photo: Reuters/Danny Moloshok
The Phillies behind Cole Hamels have stumbled this year when it came to giving Cole run support early in games. The same held true last night. The Dodgers had a slim 1-0 lead through half of the game until the Phils opened up their offensive juggernaut on the Dodger blue.
The Phils had a clutch homerun hit by Carlos Ruiz, it was a three run shot into the night of LA and that gave the Phils a 3-1 lead in the top of the 5th inning. Up to that point, the Phillies were struggling on offense. Ruiz had showed this moxie before in the postseason. Ryan Howard later doubled and scored two runners to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. Howard has been showing incredible poise out there at the plate this postseason. He looks as if he is a player destined to be in the Hall of Fame at this point, like he is commanding his future in this game.
The Dodgers would not go down quietly at home, in the bottom of the fifth, Manny hit a long ball and took the Dodgers to 5-4. And despite the Dodgers getting 14 hits on the night, they couldn’t win this game as later in the game Raul Ibanez would hit his own 3 run homerun and the Phillies took this game 8-6.
Chan Ho Park appeared for the Phils to pitch against his old team. He did quite well. Cole Hamels did really well through most of the game, of course the Manny homerun drew the game closer for the Dodgers, but if the Phillies had turned a double play just the batter before Manny, they would have been out of the inning. Once again Charlie Manuel doesn’t insert any of his managerial powers in a game. He almost never walks someone intentionally. He did walk former Phillie Jim Thome tonight though if not intentionally, he wasn’t going to let Thome get the Dodgers any closer.
Brad Lidge went out there and notched a save for the team as he looks as if the incredibly bad regular season is all behind him now, and it’s all steam ahead for him in the playoffs.
It’s Game Two at 4:07 PM EST this afternoon, can the Phillies go up 2-0 in this series?