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Mike Utley

Thanks to the bat of Chase Utley and the pitching of Cole Hamels, the Philadelphia Phillies have a 1-0 lead over the Dodgers in the NLCS. Is this a sign of things to come? One blog certainly hopes so.

That was an incredibly satisfying game. Watching Hamels and Lowe duel it out was a pleasure, but then watching the Phillies’ offense do what it does best — hit key home runs — in the sixth inning was even more so. The bullpen fell in line perfectly, making this an excellent start to the NLCS.

In this afternoon’s Game 2, the Dodgers send Chad Billingsley out against Brett Myers. Game time is 4:35/3:35 Central.