Game 1 Recap:
The wind was blowing like crazy, so homeruns in this media dubbed "bandbox" were not an issue. Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth each hit balls that would normally have been in the seats, but yesterday went for a rbi double and triple respectively. Overall, the Phils got their offense jump started in the 5th with a Raul Ibanez rbi double, and tacked on 4 more runs after that. Every batter in the lineup had a hit for the Phils, including pitcher Cliff Lee, who also swiped a bag. Lee's best work was on the mound though, where he went the distance allowing only 1 run and 6 hits over 9 frames. End game- good guys 5, bad guys 1, 1-0 series lead Phils.
Game 2 Preview:
It's hard to believe after 4 seasons in the majors that Cole Hamels has made only 1 disastrous regular seasons start against the Colorado Rockies, but that's case. Lifetime against Rox: 0-1, 3.2 ip, 17.18 ERA, and 3.27 WHIP. Last season's postseason hero struggled much of this season, and finished up with a losing record (10-11) and an ERA well above 4 (4.32). All of that is erased now that it's meaningful October baseball, and expecting a quality start from Cole this afternoon is safe. The Rockies counter with Aaron Cook. Lifetime against Phils: 1-5, 47.2 ip, 5.85 ERA, and 1.59 WHIP.
A 12 year old girl sued the Philadelphia Phillies and won...no doubt she had help from her legal team, unless she's some sorta mini-me version of Janet Reno. Jennifer Valdivia was one of the 17 fans in attendance during the game in which Ryan Howard hit his 200th career homerun against the Florida Marlins in Miami. She didn't necessarily seek the ball out upon its landing into the stands, rather she felt the ball was lonely because it sat there all alone. Naturally Howard wanted the ball because of its historic meaning (fastest player to 200 homeruns) and had it in his possession for a few months until recently when the court ordered the ball be return to the adolescent girl. Damn the legal system!