Quarterback Donovan McNabb threw for his 200th touchdown pass and surpassed the 30,000 yard mark as the Philadelphia Eagles went on to defeat the Washington Redskins 27-17 Monday night. The win for Philly was a definite step in the right direction after being stunned last week against the Oakland Raiders.
DeSean Jackson racked up two TD’s in the first half from a 67-yard run and a 57-yard reception that followed. “I was out there having fun, man, honestly,” said Jackson. “My ankle was kind of hurting. I really didn’t feel it, but it did kind of affect my dance a little bit. I could put it to perfection a little bit better than that.”
The Redskins can only look ahead now to their match up with the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday. “You have to take the bitter with the sweet,” said running back Rock Cartwright. “And right now we’re at a bitter moment.”
Philadelphia is just one game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East standings. The two teams will meet on Sunday, November 11th at 1:00 PM.
Jayson Werth knocked one of his two game home runs in the bottom of the first inning to bring in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. From there the Philadelphia Phillies were World Series bound for their second appearance in two seasons, eventually closing this year’s NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz also homered for Philadelphia, but it was Werth who got the lineup going with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. “Big games call for big times,” said Werth. “Hopefully, we can keep it going. We’ve got four more games to win.”
Cole Hamels on the mound to start let in three runs in five innings pitched with three strike outs. Following his exit the bullpen really held LA’s hitting to a minimum, allowing just three hits and one run for the rest of the game. The Phillies will now wait for the Yankees Angels series to wrap up (Game 5 tonight at 7:57 PM) before the 2009 World Series can officially start up.
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Jimmy Rollins knocked a frozen rope two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning for the Philadelphia Phillies to win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Phillies are now just one win away from returning to the World Series for a run at their second straight title.
The Dodgers will definitely look to make adjustments for Game 5 tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton is excited to move on from the previous contest after blowing the win in relief. “He put some good wood on it and it went to the wall,” said Broxton. “It was a good game, just let it get away in the ninth.”
Philadelphia has won 10 of their last 11 post-season home games (10 of 12 LCS games). They will now turn to Cole Hamels to produce a good start for them on the mound against Dodgers right-hander Vincente Padilla.
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After the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the NLCS score at 1-1, the Philadelphia Phillies made sure they would produce enough offensively in order to avoida similar scenario next time around. Cliff Lee held LA scoreless through eight innings pitched as all but two players from Philadelphia’s line up came up with a hit. After pulling ahead in the first with four runs, the Phillies kept piling on the insurance to eventually win 11-0 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino led the heavy offense with homers in the first and eighth innings to bring in five runs combined. The next two games will be in Philadelphia before the series moves back to Los Angeles if necessary.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre expected different results yesterday but still believes his team to be in good position. “You never want to get your rear end kicked,” said Torre. “But you don’t toss and turn and wonder if you made the right move. It’s still only one game and we’re in position to tie the series tomorrow.”
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Ryan Howard hit a two run double with two down followed by a Jayson Werth single for the Philadelphia Phillies to come back in the 9th inning with three more runs, advancing them past the Colorado Rockies to the National League Championship Series. There they will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers with the first two games scheduled at Dodger Stadium in LA. “No one got rattled and no one was worried,” said Werth. “Going back to ’07, we got swept by the Rockies and I think everybody learned a lesson. Everybody knew what we had to do.”
Rockies closer Huston Street was not so happy with his end of the road performance. “We stood toe to toe with the defending world champions,” Street said. “I take full responsibility for there not being a Game 5 and not keeping us alive.” The first NLCS game will take place this Thursday. LA will be out for revenge knowing the Phillies handled them in last year’s series. Philadelphia is now in a good spot to try and earn back to back World Series rings, which was last done nine years ago when the New York Yankees won in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
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Yorvit Torrealba knocked a two run homer in the second inning and from there the Colorado Rockies held on to win 5-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of their National League Division Series. “It’s huge,” said Torrealba. “Going back to Denver, that was our goal, if we can win at least one game here – and we did.”
Aaron Cook allowed three runs and seven hits in five-plus innings for Colorado. The sinker specialist earned 12 of 15 outs from strikeouts or grounders. “His sinker was downhill and he was really working both sides of the plate,” Torrealba added.
The Phillies came back from an early 4-0 Rockies lead to even the score heading into the eighth inning, when Jason Werth homered to right center for the go-ahead run. The series is all tied up as they make their way to Coors Field in Colorado. Game 2 is scheduled for October 10th at 9:37 PM.
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Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee retired 26 straight batters in his first career playoff start, as Philadelphia went on to win over the Colorado Rockies 5-1 in Game 1 of their National League Division Series. “Up until the fifth, it was one of the better games he had pitched over the course of the month,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “He was really, really on his game into the fifth. He had all his stuff.”
In all nine innings pitched Lee allowed just six hits with four coming from two hitters (Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki). Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez all knocked multiple hits for Philadelphia. The NL East champs will again host the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park today at 2:37 PM. Cole Hamels will get the call to take the mound for the Phillies against Colorado’s Aaron Cook.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently stated that Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick will be eligible to play by the third week of the 2009 NFL regular season. “Hopefully we can have a success story here, which would be good for society in general,” said Goodell. “He’s realistic about the challenges ahead, and anxious to play football.”
The Eagles are set to match up with the New York Jets for their last preseason game before they open up the regular season in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers on September 13th. Vick will be able to officially take the field on September 20th when his team hosts the New Orleans Saints in Philadelphia.
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In his debut as a San Francisco Giant, Brad Penny pitched for eight scoreless innings and helped his team coast to a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw 64 strikes out of 102 pitches and surrendered just five hits.
“This is what you put a uniform on for, to get in the playoffs and play in the World Series,” said Penny after the game. “The reason I came here is, you get in a five-game series, with the pitching these guys here … I mean, you’ve got a good chance to win. This team is going to be real dangerous and people aren’t going to want to play them if they’re in the playoffs.”
It seems as though Penny has taken a quick liking to his new team after a good outing. With the win the Giants have moved to just one game out of the NL Wild Card chase. Penny during his time in Red Sox gear (AL Wild Card leaders) held a 5.61 ERA with a 7-8 record. Following his best game in his last 28 starts, Penny has discovered things to be a bit sunnier on the West Coast.
Quarterback/utility specialist Michael Vick made his debut last night in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform as they went on to barely edge out the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-32. In the short period of time he played he completed all four of his attempted short passes for nineteen yards. The half empty Stadium in Philadelphia shared minimal protests and some fans were left wanting more, chanting “we want Vick” after he left the game. “It’s been a long journey for me,” said Vick. “I just want to do it right this time around.”
With Vick on the roster head coach Andy Reid can certainly afford to get more creative with his offense. Last night we saw Vick and starting QB Donovan McNabb both line up at the receiver spot at different points in the game. Before the game that day Vick was spending his time in court, where a federal judge approved his six-year plan to repay creditors $20 million and emerge from bankruptcy.
The Eagles have one more preseason game against the New York Jets before heading to Carolina to face the Panthers for their season opener September 13th. They will then have a three game home stand for the rest of September, hosting the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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