Oh man. The Phillies made their appearance in the Fall Classic for the first time since 1993 and they did it in a big way.
Following a Jimmy Rollins fly out to begin the game, Jayson Werth walked to bring Chase Utley to the plate. The Phillies All-Star second baseman hammered a 2-2 pitch into the right field seats to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
They'd keep the pressure on in the second inning loading the bases before a Jimmy Rollins flyout turned into an inning-ending double play when B.J. Upton threw out Shane Victorino at home plate. Unfortunately for Tampa Upton would give it back as the Rays loaded the bases in the bottom of the third with one out, Cole Hamels induced a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
The Phillies took that momentum into the fourth as Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice groundout scored Shane Victorino to make it 3-0. Tampa responded in the bottom half of the inning when Carl Crawford went deep to cut the lead to 3-1. Akinori Iwamura cut the lead again in the bottom of the fifth inning with his two-out double to left field that scored shortstop Jason Bartlett.
Rays first baseman Carlos Pena reached on an error by first baseman Ryan Howard to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Evan Longoria stepped to the plate representing the go-ahead run but Pena was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Hamels ended up striking out Longoria and getting Crawford to ground out to end the threat.
It would remain scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when Brad Lidge entered the game to try and get the save for the Phillies. It would not be easy as the Rays had their 3-4-5 hitters coming to the plate but Lidge was not phased. He got Carlos Pena to strikeout swinging then struck out Evan Longoria for the second out. With two outs, Carl Crawford popped up to foul territory to end the game and put the Phillies up 1-0 in the series.
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