But when it counted in the playoffs, it was Phillies' pitching that carried the day. For 14 post-season games, in an era of inflated earned run averages, the Phils had a combined ERA of 3.08. Were it not for one rocky outing by starter Jamie Moyer in the NLCS, it would have been well under 3.00. The Phils' ace and Series MVP, Cole Hamels, averaged seven innings in five post-season starts and never allowed more than two runs in any outing. The closer, Brad Lidge, was perfect in save attempts – as he had been all season – and preserved seven of the Phils' 11 wins giving up just one run in the post-season and striking out nearly half the batters he faced.