Joe Blanton worked eight scoreless innings, striking out ten, before K-Rod shut the door on Matty in game one. Cole Hamels pitched a beauty, until he ran out of gas in the eighth inning. After Hamels departure, Carlo's team rattled off two runs against veteran lefty Arthur Rhodes. Josh Willingham and and Carlos Gonzalez each drove in a run on back-to-back singles.
FINAL: Carlo 2, Matt 0
Martin Prado hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning to win game two. Prado, fresh off a multi-hit game one, reached base four times in game two and was, generally speaking, a pain in Matt's arse the whole series. Mark DeRosa launched a two-run homer in the third inning, allowing starter Dan Haren to cruise with a lead until Garrett Jones put one in the stands, tying the game in the ninth inning. K-Rod picked up the win, working the 10th and the 11th inning. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each hit solo homers for Matt.
FINAL: Carlo 4, Matt 3 (in 11 innings)
With his back against the wall, Matt and his team came out swinging in game three. After Matt Kemp singled, Prince Fielder bombed a two-run homer, giving Matt and starter Ted Lilly an early two-run lead. This lead would dissipate, however, as Josh Willingham hit a run-scoring double in the first and a two-run homer in the third inning. Carlos Gonzalez added a two-run triple in the 8th. Josh Johnson went eight strong innings, earning the win for Carlo. Princey was the MVP for Matt, collecting three hits in the loss.
FINAL: Carlo 6, Matt 3
CARLO SWEEPS MATT...MAKES PLAYOFFS FOR FIRST TIME IN TEAM'S HISTORY...