When the starting pitchers were announced for Game 1, it came as a surprise to many that Cliff Lee was taking the mound for the Phillies over last year’s NLCS and WS MVP Cole Hamels. Hamels only went 4-0 in the postseason last year, winning all three Game 1s he pitched, while Lee had never made a start in the postseason prior to today.
Well, Cliff Lee went out and showed all of us why Charlie Manuel is the manager and the rest of us pretend to know more about baseball than him.
In front of 46,452, the largest crowd ever at Citizens Bank Park, Lee went 9 innings while only giving up one run in the bottom of the 9th. He was also a beast offensively, going 1-2 with a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt thrown in there for good measure.
The Phillies’ offense even decided to show up today, as all of the starters had at least one hit. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz all had RBIs. Werth missed a 2 run HR by inches and probably should have had an inside the park HR had he not stood at the plate and watched.
Getting the first win of the series is obviously huge. The Phillies won all three Game 1s last season and got off to a good start in winning this one.
As Jimmy Rollins noted, this is only one win. There are still 10 left to go.