Wow! Are you kidding me? It took a miracle ninth inning comeback just for Ryan Howard's three homers and Jamie Moyer's seven-plus strong innings not to go in vain. Now, they send Brett Myers to the mound to finish off Atlanta.
Hearing "MVP" chants all afternoon from the crowd at Citizens Bank Park, Howard passed Ralph Kiner for most home runs in a sophomore year, hitting his 50th, 51st and 52nd home runs of the season. Kiner hit 51 back in 1947. It almost wasn't enough, as the Phillies watched a 6-1 lead disappear into a 7-6 deficit, including another 9th-inning implosion by the Phillies' bullpen. But with the score tied 7-7 in the bottom of the inning, Shane Victorino delivered the game-winning hit off closer Bob Wickman to give the Phils the 8-7 win.
Next, Brett Myers (10-6, 4.24 ERA) will look to follow Jamie Moyer's strong performance in Game 1. Moyer lasted 7 1-3 innings, and would have lasted longer had it not been for Todd Pratt's eighth inning blast. The Braves will counter Myers with converted reliever Lance Cormier (2-4, 5.87 ERA).
This is another good opportunity for the Phils, who will need to put an emotional Game 1 behind them and go on the attack yet again.