Considering that the Philadelphia Phillies have only scored in two out of 16 innings at bat of the first two games of the NLDS, you might think they are down 2-0 in the best of five series. However, the Milwaukee Brewers have only scored in three of the 18 innings, leaving the door wide open for Philly and allowing them to (barely) win two of two in their home stadium.
The Brewers threatened to make Brett Myers blow up in the 1st inning of Game Two, as Myers wildly walked in Ray Durham with only one out in the inning. But then Corey Hart decided to swing blindly at the first pitch, which happened to be a high and outside curveball which he tried to pull into left field.
Instead, the ball took a generous hop right into Myers' glove, and he gracefully completed the double play. Myers bounced back from there as he went on a roll straight into the 7th inning.
The Phillies threatened in the 1st but managed nothing. Then in the 2nd, as Myers battled Sabathia for a nine pitch walk, the electricity of the largest crowd in Citizens Bank History seemed to get into C.C.'s head.
He proceeded to walk Jimmy Rollins on four pitches. Then he threw a meatball to Shane Victorino, which he deposited into the left-field seats. That was all the Phillies needed. They cruised to an easy victory as the Brewers looked defeated the rest of the game and only managed one more run.
With all that being said, Game Three is the only game that matters. If the Brewers win, they could carry that momentum into Game Four, and possibly put the pressure back on Philadelphia to win Game Five in their home stadium.
The Brewers should be much more loose in their home stadium, but they will have to restrain their itchy hitting finger, because Jamie Moyer is going to work the corners with the slow-ball all day.
Milwaukee pitcher Dave Bush has his work cut out for him because the power hitters for the Phillies will be craving his fastball. The left handed hitters, especially, must be hungry for a ball over the plate after getting duped by C.C. Sabathia all Thursday night.
I expect Moyer to slow the game down to his speed, taking all the time he needs, making the hitters think about what he's going to throw next. He should keep the Brewers off balance for about six innings. After that, it will most likely be up to Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, and Brad Lidge to hang on to any lead the Phillies have.
I don't expect Dave Bush to last as long as Moyer. If the Phillies can put pressure on Bush by getting on the basepaths and stealing bags, the Phillies' hitters could be in for a big day. The Brewers will put up all they have to offer, but I expect the Phillies to close the series out with the long ball.
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