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Phillies Fans Shocked By Heartbreaking Loss

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A crushing defeat has ended the Phillies season, well short of the World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals outalsted the Phils 1-0 in last night’s winner-take-all contest.

The entire Phillies season came down to one game Friday night. Win, and they would have advanced to the league championship series on Sunday. Lose, and their season is over.

Before the game, fans at Citizens Bank Park were edgy, but confident at the same time.

If you had to pick anyone on the planet as your starting pitcher for a must-win game like this one — most Phillies fans say they’d start the guy they have, Roy Halladay.

With the Cardinals sending their ace to the mound, Phillies fan Kevin Ryan of Levittown predicted a true pitchers duel, where a break either way could decide the series.

“Anything can happen in Game Five or a Game Seven. Carpenter’s their best pitcher too, and Carpenter’s one of the best in the game. He had a bad game 2. He’s a very good pitcher, so he’s going to come out lights out tonight too.”

For the Phillies, Red October lasted only one week. The Cardinals made a first-inning run stand up, in what for Phillies fans was an exasperating 1-0 loss. The Phils’ bats fell silent again, and with all of the high expectations of this season, fans are left searching for answers.

“It’s absolutely frustrating. They didn’t even look like the same team…”

So it was the Cardinals celebrating on the Phillies home field, while the Phils and their fans will spend the long offseason wondering what could –or should have been.

With the Phillies loss, most people will end up calling it a profound disappointment for the Phillies season that started with such lofty expectations.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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  • Same ending

    Ryan Howard. One name that symbolizes ineptness in sports. forget about the reg season. The Phillies have enough pitcthing to make it to the playoffs. They don’t need Howard to hit useless homers during the reg season. They just need hittters who hit one out of four times rather than one out of 10. Howard is lost at the plate. And against good pitchers in the reg season how many of those hits are homers.

    overpaid, overvalued,

  • William Stosch III

    102 games won, franchise records broken and eliminated in the NLDS. This is as bad as it gets.

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  • Johan

    It is 1977 or 1978 or 1979 all over again.

  • Wayne

    The entire in-field and Ibanez is expendable!!!!!

  • John R.

    We can alleviate some of those big contracts by letting Jimmy “I Take My Summers Off” Rollins. Guy produces maybe two months out of the season.

  • dukaramb

    to have your ace just give up one run and not give him any run support… it’s just pathetic! Ryan Howard… the most over-rated player and he’s making 25 million a year.

    • distantphilsphan

      no that honor goes to the most overrated player A Fraud at 32 million. same post season failure A Fraud hit 111

  • Alan

    Bring on your other 1-3 dream team. Couldn’t happen to a nicer city.

  • distantphilsphan

    This team just doesnt score enough runs. in post season its timely hits good pitching and tight defense didnt see much of any after game 1. I put a lot of blame on Cliff Lee ,blowing game 2 with4 run lead. Lot of blame on Ryan. Game 2 haunts me. Cliff Lee Cliff Lee Cliff Lee .what happened to his clutchness ?????

  • sammysamples

    Philadelphia, the city of ridiculous contracts. Ryan Howard, Arlene Ackerman, Michael Vick.

  • TC


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