Needed: 3-game win streak

Game 4 recap
In his blog, Todd Zolecki questioned if last night’s loss ranked up there with Black Friday in 1977.  In my mind, heck no.  We had a lead in the NLCS game against the Dodgers. 

Last night we couldn’t get the big hit.  When we trailed by two runs, it seemed like 20.  But, this resilient team battled and tied the game before the gut-wrenching ninth.  Damon should get credit for the win.  He had a nine-pitch AB against Brad and with the shift on for Teixeira, he pulled off the first-ever double-steal in the WS.

Utley’s homer was his fifth in his World Series history, which ties Billy Martin for the most by a second baseman.

All of the Phillies World Series homers have come with no one on base.  Gotta change that pattern. 

Posada had nine mound visits, plus four others with the pitching coach.  That set a record for a World Series game in November. .

Now, we’re faced with winning three in a row.  We had 12 winning streaks of three or more games during the season.  The Yankees, seven losing streaks of three or more games.

Two other WS teams have come back from being down 3-1, 1979 Orioles and 1985 Royals.  Time to join the list.

Ceremonial first ball
Hall of Famers Robin Roberts and Jim Bunning will throw the ceremonial first balls tonight. Jayson Werth, a native of Roberts’ hometown in Springfield, IL, will catch Robbie; J. A. Happ will catch Bunning . . . Delivering the game ball to the mound with a member of the Boys & Girls Club will be Greg Gross.

Postseason Memories
Greg Gross played with the Phillies from 1979 through 1988.  During his 17-year big league career, he also played with the Astros and Cubs.  His post-season experience with the Phillies included in the 1981 NLDS, 1980 and 1983 NLCS and World Series in ’80 and ’83.  Had three key pinch hits in the 1980 NLCS win over Houston.  He is the Phillies all-time leader with 117 pinch hits.  Now, 57, “GG” is a coach in the Phillies minor league system and resides in suburban Philadelphia.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“As a child, I remember racing home from school to catch the end of games.” 
As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“The total electricity in the ballpark from batting practice to the end of the game. It was something you never forget.”
What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“The excitement of Game 5 in the 1980 NLCS against Houston and getting to the World Series.  The victory parade that followed was another ever-lasting memory.”
Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“Watching it on the television after being in the stands at the rain out a couple of nights earlier.”

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