Phillies Win Game 1 Against the Rockies
Cliff Lee certainly did not pitch like the postseason rookie that he is. Lee pitched a 6-hitter against the Colorado Rockies, and the Phillies won the first game of the playoff series 5-1. Lee, who won the American League Cy Young Award last year, struck out 5 batters and didn’t walk anyone. At one point he retired 16 batters in a row.
Just 2 years ago, Cliff Lee reached the ALCS with the Cleveland Indians. He did not make the postseason roster because he had a very poor regular season and was actually demoted to the minors. But last year he went 22-3 and was traded to Philadelphia on July 29 when the Indians decided to cut costs. Turns out that the trade helped propel the Phillies into the playoffs and appears to have given them a dominating postseason starting pitcher as well.
Raul Ibanez , Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth all had RBIs.
Colorado pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who won 15 games during the regular season, didn’t look bad himself up through the 4th inning. He mixed in some off-speed pitches with his blazing fastball and kept the Phillies unbalanced the first time through the lineup. However, he was pulled with no one out on the 6th inning after giving up nine hits and 5 runs.
The Phillies are coming into this postseason with a great crowd behind them. They set a franchise attendance record this season, and 46,452 wild and crazy fans showed up for the first game of the playoffs. This was the largest crowd in the history of Citizens Bank Park.