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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

World Series Game 1: Phillies 3, Rays 2

Top 1st: Jason Werth walks and Chase Utley belts one over the fence to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead. Scott Kazmir gets the next two batters out in order to retire the side, but the home run ball gives the Rays pitcher a bit more trouble.

Bottom 1st: There's nobody at first to throw the ball to when Ryan Howard fields Akanuri Iwamura's grounder, and Cole Hamels' hesitation costs the Phils an infield single. But B.J. Upton is slow out of the box, and he hits into a 4-6-3 double play that clears the bases. Hamels retires Carlos Pena innocuously on a 6-3 groundout, and that's the inning.

Top 2nd: Kazmir looks very wobbly this inning, giving up a leadoff single to Shane Victorino and walks to Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz to load the bases with one out. Jimmy Rollins then flies out to shallow center field, and the Flyin' Hawaiian isn't fast enough to evade a tag at the plate to end the inning. Still 2-0 Phillies.

Bottom 3rd: The Rays get their first big threat of the game when Ben Zobrist singles, Jason Bartlett walks, and Iwamura singles to load the bases with one out. Upton bounces into his second double play of the game, 5-4-3 to end the frame.

Top 4th: Kazmir gives up consecutive singles to Victorino and Feliz; this time Coste grounds out to first to move the runners over, and Carlos Ruiz cashes in Victorino with the corners in and the middle at normal depth on a 6-3 groundout. 3-0 Phillies. Rollins strikes out swinging (Kazmir's fourth of the game) to end the threat.

Bottom 4th: It's back to a two-run lead as Carl Crawford takes a hanging breaking pitch over the right field fence. 3-1 Phillies. Willy Aybar hits a routine fly to center to end it.

Bottom 5th: Cole Hamels walks Bartlett with two out and it comes back to haunt him; Bartlett steals second and Iwamura belts a double on a pitch Hamels left up to send him home, whittling it to 3-2 Phillies. Upton fouls out to end it, but Hamels' lead is very tenuous.

Bottom 6th: Carlos Pena reaches on a sloppy play by Howard, who is charged with an error, but immediately erases himself when Hamels picks him off trying to steal second. Hamels gets Longoria to strike out looking and Crawford to tap out to second to keep his one-run lead intact.

Bottom 9th: Brad Lidge retires the side in order to go 1-0 in the series. Neither team did especially well offensively, with Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Shane Victorino stranding a collective 13 baserunners, and the team stranding a total of 11 baserunners, while the Rays stranded only three. Cole Hamels pitched an outstanding game, but the Rays have nothing to be ashamed of.

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