You’ll notice that since I stopped making game predictions, the home team hasn’t lost a game in the World Series. Unfortunately for all those new, bandwagon jumping Tampa Bay Rays fans, it also means their team on the brink of elimination.
Ryan Howard made up for a largely dismal postseason in Games 3 and 4. Howard hit 3 homeruns in 24 hour period when he launched a ball to deep right in the sixth inning of Game 3, then hit a 3-run blast to left in the bottom of the fourth and a 2-run bomb to right in the bottom of the 8th in Game 4.
Other players coming through for the Phillies included catcher Carlos Ruiz, who went 2-3 in Game 3 with a homerun and 2 RBIs. Ruiz knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th with a single to third base. Chase Utley homered in Game 3; Jason Werth and pitcher Joe Blanton homered in Game 4.
The Rays only had five hits in Game 4 and six in Game 3. Carl Crawford was the weekend stud for Tampa, going 2-4 and scoring 2 runs in Game 3, then hitting a homerun to deep right (which isn’t really DEEP at Citizens Bank Park) in the top of the 4th of Game 4. Dioner Navarro went 2-4 in Game 3 and scored a run, as did B.J. Upton.
Eric Hinske homered to deep center in the following inning which pinch hitting for Andy Sonnanstine. Sonnanstine, catcher Dioner Navarro, and Wily Aybar also had one hit a piece in Game 4.