World Series: Phillies Take Early Lead
With a heap of thanks going to Chase Utley, Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge, the Phillies won Game 1 of the World Series last night, 3-2. Hamels was masterful, pitching seven strong innings and limiting the Rays to only five hits, striking out five in the process.
He might have gotten away with a balk as well, but alas, no call was made.
Utley started things off with a two-run homer in the first, giving the Phils the early advantage. Because of Hamels’ pitching, they only needed to add one more run to secure the win, which they did at the top of the fourth. One area of concern could be the lack of additional scoring by the Phils, who had 11 left on base, whereas the Rays only had three. Considering the fact the Phils won, I’m not sure how much will be made about their scoring woes; although, if they continue to leave men stranded, it will surely come back to haunt them.
Game 2 is tonight with James Shields going for the Rays and Brett Myers going for the Phillies.
Advantage Tampa Bay.