Other NLCS Game 1 thoughts . . .
Chan Ho!: Rangers fans and Dodgers fans alike may be somewhat perplexed as to why Chan Ho Park was deemed worthy of a spot on the Phillies' 25-man NLCS roster, especially after his lackluster tenures with those two aforementioned teams. His performance last night in the bottom of the 7th immediately justified his inclusion on the roster. Rookie reliever Antonio Bastardo began the inning by allowing a double to Phillie-killer Andre Ethier. Enter Chan Ho. He needed just 15 pitches to shut down Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Casey Blake, in order, squelching the rally and preserving the Phils' precarious 5-4 lead. He hadn't pitched in about a month due to a hamstring injury, but last night his fastball reached 96mph on the Dodgers somewhat generous radar.
All-Time RBI: Ryan Howard's 18 career postseason RBIs now gives him the Phillies all-time lead in that category over Mike Schmidt's 16. Schmitty accumulated his total over 36 games and 140 at-bats. Ryan did it in just 22 games and 83 at-bats. Pretty impressive.
Padilla's Flotilla: The Dodgers' Game 2 starter, former Phillie Vicente Padilla, has faced his former team just once in his career. On June 28, 2008, Vicente (as a Texas Ranger) started and lost an Interleague game in Arlington. He lasted six innings, allowing seven runs, including home runs to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.