David Freese, shut down by Phillies aces the first three games, became a hometown star Wednesday night. Nike Uptempo Blue And White
Now it's back to Philadelphia for Game 5 on Friday night. Roy Halladay, who won the opener for the Phillies, will face St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter they played together in Toronto for five years.
Cardinals force Game 5
The 102 win Phillies were picked by many to win it all. But first they must dispose of the wild card Cardinals, who clinched a playoff spot on the last day of the season and have gotten the best of two members of the Phils' star studded rotation.
ST. LOUIS Big swings by a slumping hitter, clutch innings by a journeyman pitcher. Suddenly, the St. Louis Cardinals are looking very dangerous.
drove in four runs as the Cardinals defeated nemesis Roy Oswalt and forced a deciding fifth game in Nike Vapormax White Gold their NL playoff series by beating the favored Phillies 5 3.
Center fielder Jon Jay made a sliding catch on Placido Polanco's soft fly for the final out, and was already pointing his index finger before he got to his feet.
"This is what you worked for," said Freese, a local prep star who came to the Cardinals in a trade for Jim Edmonds after the 2007 season. "Just to do this in front of the fans of St. Louis and a bunch of friends and family, it's amazing."
"I didn't want to stop in the middle of my motion, so I threw it," Oswalt said. "I was wondering what size of animal it needed to be for it not to be a pitch."
"We're not looking at this like we're just happy to be here and it's David and Goliath," Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman said.
As for the Philadelphia Phillies? Things have turned downright squirrelly.
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Oswalt argued, unsuccessfully, that the creature's dash had distracted him on a pitch called a ball.
"Might be fitting that it goes down to the fifth game," he said. "It's up to us to go get it. It's sitting right there for us. We've got our ace going, and we're at home, and Nike Air Uptempo Black And Yellow
An omen, maybe: Right after Oswalt threw a pitch in the fifth, a squirrel darted across the plate.
so everything is sitting right there."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel agreed.
"They're good friends and old teammates, and Carp was really chomping at the bit for this opportunity to pitch against Roy on full rest in a huge Game 5," Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday said. "It should be quite a battle, and then it'll be fun to watch two great competitors go head to head and two great teams get after it."
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