Brett Myers hammered home a complete-game two-hitter on just three-days rest, leading his team to a 6-1 win and four-game sweep over the Brewers. With the win, the Phils pulled into a two-way tie with Milwaukee for the Wild Card lead and trail the Mets by just one game in the NL East.
Myers used just 95 pitches to erase the Brewers WC lead, completing successful short-rest bookends that began with Jamie Moyer's effective outing on Thursday night. Although Myers dominated, the Brewers will spend a plane ride to Chicago looking themselves in the mirror. Everyone from the entire free-swinging offense to their egghead manager will try to pick up the pieces. Jeff Suppan also had nothing tonight, and in hindsight, voting for the doubleheader and generally looking ahead to Chicago didn't pan out so well for the Brew Crew.
Offensively, Jimmy Rollins doubled out of the chute, and when Jimmy's in the mix, the Phillies usually win. J-Roll was on base all five times, setting the table for an offense that also saw Shane Victorino reach base in each of his at bats and Pat Burrell clout an atom bomb to left, his 31st of the season and first since his five-RBI outburst on Aug. 26.
Beerleaguer: Isn't it nice for this to be fun again, to lighten up, to not live our lives and mash out blog entries in a constant state of frustration and desperation? On Wednesday, this thing looked close to over. Not so fast. A week ago, most Beerleaguers said we'd know where the season stood at the conclusion of this series, and I gotta say, I like where they stand.