This afternoon the Phillies found their long-ball magic in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Brew Crew. Jimmy Rollins led off the first inning with a line drive to the seats in right field off Brewers' starter Jeff Suppan. Pat Burrell struck for a 3-run tater and Jason Werth followed him with a deep blast to the fans in center field. In his last at bat (in the eighth inning), Pat Burrell hit his second homer of the day off reliever Guillermo Mota. The Brewers' Prince Fielder got one back with a long bomb to right, but that was the only run Milwaukee got off Phillies' starter Joe Blanton, who did well for six innings. Blanton did not show any wildness and kept ahead of the Brewer hitters.
The Brewers scored one run against Ryan Madson in his two innings of relief. Then Phillies closer Brad Lidge pitched an uneventful ninth, and the Phils won 6 - 2. The team celebrated (again) by dousing one other with champagne, but even in the exuberance of the moment, they seemed to be looking ahead to their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. That best-of-seven set will decide the National League pennant. The Phils' pitching is looking good, and their hitting came back to life today, so I think there is reason to be optimistic. Maybe, just maybe, this will finally be the Phillies year to win that elusive Second World Championship!