Two up, one to play = NL East Champions

It seemed appropriate: crowd roaring, towels waving, that familiar siren signaling his entrance.

Brad Lidge trotted out to the mound and did what he has all season.

This time, it wasn't just a game that was saved, but a regular season campaign, which came to a stirring end yesterday with a 4-3 victory that capped off the Phillies second straight National League East title.

There is still another game to play, but in the grand scheme of things, it is meaningless. Cole Hamels will be ready for the divisional playoffs, which begin Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park and will feature either the Dodgers or the Brewers.

More to come. I'm heading down to the clubhouse.