning by Shane Victorino put the Phillies comfortably ahead 8-3. They weren't satisfied as the Fightins added another run in the seventh and eighth innings.
The crowds started to gather on Pattison Avenue in the seventh inning and there was little doubt about what was in store for them on this night.
Closer Brad Lidge came in and threw a perfect ninth inning as the 46,214 celebrated another National League pennant and trip to the World Series. The Phillies were the first team since the 2000-01 Yankees to win back-to-back pennants.
Ironically enough, they would be facing the Yankees in the Fall Classic.
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