With plenty of power to go with their improved pitching, the Philadelphia Phillies are ready for anything in the NL championship series.
Bring on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I like our chances,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Sunday after Philadelphia clinched its first trip to the NLCS since 1993 with a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cole Hamels was so dominant the Milwaukee Brewers were glad to see Brad Lidge come in. The switch to their perfect closer nearly cost the Philadelphia Phillies.
Behind their top two arms, the Phillies grabbed their first postseason victory in 15 years — barely.
Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder apologized Tuesday for pushing a teammate in the dugout during a loss, saying he should have done a better job of handling frustration due in part to the Brewers’ losing streak.
With one XXL-sized move, the Milwaukee Brewers hope to transform themselves from scrappy underdogs to a big, bad pitching powerhouse intent on chasing down the Chicago Cubs and making the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
Kevin Slowey pitched eight effective innings and hit a two-run single for his first career RBIs, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 on Friday night.
Justin Morneau and Alexi Casilla had three RBIs apiece for the Twins, who are trying to salvage the final series of a miserable road trip. Minnesota began the swing 1-6 and had given up 10 runs or more in four of the first seven games.
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