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Howard may have torn Achilles

Phils slugger Ryan Howard is helped off the field after injuring his left Achilles on the final at-bat of the 2011 season. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

In mere seconds, a lot went completely wrong for Ryan Howard.

His ground ball ended the Phillies season in a completely painful way, and more than just heart break. Howard stumbled out of the box after his grounder to Cards second baseman Nick Punto and fell halfway down the baseline in pain.

It’s his left Achilles. And in Howard’s mind, it may have been torn on the play. He will know for sure tomorrow when he gets an MRI on the heel.

“I was trying to run and I just felt this pop,” Howard said. “The whole thing went numb, like it was on fire.”

As many know, Howard had been playing the better part of the second half of the season with bursitis in his foot. Bothering the Big Piece all season, he could barely run the bases. His over-exertion on the final at-bat may have been what caused the injury.

A torn Achilles can be very serious. If it is in fact that, Howard will require surgery and could be shelved for nearly a year.

Imagine a season without Ryan Howard and the complaints will finally subside.

Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

Phils slugger Ryan Howard writhes in pain after injurying his foot on the last out of the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the second straight season, the Phillies season came down to Ryan Howard and, for the second straight season, Howard was retired for the final out of the Phillies season.

A season, which was record setting, and just flat out thrilling to watch, ended in a flash at the hands of Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals as the Phillies fell 1-0 at Citizens Bank Park.

Here’s how it went down:

The crowd came out in drones and the Phillies looked to make it back to their 4th straight National League Championship series. Roy Halladay was on the mound opposing Carpenter in the biggest game of the season for both teams.

As has been well noted, Halladay struggles in the first inning of starts and Rafael Furcal took note of that fact and led off the game with a triple. Skip Schumaker followed with an RBI double and the Cardinals were in business early with a 1-0 lead. Doc settled down and wiggled his way out of trouble thanks to a heads-up play from Chase Utley and the Phillies kept the damage to a minimum.

Unfortunately, that was all Carpenter would need. He set the Phillies down in order during 3 of the first 5 innings. The Phillies threatened in the 2nd with a 1-out double from Shane Victorino and then again in the 4th before Raul Ibanez flew out to the warning track with runners on the corners. From the 6th inning on, the Phillies only managed two base runners; an Utley single and pinch hitter Ross Gload reaching on a strikeout with a wild pitch.

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Philly: “I Think You Can”

Visit Philly, known for their amazing billboards plastered all around the cit of Philadelphia as well as their pictures posted on their site and Twitter, hit another home run.

Just like the rest of the fans, Visit Philly summed up in four words what the rest of us are thinking…

Game 5 Mayhem

The Texas Rangers, fresh off an elimination of the Rays, can sit at home while six teams fight to move onto the League Championship Series.

The Yanks forced a fifth game on Tuesday while the Cardinals and Diamondbacks, with their backs seemingly on the ropes, punched back at the Phillies and Brewers respectively. The NLDS Game 5′s will be tomorrow.

So, who will move on and who will go home? Detroit’s Doug Fister and Yankee rookie Ivan Nova have the weight of their seasons lying firmly on their shoulders. Tonight, those two will duel at 8:07 ET.

For the Diamondbacks, their ace Ian Kennedy will face Brewers #2 Yovani Gollardo at 5:07 ET. Kennedy was lit up in his Game 1 start and Gollardo cruised to a Game 2 win. Arizona won both Games 3 and 4 at home, forcing the series to return to Milwaukee.

The Phils and Cards traded blows. Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter will match up once again. If you remember, Halladay gave up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in Game 1 before settling down. Carpenter proceeded to implode in the 4th inning and his night ended drastically.

Tune in to TBS (shameless plug for an awful sports broadcasting station) for the games

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