The Philadelphia Phillies will be headed to the NLCS for a second straight year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Phillies prevailed over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4 of the NLDS 5-4. They took three games out of four.
In Game 1, Phillies starter through a complete game en route to a 5-1 victory.
In Game 2, the Rockies evened the series with a 5-4 win.
Game 3 was initially scheduled to be played on Saturday but was delayed 24 hours due to a snowstorm in Denver.
With Lee throwing a complete game in Game 1 many wondered about Phillies manager Charley Manuel's confidence in closer Brad Lidge. But it was the Rockies bullpen that faltered. It was Huston Street not Lidge who gave up the go ahead run to the Phillies in the 9th inning during both Games 3 & 4. Last night, Ryan Howard drove in the go ahead run with a sacrifice fly. Tonight, the Phillies scored three runs in the 9th with two outs. Howard hit a two run double to tie the game and then Jayson Werth singled him in for the go ahead run. Meanwhile, Lidge managed to save both games. If Lidge is back in his 2008 form in which he did not blow a save that entire year then the Dodgers are in trouble. The Phillies could repeat in 2009. But, of course, they have to get past the Dodgers first. I won't dismiss them as easily this time around.
Game 1 of the NLCS begins Thursday in Los Angeles.