Twice this season, the Phillies cut into seven game leads held by the New York Mets. Finally, with just a small hiccup on Saturday, the Phillies made the comeback official and won the NL East title and head to the post-season for the first time in 14 seasons.
decided today was it. There would be no Phillies game tomorrow and it would be because the Phillies were going to be National League East Champions. From his first at bat, Rollins set the tone, getting on base, stealing two bases and scoring on a sacrifice fly. Later, he would hit his 20th triple of the season and again score on a sacrifice fly as the Phillies extended their lead to put away the Washington Nationals
. That win, combined with a drubbing that the New York Mets
took at the hands of the Florida Marlins
, gave the Phillies 89 wins on the season and the NL East title.
Jamie Moyer gave the Phillies 5.1 innings of work and was relieved by Tom Gordon, who got a double-play ground ball to end the sixth inning. From there, J.C. Romero handled two innings and Brett Myers came on to get the final three outs, striking out Wily Mo Pena to end the game.
The Phillies will open the playoffs at home and will have Cole Hamels on the mound to open the series. Their opponent will be either the San Diego Padres or Colorado Rockies.
The win will likely also propel Jimmy Rollins to the MVP Award and could possibly give Charlie Manuel the NL Manager of the Year Award.
Immediately following the game, the Phillies celebrated on the field, quickly donning Phillies NL East Division Champion hats.