Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Keys to the 3-1 win

Cole Hamels struck out twice at the plate.

Keys to the 3-1 win

Cole Hamels struck out twice at the plate.

As far as smudges, that's about the extent of it. Hamels was brilliant on the mound today, and the result was the Phillies first playoff win in 15 years. The Phillies took advantage of a couple of Brewers fielding miscues to score three runs in the bottom of the third inning, then coasted to a 3-1 win.

In case you missed it, here are some key talking points for the dinner table tonight:

1) The Phillies' approach against young Brewers righthander Yovani Gallardo was obvious: Make him throw strikes. It's something this offense has struggled with this season. But for the most part, they were extremely disciplined today. Gallardo relied almost exclusively on his fastball and curve ball. He struggled to locate the latter, resulting in five walks in just four innings. Gallardo left the game after four innings and 75 pitches.

2) Hamels change-up was devastating tonight. Of the 24 outs he recorded tonight, 13 of them came on change-ups. The Brewers, unlike the Phillies, didn't make him work at all. He allowed just one runner to reach second base, and none to reach third. He was perfect through 4 2/3, walked just one, and allowed just two hits.

3) All three of the Phillies runs were unearned, thanks to a fielding error on Rickie Weeks in the third inning. Carlos Ruiz had led off the frame with a single. Hamels laid down a bunt to move him over, but Bill Hall's throw to first bouncced off the heel of Week's is glove, allowing both runners to reach safely. After Jimmy Rollins popped out to shallow left field and Jayson Werth struck out, Chase Utley hit a drive to center field that Mike Cameron couldn't handle. The play was ruled a double, which was probably the correct ruling. But if Cameron had gotten the proper jump rather than tracking to his right before running backwards, he probably would have caught the ball, which bounced in and out of his glove. Two runs scored on the play.

4) Shane Victorino looked at five pitches to draw a bases loaded walk and force the third and final run home in the third inning.

5) The Phillie Phanatic and his band of Merry-makers staged a parody of the famous Milwaukee sausage race, during which one of the hot dogs was knocked out with a big pink bat, and another was wrapped in a flying tackle by the Phanatic.

6) C.C Sabathia will square off against Brett Myers tomorrow night.

7) Hamels' final line: 8 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, 101 pitches.

8) The only time Hamels ever appeared to be in even an ounce of trouble was the sixth inning, when he allowed a one-out single to Craig Counsell and then a one-out walk to Mike Cameron to put men on first and second. But he rebounded to strike out Bill Hall, then got Ryan Braun to pop out to short stop to get out of the inning.

8) Brad Lidge made things interesting, allowing a run in the ninth. With the tying run on second base and one out he struck out Prince Fielder. Then, after walking J.J. Hardy, he threw a wild pitch to Corey Hart to move the tying run into scoring position. But he struck out Corey Hart on a 2-2 fastball to end the game.

9) Much more to come after the game.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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