11:38 P.M. - Phils eliminate Dodgers in 5 games - Now Head to World Series/ Maddux heads home

LOS ANGLES - Philadelphia just eliminated Los Angles by a final score of 5-1 while I was typing the Bridgewater Volleyball story. While I happy for both John Leonard (All Things Valley League) and Damon Dillman (TV-3 in H'Burg) as the pair are long time Phils fans, I am a bit sadden that Greg Maddux has pitched for the final time in the 2008 campaign.

Tonight was a typical night in a very odd season for MY BASEBALL HERO. Maddux pitched just 1 scoreless inning against the Cubs (9TH inning of Game #1) and just one inning before tonight against the Phils. Maddux came in tonight with L.A down 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning.

Maddux retired the side in the fourth inning and picked up 2 strike outs in doing it. Now the 1ST one was the opposing pitcher but the second one was Jimmy Rollins who had homered to start the game.

Now the fifth inning was pretty interesting for Maddux and LA. Werth singled thru the left side but was retired on a fielders choice off the bat of Chase Utley. Ryan Howard singled to right to put runners on 1ST and 2ND and had Maddux looking for a double play ground ball. Three ground balls and three errors later (All by the same nameless Dodger), the Phils had added a pair of UN-Earned runs off Maddux to make the lead 5-0.

Maddux will finish with a line of 2.0 IP/2 hits / 2 runs / 0 Earned Runs / 1 walk / 3 K's and will complete the post season with an ERA of 0.00 for his 4 innings of work. I know that my guy isn't the same dominant pitcher that ruled the 1990's but how do you play 8 playoff games and have him pitch just 4.0 innings?

It was easy for me to pull against Joe Torre when he managed for the Evil Empire but this year I found myself pulling for him because of the late season trade that took Maddux from San Diego to Los Angles. But now I can say I hope that Greg jumps back on the I-5 Expressway and heads back down to Bud Black and the San Diego Padres for the 2009 season.

I do want to add one final note on the 4-1 series victory for the Phils-

Manny Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a Home Run in the game tonight and finished with a batting average of .533 and Loney ended at .438.

Congrats Phils!

One final look at the All Time Wins List:

1. Cy Young....................511
2.Walter Johnson..........417
T3. Grover Alexander..373
T3.Christy Mathewson.373

5. Pud Galvin................364
6.Warren Spahn...........363
7.Kid Nichols.................361
8.Greg Maddux...........355

If Maddux comes back and Wins 10 games in 2009 he will move up to #5 All Time !

Thanks Greg - For another Classy Year despite a number of things not going your way!

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