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Thursday, October 23, 2008

World Series Game 2: Rays 4, Phillies 2

Bottom 1st: After James Shields retires the Phillies in order in the top of the frame, Akinuri Iwamura gets a leadoff walk on five pitches. B.J. Upton gets a line drive single that Jayson Werth mishandles in right, and that error advances both baserunners to second and third with nobody out. A pair of consecutive groundouts makes it 2-0 Rays.

Bottom 2nd: The Rays pick up another run after Dioner Navarro singles and B.J. Upton eventually drives him home, but ends the inning as Upton tries to stretch his single into a double. 3-0 Rays.

Top 3rd: Just as they did yesterday, the Phils keep mounting threats and squandering them. With men on the corners and two out, Greg Dobbs struck out and Pedro Feliz grounds out to end the inning. The Phillies have stranded five baserunners, three in scoring position, and it's only the third.

Bottom 3rd: The Rays get men on the corners with one out, as Jason Bartlett bunts home Cliff Floyd on a safety squeeze. 4-0 Rays, and Myers is just struggling.

Top 5th: Unreal. The Phils get men on first and second with one out, and Chase Utley hits into a 9-3 double play to end the inning, as Jayson Werth is doubled up at first. Man, I'm glad I'm not a Phan. I'd be throwing things.

Top 6th: The Phils have another threat with men on the corners and one out, as Greg Dobbs hit a little bloop reach. That chased Shields, and Pedro Feliz will face Dan Wheeler. Like clockwork, Feliz grounds into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

Top 7th: Lather, rinse, repeat: The Phils get a pair on first and second with two out on walks to Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley, but Ryan Howard struck out against David Price to end the frame. The Phillies' radio announcers are starting to go to sleep.

Top 8th: The Rays finally get on the board with, of all things, a pinch-hit, two-out home run by Eric Bruntlett, who had two all year. He got it against David Price, substituting for Greg Dobbs.

Top 9th: For the seventh time this game, the Phillies get the leadoff man on, this time on a double down the left field line by Carlos Ruiz. Jimmy Rollins is almost hit by a pitch, and the video replay shows he was on a uniform brush. Instead, he pops out on a running catch to Bartlett at short. One out.

Jayson Werth whistles one off Evan Longoria's glove, for which Longoria is charged an error. Ruiz scores, and Werth reaches on the error. 4-2 Phillies. Chase Utley strikes out swinging on three pitches, and there's two out.

That brings up Ryan Howard, who has yet to homer in the postseason and has been miserable against lefties in the regular season. He taps out to second to end the inning, and the Rays even the series at 1-1.

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