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October 7, 2011
8:37 PM ET, 7:37 PM CT, 6:37 PM MT, 5:37 PM PT
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Series tied 2-2


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C. Carpenter (11-9, 3.45) R. Halladay (19-6, 2.35)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter grew up together with the Toronto Blue Jays, and the BFFs have spent plenty of time competing on golf courses and fishing boats.

The stakes will be much higher when the All-Stars go head-to-head on a mound for the first time Friday night.

It'll be Halladay vs. Carpenter in Game 5 with a berth in the NL championship series on the line for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.
"You definitely look forward to it," Halladay said Thursday. "Not only is Chris a good pitcher, but obviously a good friend. We've talked about this scenario. I think it's something we're both looking forward to. It's going to be a challenge."Going in, you know what you're up against, you know how good they are, you know how good Chris is. We haven't got a chance to pitch against each other, and if you're going to do it for the first time, might as well be now," he said.

The best buddies already have made offseason plans for a fishing trip. One of them will get a head start on his vacation.
"It's been a pretty good friendship for a long time," Carpenter said. "We've pitched together, we've vacationed together, we communicate a bunch during the offseason and during the season. He just invited me to go fishing this winter, so I mean, we've got a real good relationship. It's going to be a lot of fun."This is a "dream matchup," according to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who set it up by pitching Carpenter on three days' rest for the first time in his career in Game 2."They've got so much common history and they're both great pitchers, great competitors, and now we're going to do it," La Russa said. "It's going to be as good as it gets. We're looking forward to being there and trying our best. And they are so close, they both have a lot of weapons. You can see each of those guys four times and they'll give you something different all four times. Halladay is every bit as good as his record and his awards and all that, but Carp is in that same category."

The Phillies, heavy favorites entering the division series, are counting on the ace of their star-studded rotation to outduel his pal and put away those pesky Cardinals.

The pressure will be on Halladay, though he downplays it. Nothing less than a World Series title will satisfy anyone in Philadelphia. Those franchise-record 102 regular-season wins won't mean a thing if the Phillies don't advance.
"I don't think you can get too caught up in what game it is, and what it means," Halladay said. "I think if you go out thinking: 'Wow, this is everything, all-in-one,' I think it can make too much out of it."

Halladay beat the Cardinals in the opener, despite a shaky start. He allowed a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in the first inning, but dominated the rest of the way. Halladay retired the last 21 batters he faced, and turned an eight-run lead over to the bullpen in an 11-6 win. He allowed three runs and three hits, striking out eight in eight innings.

Carpenter struggled in his start, allowing four runs and five hits in three innings in his shortest outing of the season. But the Cardinals overcame a 4-0 deficit against Cliff Lee and beat the Phillies 5-4 to even the series.
"Carp is all about winning, bottom line," said third baseman David Freese , who had four RBIs on a homer and double in Game 4. "That's what he said after his outing. We fought back, and that's what Carp wants, he wants to win. And he wants that ball, Game 5, and he's going to be ready. He knows what we're going up against in Philly with Halladay and their offense, but I think that they understand that we're going to bring our A game. And it's going to be exciting. It's going to be a lot of fun, and we'll see what happens."

There are so many similarities between Halladay and Carpenter - right down to even their height and weight. Both are listed at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds.

The 36-year-old Carpenter, the 15th pick in the 1992 amateur draft, is a three-time All-Star and the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner. He's 144-92 in 14 seasons with the Blue Jays and Cardinals.

The 34-year-old Halladay, the 17th pick in the 1995 amateur draft, is an eight-time All-Star and he's won the Cy Young Award once in each league. He's 188-92 in 14 seasons with the Blue Jays and Phillies.

Halladay has more individual accomplishments and extra hardware on his trophy case. But Carpenter has something Halladay desperately wants: a World Series ring. Carpenter helped the Cardinals beat Detroit in the 2006 World Series.
"We feel confident with the guys that we have in our clubhouse, and we get to play the deciding game in front of our fans," Halladay said. "We all feel like this is something we can accomplish, and we know it's going to be a challenge, but I think we're all looking forward to it."

Carpenter had limited success with the Blue Jays, never winning more than 12 games in six years in Toronto. He was released after the 2002 season, and signed with the Cardinals two months later. His career really took off in St. Louis, though he's missed nearly three full seasons because of arm problems.

Halladay already was widely considered the best pitcher in the game when he joined the Phillies last year. He lived up to enormous expectations in his first season in Philadelphia, pitching a perfect game in the regular season, a no-hitter in his first postseason start and winning the Cy Young Award.

All those nights they stayed up late on the road, sitting in hotel rooms and talking about how to become better pitchers, surely worked out for both of them.
"I really felt like we grew together," Halladay said. "Coming up, we both kind of struggled with, we were supposed to come in and lead this team and be these great pitchers right out of the gate, and I think it was tough for both of us not really knowing how to go about that. But I really did feel like we kind of learned together, more mentally how to approach the game and how to play the game, and it was a lot of fun."It was just a great experience to go through that together, to learn together, to get better together, and ultimately coming out of there feeling like the time that we spent had really benefited both of us."

Both pitchers credit their friendship for helping them reach this point.
"We went through a lot of the same issues at the same time," Carpenter said. "A lot of it was mental. We both knew that we had quality stuff. But mentally as young kids with high expectations on you, this game is hard, and if you can't control that stuff in your mind and the game goes a thousand miles an hour, you're going to have a hard time executing, and fortunately we were able to figure it out."

The Cards are playing with house money. They wouldn't even be here without help from the Phillies. St. Louis trailed the Braves by 10 1/2 games on Aug. 25, but went 23-8 the rest of the way and earned a wild-card berth after Game 162 when Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep in Atlanta.

They haven't played like an underdog in this series, and they won't be happy simply pushing the Phillies to the limit.
"We haven't done anything yet," slugger Albert Pujols said. "We just tied the series."


The Series:
Series tied 2-2
October 1, 2011-Philadelphia 11, St. Louis 6
October 2, 2011-St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 4
October 4, 2011-Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 2
October 5, 2011-St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 3
October 7, 2011-STL (Carpenter) @ PHIL (Halladay)-7:37 CDT



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Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148


Last Game:

St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 3
WP: E. Jackson (1-0) S: J. Motte (2)
LP: R. Oswalt (0-1)
HR: STL - D. Freese (1)
Series tied 2-2


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Freese, Cardinals force Game 5, beat Phillies 5-3

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By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Big swings by a slumping hitter, clutch innings by a journeyman pitcher. Suddenly, the St. Louis Cardinals are looking very dangerous.

As for the Philadelphia Phillies ? Things have turned downright squirrelly.

David Freese , shut down by Phillies aces the first three games, became a hometown star Wednesday night. He homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Cardinals defeated nemesis Roy Oswalt and forced a deciding fifth game in their NL playoff series by beating the favored Phillies 5-3.

"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."

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.

"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.

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 were teammates in Toronto for five years.

"Might be fitting that it goes down to the fifth game," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel 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 so everything is sitting right there."

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.

An omen, maybe: Right after Oswalt threw a pitch in the fifth, a squirrel darted across the plate.

Oswalt argued, unsuccessfully, that the creature's dash had distracted him on a pitch called a ball.

"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."

Manuel argued, to no avail.

"Of course, being from the South and being a squirrel hunter, if I had a gun there, might have did something," Manuel said. "I'm a pretty good shot."

Albert Pujols was hitless in four at-bats in what could have been his final home game with the Cardinals. He received thunderous cheers every trip to the plate from a standing room crowd of 47,071, second-largest at 6-year-old Busch Stadium.

Pujols made his presence known on defense, catching Chase Utley going for an extra base in the sixth. Utley drew a leadoff walk and kept running on Hunter Pence 's grounder to short, but Pujols alertly jumped off first base to catch the throw and made a sharp relay to third for the out.

"This is obviously the playoffs, but that's a play I can make in the regular season, too," Pujols said. "If I would have stayed on the bag, it was going to be tough to get the runner at third. Obviously, that killed the rally right there."

Edwin Jackson recovered from a rocky beginning to win his first playoff start. After giving up two runs on his first five pitches, he wound up throwing six solid innings. Jason Motte worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the series.

Phillies cleanup hitter Ryan Howard , like Freese a St. Louis product, was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He is 0 for 8 the last two games with five strikeouts and has hit only one ball out of the infield.

"I think I've been a little bit anxious trying to go up and trying to make things happen instead of letting things happen," Howard said. "Right now I'm just kind of jumping, so just try to recognize pitches better."

Oswalt had been 5-0 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 previous postseason starts, the biggest closing out old Busch Stadium and the Cardinals in 2005 to get Houston to its first World Series. The right-hander also worked seven shutout innings against St. Louis in the Phillies' NL East division clincher in mid-September.

"It's good to get some early runs, for sure," Oswalt said. "I felt pretty comfortable after that. Just two bad pitches."

The biggest jolts for the Cardinals came from their seventh-place hitter. Freese was 2 for 12 the first three games with one RBI before punishing the fourth of the Phillies' aces.

Freese's two-run double down the third-base line in the fourth put St. Louis up 3-2. His two-run homer to straightaway center in the sixth whipped the crowd into a towel-waving frenzy.

Oswalt walked Berkman and hit Matt Holliday , making his first start of the series, to start the fourth. Pence made a fine running catch on the right field warning track to rob Yadier Molina of extra bases, but Freese jumped on a hanging curveball with a drive down the left-field line.

Holliday singled with one out in the sixth and Freese hit a 1-0 pitch to the pasture in straightaway center, not far from where a squirrel made an early appearance, for a three-run cushion. A squirrel also interrupted play in the fifth, racing across the plate an instant after Oswalt's pitch to Skip Schumaker passed for a ball.

Oswalt argued with plate umpire Angel Hernandez, asking for no pitch. On the next, Schumaker flied out.

In Game 3 Tuesday, a squirrel was seen scampering in foul territory along the third base line.

Five pitches into the game, the Phillies had a 2-0 lead with an assist from the late-afternoon playing conditions.

Jay, standing in bright sunshine while shadows, took one step in on leadoff man Jimmy Rollins ' drive on the first pitch of the game and retreated too late for a ball just over his glove that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.

Utley tripled just inside the first-base line three pitches later and Pence lined an RBI single on the next pitch.

NOTES: 2B Schumaker was taken out with a left hamstring cramp after a flyout in the fifth - the same at-bat the squirrel made its appearance. After disrupting play, the squirrel scampered through the stands. Schumaker is 5 for 8 in the series. ... Rollins doubled and had an infield hit his first two trips and has nine hits in the series. He has 14 multihit games in the playoffs, passing Howard for most in franchise history. ... The Cardinals became the second team to reach 100 postseason victories, trailing only the Yankees' 220.


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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Jon Jay #19 and Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate the Cardinals 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Closer Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: (R-L) Albert Pujols #5 hugs Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals after the Cardinals 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after the Cardinals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Yadier Molina #4. Jon Jay #19 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate the Cardinals 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals waits in the on-deck circle during Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Jon Jay #19 and the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 to win Game 4 of the National League Division Series on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: (R-L) Albert Pujols #5 hugs Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals after the Cardinals 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after striking out swinging against pitcher Marc Rzepczynski #34 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after striking out swinging against pitcher Marc Rzepczynski #34 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after striking out swinging against pitcher Marc Rzepczynski #34 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts in the eighth inning after Hunter Pence #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies grounds out in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts in the eighth inning after Hunter Pence #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies grounds out in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Michael Martinez #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted at the dugout after scoring a run off a wild pitch in the eighth inning against pitcher Fernando Salas #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Michael Martinez #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted at the dugout after scoring a run off a wild pitch in the eighth inning against pitcher Fernando Salas(notes) #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Octavio Dotel(notes) #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the sixth inning to Lance Berkman(notes) #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Lance Berkman(notes) #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat against Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Ryan Howard(notes) #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks down after lining out in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Lance Berkman(notes) #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat against Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Shane Victorino(notes) #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies leaps for the ball as it sails over the wall for a 2-run home run off the bat of David Freese(notes) #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the 6th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: David Freese(notes) #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning off pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: David Freese(notes) #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a 2-run home run during the 6th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: David Freese(notes) #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning off pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: David Freese(notes) #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with teammate Matt Holliday(notes) #7 after Freese hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning off pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Chase Utley(notes) #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies is tagged out at third by David Freese(notes) #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the 6th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez after a squirrel ran across home in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols(notes) #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after he is tagged out at third base by David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals after Utley is thrown out by Albert Pujols #5 of the Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies is tagged out at third base by David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals after Utley is thrown out by Albert Pujols #5 of the Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after allowing two-runs in the fourth inning while taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals slides home safely to score before catcher Carlos Ruiz(notes) #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies receives the ball on a double by David Freese(notes) #23 in the fourth inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks at his right arm with first base coach Dave McKay #39 after Holliday was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning by pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals heads back to the dugout after scoring on a double by David Freese(notes) #23 against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals slides into home plate to score during the 4th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals slides into home plate to score during the 4th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals slides home safely to score before catcher Carlos Ruiz(notes) #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies receives the ball on a double by David Freese(notes) #23 in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks at his right arm with first base coach Dave McKay #39 after Holliday was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning by pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols(notes) #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning against Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Rafael Furcal(notes) #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals fields the ball during Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols(notes) #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks down at his bat after striking out in the third inning against Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Albert Pujols(notes) #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning against Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Skip Schumaker(notes) #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws to the cutoff after fielding a hit during Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Jimmy Rollins(notes) #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies slides in to break up a double-play as Rafael Furcal(notes) #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals is unable to throw the ball to first on a ball hit by Chase Utley(notes) #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the third inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson(notes) #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Shane Victorino(notes) #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws the ball back to the infield on a ball hit by Lance Berkman(notes) #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals resulting in a RBI double in the first inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Shane Victorino(notes) #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies is unable to throw the ball back to the infield on a ball hit by Lance Berkman(notes) #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson(notes) #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Hunter Pence(notes) #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies smiles after being tagged out while stealing by Rafael Furcal(notes) #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Hunter Pence(notes) #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies tagged out while stealing by Rafael Furcal(notes) #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Hunter Pence(notes) #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies connects to drive in the first run during the 1st inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Matt Holliday(notes) #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts in the first inning while at bat against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Hunter Pence(notes) #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies is tagged out at second base by shortstop Rafael Furcal(notes) #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals on a steal attempt in the first inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies on the mound in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies on the mound in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Jimmy Rollins(notes) #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted by his teammates in the dugout after scoring on a Chase Utley(notes) #26 triple in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson(notes) #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson(notes) #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Centerfielder Jon Jay(notes) #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals is unable to catch a fly ball hit by Jimmy Rollins(notes) #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies resulting in a ground-rule double in the first inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson(notes) #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on before taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on before taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay, left, celebrates with teammates Nick Punto and Marc Rzepczynski (34) after Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies players watch from the dugout during the ninth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies players watch from the dugout during the ninth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Raul Ibanez walks back to the dugout after striking out during the ninth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols fields a ball hit for a single by Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley during the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte throws during the ninth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte, right, and catcher Yadier Molina celebrate after their 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay gestures after catching a fly ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Placido Polanco to end Game 4 of baseball's National League division series Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-3 to force a deciding fifth game in the series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot celebrates at the end of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-3 to even the series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese, left, and Yadier Molina celebrate after the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte celebrates after getting Philadelphia Phillies' Placido Polanco to fly out for the final out during Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sits on the ground after missing a foul ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (5) fields on-the-hop a single hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley (26) during the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (10) meets with shortstop Ryan Theriot (3) and catcher Yadier Molina (4) on the mound during a pitching change in the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski pumps his fist after striking out Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard to end the top of the eighth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Michael Martinez, right, scores on a wild pitch by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Fernando Salas, left, during the eighth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series onWednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard dives but cannot reach a foul ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. Holliday singled later in the at-bat. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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A squirrel runs past the leg of St. Louis Cardinals' Skip Schumaker while Schumaker bats during the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley (26) is tagged out at third by St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) as third base umpire Chris Guccione looks on during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese (23) celebrates as he heads to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals' fans celebrate after a two-run home run by David Freese during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese, right, is congratulated by teammate Matt Holliday after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese, left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, right, during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino climbs the wall after a two-run home run by St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino climbs the wall as he chases a two-run home run hit by St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley (26) tries to advance to third but does not beat the tag by St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, left, during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley (26) is forced out by St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese while trying to advance on a fielder's choice by Rafael Furcal during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, left, talks to home plate umpire Angel Hernandez during the fifth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence catches a long fly ball by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina during the fourth inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday is hit by a pitch during the fourth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. Holliday scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence leaps to catch a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina for an out during the fourth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese, right, hits a two-run double as Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz looks on during the fourth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday, left, scores on a two-run double by David Freese as Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt covers home during the fourth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino shields his eyes from the sun during the second inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley, left, celebrates with teammate Ryan Howard (6) after scoring on a single by Hunter Pence during the first inning in Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson rubs up a new baseball after giving up an RBI-triple to Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino bobbles the throw after fielding an RBI-double by St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. Berkman advanced to third on the throwing error by Victorino. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt throws during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence (3) is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal while trying to steal second during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley, right, scores on a single by Hunter Pence as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, looks on during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt throws during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson throws during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay cannot reach a ball hit for a double by Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Practice balls await warmups before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Fans reach to catch a ball during batting practice before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence hits an RBI-single during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies coaches stand for the National Anthem before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Bradley Ezell watches batting practice before the start of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals fans walk to their seats before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard warms up before the start of Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Blake Bixler, right, of Edmond, Okla., watches batting practice for Game 4 of baseball's National League division series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel speaks during a news conference before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson speaks during a news conference before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Skip Schumaker speaks during a news conference before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa speaks during a news conference before Game 4 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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I'm afraid LaRussa will be in his play for one run mode tomorrow. Lots of bunting...


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Everyone make the necessary preparations. Whatever superstitions you believe in or gods you pray to, do your part. It feels like a freeroll with all the pressure on the Phillies. Enjoy the ride.

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The first hour of work has moved incredibly fast considering. Really bummed I have to supervise kids at a football game tonight. Happily, we leave after halftime, so I should only miss pre-game and maybe the top of the first.

It's been fun, and hopefully will continue to be fun!


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