Philly Powers Into NLCS With 6-2 Win Over Brewers

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2008 4:01 PM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Craig Counsell makes a catch in Game 4 of the National League division series Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(Newser) – The Philadelphia Phillies found plenty of power to go with their pitching, right in time for the NL championship series, the AP reports. Pat Burrell broke out of his slump in a big way with two homers, one a three-run shot, and Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth added solo drives today to lead the Phillies to a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that clinched their first trip to the NLCS since 1993.

Overshadowed by the offensive barrage was a gem by midseason addition Joe Blanton, who held the Brewers to one run after an eight-day layoff. Rollins got the Phillies started with a lead-off shot and Philadelphia won the best-of-five series three games to one, earning another crack at the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. Game 1 is Thursday in Philadelphia.