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Game two leaves Phils hoping the starting rotation isn’t departing on them quite yet

Cause I really don’t know what Plan B is if the starting rotation isn’t going to be good. I have this sinking feeling it might involve Michael Martinez, though.

If game one looked bad early for the Phils and got better as it went along, game two was just the opposite. After three innings, the Phils had a 4-0 lead with Cliff Lee on the mound and Chris Carpenter on the ropes. After nine innings, the Phils had lost 5-4 and the series was tied up.

The Phils jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as five of their first six hitters for the game reached based. They extended the lead to 4-0 in the second when Rollins doubled with two outs and was knocked in by Pence. St Louis got back in the game with three runs charged to Lee on a leadoff walk and four hits in the fourth. The Cards tied things up at 4-4 in the top of the sixth when Ryan Theriot doubled off of Lee with two outs and came to score on a Jon Jay single. Allen Craig led off the seventh with a triple off the glove of Victorino and Pujols singled off of Lee right behind him to put St Louis up to stay at 5-4.

The St Louis bullpen was fantastic in the game. After allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings in the series opener, Cardinals relievers had to pitch six innings in relief of Carpenter in game two. They allowed one single and didn’t walk a batter in six shutout frames.

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals 5-4 last night. With the loss the best-of-five NLDS is tied up a one game apiece.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on 12 hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two triples. The five runs he allowed in last night’s start were more than he allowed in his ten starts in June and August combined. In June and August, Lee threw 81 2/3 innings and allowed three runs.

Over his last three post-season starts, Lee has a 7.13 ERA and a 1.64 ratio. He has been charged with 26 hits and three walks in 17 2/3 innings.

He faced a St Louis lineup that went (1) Rafael Furcal (SS/S) (2) Allen Craig (RF/R) (3) Albert Pujols (1B/R) (4) Lance Berkman (LF/S) (5) David Freese (3B/R) (6) Yadier Molina (C/R) (7) Ryan Theriot (2B/R) (8) Jon Jay (CF/L). That’s the same lineup the Cards used in game one with Theriot replacing the lefty Skip Schumaker at second with the lefty Lee pitching for the Phils.

St Louis had six hitters on the bench to start the game, righties Matt Holliday and Gerald Laird, lefties Adron Chambers, Skip Schumaker and Daniel Descalso and switch-hitter Nick Punto.

Furcal hit the first pitch of the game off the wall in right. The ball rolled away from Pence and Furcal was safe at third with a triple. Lee struck Craig out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Pujols swung at the first pitch and popped to Utley in shallow right-center for the second out with Furcal holding. Berkman got ahead in the count and smashed a 2-0 pitch down the third-base line, but Polanco back-handed and threw to first to get him for the third out.

No run for St Louis after the leadoff triple. No contact for Craig and Pujols pops up to Utley. Berkman smashed the ball.

Lee threw nine pitches in the first.

He started the second up 3-0. Freese doubled to right on his first pitch of the inning. Molina struck out looking 1-2 for the first out and Theriot out looking 0-2 (on the seventh pitch of his at-bat) for the second. Neither Molina or Theriot liked the calls, but they looked like good pitches to me. Jay went down on a ball handled by Lee for the third out to leave Freese stranded.

Second time in two innings that St Louis can’t score after an extra-base hit to start the inning.

Lee was at 23 pitches.

The Phils were up 4-0 when Lee started the third. Carpenter led off and flew to right on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Furcal hit a ball up the middle, but Utley made a nice play moving to his right and threw Furcal out on a close play at first for the second out. Lee walked Craig on a 3-2 pitch, but struck Pujols out waving at an 0-2 curve ball to leave Craig at first.

Odd deep count on Carpenter in the inning plus the walk of Craig, but Lee keeps St Louis off the board. You want to avoid walking guys ahead of Pujols.

Lee was at 43 pitches through three innings.

He got ahead of Berkman 0-2 to start the fourth, but couldn’t put him away as Berkman drew a walk. Lee struck Freese out looking at a 1-2 fastball for the first out. Molina hit a 3-2 pitch back up the middle, just missed by Lee and off the glove of a diving Rollins, putting men on first and second for Theriot. Theriot hit the first pitch from Lee the opposite way, past Howard and down the right field line for a double. Berkman scored to cut the lead to 4-1 with men on second and third. Jay hit a 1-0 pitch into right, scoring Molina (4-2). Pence came home with the throw, but Theriot held third. Jay took second as the throw came home, sliding in safely to second just ahead of the return throw from Ruiz. With one down and men on second and third, switch-hitter Nick Punto hit for Carpenter. Lee struck Punto out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Furcal singled into left on a 1-0 pitch. Theriot scored to make it 4-3. Jay tried to score from second, arriving at the plate at the same time as Ibanez’s lollipop throw from left. Jay buried Ruiz, but Ruiz held on to the ball for the third out.

Great play by Ruiz to hold onto the ball. Ibanez’s throw was accurate at least if not strong. Punto can’t put the ball in play with one out and men on second and third. Walking the leadoff guy often doesn’t work that well.

Lee’s pitch count was up to 70 after a 27-pitch inning.

Lee set the Cards down in order in the fifth, getting Craig and Pujols both looking 0-2 before Berkman popped to Rollins for the third out.

Twelve pitches in the inning put him at 82.

He got the first two hitters in the sixth, getting Freese swinging for the first out and Molina on a fly ball to left for the second. Theriot was next and doubled to left on a 1-0 pitch. Jay followed and singled into left on an 0-1 pitch. Theriot scored to tie the game at 4-4 with Jay taking second on the throw. Lefty Skip Schumaker hit for the pitcher Fernando Salas and reached on an infield single, moving Jay up to third. Furcal hit a 1-0 pitch to third with Polanco going to second to leave both runners stranded.

Nineteen more pitches in the game for Lee. He was at 101.

Craig led off the seventh and drove a ball to center the Victorino misplayed before it went off his glove for a leadoff triple. Pujols was next and he lined the first pitch he saw from Lee into left-center for a single. Craig scored and St Louis led 5-4. Berkman was next and he moved Pujols to third with a single. That was it for Lee. Lidge came on to pitch to Freese. Freese hit a ball that Lidge fielded. He threw home where Pujols was out for the first out with Freese taking second on the play and Berkman moving up to third. Lidge walked Molina intentionally to load the bases then got out of the jam by getting Theriot to ground into a double-play to set St Louis down.

Long run for Victorino, but the ball Craig hit would have been a nice one to have. Lidge does a great job, coming in with men on first and third and nobody out and keeping St Louis off the board.

Bastardo started the eighth and walked Jay on six pitches. Descalso, double-switched into the game in the bottom of the seventh, was next and bunted Jay to second with the first out. Bastardo struck Furcal out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Worley came in to pitch to the righty Craig and got him to fly to right 1-1 to leave Jay at second.

Glad to see Bastardo get the big strikeout on Furcal, but walking Jay on six pitches wasn’t a good way to start the inning.

Madson started the ninth. Pujols led off with a single to left. Berkman struck out swinging 3-2 as Pujols was hung up by Ruiz and eventually tagged out for the second. Madson struck out Chambers, double-switched into the game in the eighth, on a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Three shutout innings for the pen in relief of Lee in which they allowed a hit and two walks. Madson threw 15 pitches, Bastardo 12, Lidge six and Worley three.

Furcal is 3-for-8 with a triple so far in the series. Pujols 3-for-8 with three singles. Berkman 2-for-8 with a big homer in game one.

Jay and Molina are both 2-for-7 with two singles.

Freese and Craig have gone 2-for-14 with seven strikeouts.

Schumaker 3-for-5 with a double and Theriot 2-for-4 with two doubles.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Carpenter went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Utley (2B/L) (3) Pence (RF/R) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Victorino (CF/S) (6) Ibanez (LF/L) (7) Polanco (3B/R) (8) Ruiz (C/R). That’s the same lineup they used against righty Kyle Lohse in game one.

The Phils started the game with six players on their bench, righties John Mayberry, Wilson Valdez and Ben Francisco, lefties Brian Schneider and Ross Gload and switch-hitter Michael Martinez.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first and hit a 2-0 pitch off the top of the wall in right for a double. Utley and Pence both walked behind, loading the bases for Howard. Howard singled up the middle, scoring Rollins and Utley and moving Pence to third with the Phils up 2-0. Victorino swung at the first pitch from Carpenter and flew to center with Jay moving in. Pence held third. Ibanez was next and he lined a 1-1 pitch to left for a single, scoring Pence (3-0) and moving Howard up to second. Polanco got ahead in the count but grounded into a double-play on a 2-1 pitch to end the inning.

Again Howard and Ibanez deliver big hits to get the Phils on the board. Again Rollins starts the rally. Victorino can’t bring Pence in from third with the first out.

Carpenter threw 30 pitches in the inning.

Ruiz led off the bottom of the second and grounded to short on a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Lee was next and struck out trying to check his swing 2-2. Rollins was next and he smashed a 3-1 pitch even higher off the wall in right (more right-center this time) for another double. Rollins was running as Carpenter delivered a 3-2 pitch to Utley way out of the zone. Utley had another walk and the Phils had men on first and third. Pence got behind in the count but singled hard to right 0-2. Rollins scored from third to make it 4-0 with Utley moving up to second. Howard hit a 2-0 pitch well to left, but Berkman took it on the track to leave both runners stranded.

Two long doubles for Rollins in two innings. The one in the second was hit the bigger part of the field and very nearly a home run. Not sure that Rollins would have scored from second on the single by Pence. No chance without two outs, but he might have tried with two.

Another long inning for Carpenter, who had thrown 56 through two innings.

Victorino grounded to first to start the third. Ibanez grounded hard to second on a 2-0 pitch for the second out. Polanco struck out swinging 0-2 for the third out.

Polanco 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a grounded into a double-play in the first three innings of the game after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in game one. He went 6-for-33 in the post-season in 2010. In his most recent playoff action prior to 2010, Polanco had gone 0-for-17 for Detroit in the 2006 World Series against St Louis.

Carpenter was at 64 pitches for the game.

Righty Fernando Salas started the fourth for St Louis with the lead cut to 4-3. He set the Phils down in order on three ground balls, getting Ruiz, Lee and Rollins.

He was back for the fifth and threw another 1-2-3 frame, striking out Utley and Pence and getting Howard on a fly ball to center.

Utley struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch they looked like it was outside by a non-trivial amount.

Two huge shutdown innings for Salas after Carpenter leads in which the Cards get back into the game.

Righty Octavio Dotel started the sixth for St Louis with the score tied at 4-4. He was pitching for the second time in the series after two-thirds of an inning and seven pitches in game one. Victorino lined to center for the first out. Ibanez struck out swinging 1-2 for the second. Polanco flew to center for the third.

The Phils were down 5-4 when Dotel started the seventh and struck Ruiz out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Gload hit for Lidge. Lefty Marc Rzepczynski came in to pitch to Gload. Francisco hit for Gload against the lefty and flew to center for the second out. Rollins was next and he singled to left on a 1-0 pitch, but Rzepczynski picked him off of first with Pujols throwing down to second where Rollins was tagged out to end the inning.

Dotel has struck out four in two scoreless innings in the first two games of the series.

Rzepczynski was back to start the eighth and hit Utley with a 1-1 pitch. Boggs came in to face Pence, having thrown 36 pitches in game one, and Pence grounded to short with Utley forced at second for the first out. Lefty Arthur Rhodes came in and struck Howard out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Righty Jason Motte made his first appearance of the series, getting Victorino to fly to center 0-2 to leave Pence at first.

Motte was back for the ninth. He struck Ibanez out swinging 0-2 for the first out. Polanco flew to right for the second. Ruiz swung at the first pitch of his at-bat and grounded to second to end the game.

Six shutout innings from the St Louis bullpen in the game in which they allowed one hit, the single by Rollins against Rzepczynski, and struck out six. Motte, Dotel and Salas all had great days for St Louis.

Rollins was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a stolen base and a caught stealing. He’s 5-for-8 so far in the series.

Utley was 0-for-1 with two walks and was hit by a pitch. 3-for-6 with two walks and two doubles so far.

Pence 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-8 in the first two games.

Howard 1-for-4 with two RBI. 2-for-7 with a home run and six RBI in the series.

Victorino 0-for-4 and left three men on base. 3-for-8 with two RBI.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts. 3-for-8 with a home run and four RBI in the series.

Polanco 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in the series. He hit 243/304/287 in his last 409 plate appearances in the regular season.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-8 with two strikeouts so far.

Game three is tomorrow in St Louis.


Better late than ever

The Phils jumped out to a one game to none lead in their series with the Cardinals tonight, getting a strong outing from Halladay after a worrisome start and mounting an offensive explosion late that saw them plate ten runs in their last three times at bat.

Halladay gave up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in the top of the first, putting the Phils in an early 3-0 hole. The Phils look stumped by St Louis starter Kyle Lohse until the fourth when a David Freese error on a foul ball extended Victorino’s at-bat long enough for Victorino to knock in Utley and cut the lead to 3-1. The Phils knocked Lohse out of the game in a five-run sixth that featured a three-run shot by Howard and a two-run homer by Ibanez and put the Phils up 6-3. The Phillies thumped the St Louis pen in the seventh and the eighth, scoring five more runs charged to Marc Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs as they extended the lead to 11-3. Stutes didn’t have much luck when he took over for Halladay in the ninth, getting just one out before Madson came on to bail him out and hold the Cards to three runs in the inning.

The Phils lead their best-of-five NLDS with the Cardinals one game to none after winning 11-6 tonight.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer by Lance Berkman. He struck out eight. After allowing a leadoff single to start the second, Halladay retired 20 hitters in a row.

He faced a St Louis lineup that went (1) Rafael Furcal (SS/S) (2) Allen Craig (RF/R) (3) Albert Pujols (1B/R) (4) Lance Berkman (LF/S) (5) David Freese (3B/R) (6) Yadier Molina (C/R) (7) Skip Schumaker (2B/L) (8) Jon Jay (CF/L). Furcal starts at short with questions coming into the game about his hamstring. Holliday on the bench with his finger and Allen Craig in the lineup in right.

St Louis had six hitters on the bench to start the game, righties Holliday, Gerald Laird and Ryan Theriot, lefties Adron Chambers and Daniel Descalso and switch-hitter Nick Punto. Punto hit about the same against lefties and righties in 2011. He’s been a little better against righties in his career.

Furcal was the first hitter of the game. He took strike one before singling into right. As the count went 1-1 on Craig, Furcal stole second. Ruiz’s throw bounced into second, Utley didn’t handle it cleanly and Furcal would have been safe if he had. Halladay struck Craig out swinging 2-2 for the first out. Pujols was next and Halladay walked him on four pitches, putting men on first and second. Berkman hammered the first pitch he saw out to right, putting St Louis up 3-0. Halladay got Freese looking 2-2 for the second out. Molina grounded to third on a 1-0 pitch to set the Cards down.

Berkman doesn’t watch a pitch after Pujols takes four straight balls. Guess Furcal’s hamstring is okay.

The last time anyone besides Lance Berkman has homered off of Roy Halladay is July 18 (Aramis Ramirez). At least in a game that counted. Maybe someone did in batting practice or whiffle ball or something. Over his last 94 1/3 innings he has given up two home runs and both have been hit by Berkman.

Schumaker led off the second and singled to right on an 0-1 pitch. Jay was next and he hit a ball hard to first, but Howard made a nice diving play and tossed to Halladay covering for the first out with Schumaker taking second. Halladay struck Lohse out swinging 0-2 for the second out and got Furcal to ground to second to leave Schumaker stranded.

Lohse doesn’t bunt Schumaker to third with the second out, which would have been a bad idea.

Halladay had thrown 29 pitches through two innings.

He set St Louis down in order in the third. Craig grounded to short for the first out. Pujols hit a pair of balls hard but foul down the third base line before grounding to Polanco for the second out. Berkman again swung at the first pitch and this time popped to Polanco in foul territory to end the frame.

Berkman swinging first pitch for the second time in two at-bats. Nine pitch inning for Halladay, who was at 38 for the game.

Freese led off the fourth and grounded to second 1-2. Halladay struck Molina out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Schumaker popped to third 0-2 to set St Louis down.

Nine in a row for Halladay. He was at 49 pitches for the game.

It was 3-1 when Halladay set St Louis down in order in the fifth. Jay struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Lohse grounded to short for the second. Furcal bunted back to the mound and was thrown out by Halladay for the third.

Twelve in a row for Halladay. Sixty pitches in the game.

The Cards went in order in the sixth, too. Craig struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Pujols hit a ground ball back up the middle that Rollins handled for the second. Berkman struck out swinging 1-2 for the third.

Fifteen in a row and 74 pitches.

The Phils led 6-3 when Halladay started the seventh. Freese grounded to third on a 1-1 pitch for the first out. Molina was next with a 10-pitch at-bat that ended with a ball hit hard to Rollins. Rollins got in front of it, though, and threw Molina out for the second out. Schumaker hit the ball pretty well, too, but Howard took it at first and beat Schumaker to the bag for the third out.

Halladay was at 89 pitches and had retired 18 in a row.

The Phils were up 9-3 when Halladay started the eighth. Jay led off and chopped a ball to first. Howard handled it and tossed to Halladay covering. Daniel Descalso, who had entered with Marc Rzepczynski in the bottom of the seventh, was next and Halladay struck him out swinging for the second out. Furcal lined to left on a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Twenty-one in a row. Halladay was at 105 pitches.

Stutes started the ninth for the Phils with an 11-3 lead. He got ahead of Craig 0-2, but walked him. Pujols was next and singled into center, moving Craig to second. With the count 1-0 on Berkman, Laird ran for Pujols at first. Berkman hit a 2-2 pitch to second that might have been a double-play, but Utley’s toss to Rollins at second wasn’t great and the Phils only got one. It left St Louis with men on first and third with one down and the lefty Chambers hit for pitcher Arthur Rhodes. Chambers ripped a 1-1 pitch into right for a single. Craig scored (11-4) and Berkman moved up to second. Molina followed with a single to left that loaded the bases. That was it for Stutes and Madson came on to pitch to Schumaker. Schumaker hit the first pitch from Madson to left and off the glove of a diving Mayberry for a double that scored Berkman and Chambers. 11-6 with one down and men on second and third. Jay was next and Madson struck him out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Holliday hit for Descalso and Madson struck him out swinging 0-2 to end the game.

Stutes faced five batters in the game, allowing three singles and a walk. He got one out and was charged with three runs. He threw 20 pitches in the game. Madson threw eight.

The Phillies lineup against righty Kyle Lohse went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Utley (2B/L) (3) Pence (RF/R) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Victorino (CF/S) (6) Ibanez (LF/L) (7) Polanco (3B/R) (8) Ruiz (C/R). Utley hits second instead of third with Polanco hitting third instead of fifth. Victorino out of the two-hole and hitting fifth.

The Phils started the game with six players on their bench, righties John Mayberry, Wilson Valdez and Ben Francisco, lefties Brian Schneider and Ross Gload and switch-hitter Michael Martinez. Martinez was an atrocious hitter against both righties and lefties, but more atrocious against lefties. 179/189/196 for the year against lefties.

The Phils were down 3-0 when they hit in the first. Rollins broke his bat grounding to first on a 1-0 pitch for the first out. Utley hit an 0-1 pitch back to the mound. Lohse knocked it down, picked it up and threw Utley out at first for the second out. Pence grounded to second on a 1-0 pitch for the third out.

First career post-season at-bat for Pence. Lohse threw six pitches in the inning.

Howard lined Lohse’s first pitch of the bottom of the second to left for the first out. Victorino popped to Pujols near the mound for the second out. Ibanez squirted a ball towards third. Freese charged, fielded and made an off-balance throw to first that Pujols handled to end the inning.

Howard hit the ball well, just right at Berkman. Twelve pitches for Lohse through two.

Polanco led off the third and fouled out to Pujols on a running basket catch for the first out. Ruiz hit the ball pretty well, but flew to Jay in center on an 0-1 pitch for the second out. Halladay lined a 1-2 pitch to right, but Craig handled it for the third out.

Lohse was at 19.

Rollins led off the bottom of the fourth and struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Utley was next and hit a 1-0 pitch high off the wall in right for a double. Pence struck out swinging at a 1-2 pitch that was way outside for the second out before Howard walked on four pitches, putting men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino lofted a 1-2 pitch high down the third base line. Freese tried to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch and dropped the ball for an error. Victorino singled into left with Utley scoring to cut the lead to 3-1 with two down and men on first and second. Ibanez swung at the first pitch and flew to Craig in shallow right center to leave the runners stranded.

Pence looked bad striking out at a bad 1-2 pitch. Big hit for Victorino hitting behind Howard early in the series. Lohse didn’t seem real concerned about walking Howard on four pitches with Victorino behind him. Error by Freese gives Victorino another chance — it looked like Freese had time to get into better position to try to catch the ball.

Lohse was at 45 pitches.

Polanco struck out looking 1-2 for the first out in the fifth. Ruiz again hit the ball hard, but this time off the right foot of Lohse. Lohse threw him out for the second out. Halladay grounded to third for the third out.

Second time in two chances that Ruiz hit the ball hard without a hit. Lohse was at 54 pitches.

Things got a lot better for the Phils in the sixth. Rollins led off and singled to center. Utley was next and struck out for the first out, fooled on a 1-2 changeup out of the zone. Pence singled into center on the first pitch of his at-bat, moving Rollins to second. It brought Howard to the plate with men on first and second. He fouled off two 3-2 pitches and then crushed a ball way out to right for a three-run homer that put the Phils up 4-3. Victorino ripped a 1-0 pitch down the first base line, out but just foul, before he singled into center on a 2-2 pitch. It brought Ibanez to the plate and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to right for another homer and the Phils led 6-3. That was it for Lohse. Righty Octavio Dotel came in and struck Polanco and Ruiz both out swinging to end the inning.

Rollins starts the rally for the Phils with a single. Howard watched his home run in a way that might not appeal to those who aren’t fans of the Phillies. Howard, Victorino and Ibanez came close to going back-to-back-to-back with Victorino’s ball going foul just by a few feet.

Halladay hit for himself to start the seventh against lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Halladay had thrown 89 pitches in the game. He hit a ball back up the middle that went off of the pitcher’s glove for an infield single. Rollins was next and he singled to right, moving Halladay up to second. Utley showed bunt against the lefty, taking ball one and then strike one. He didn’t try to bunt at the 1-1 pitch, which was a ball, then fouled off the next offering to make it 2-2. Utley hit the 2-2 pitch into center for a single that loaded the bases. Righty Mitchell Boggs came in to pitch to Pence. Pence swung at the first pitch from Boggs and dribbled a ball out near the mound. Boggs picked it up and threw home to force Halladay for the first out. The righty Boggs stayed in the game to pitch to Howard and got ahead of him 0-2. Howard hit a 1-2 pitch hard to right. Craig took it for the second out with Rollins tagging and scoring from third to put the Phils up 7-3 with men on first and second. Victorino lined an 0-2 pitch from Boggs to right and Utley raced around third to slide in safe just ahead of the throw from Craig. 8-3 with men on first and second for Ibanez. Ibanez singled into right as well, with Pence scoring well ahead of the throw from Craig this time. 9-3 with men on first and third. Mayberry ran for Ibanez at first. Boggs got Polanco on a fly ball to right to end the inning.

Not a fan of trying to bunt with Utley if that’s what he really wanted to do. Howard gets to hit against the righty Boggs with a chance to blow the game open and has to settle for a sac fly. The other lefty in the pen for St Louis (Arthur Rhodes) stays in the pen. Victorino and Ibanez come through with back-to-back singles after Howard.

Boggs was back to start the eighth and got Ruiz on a ground ball to short to start the eighth. Halladay hit for himself again, this time with a six-run lead and having thrown 105 pitches in the game, and struck out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Rollins walked on a 3-2 pitch that was inside. Boggs again stayed in to face a lefty and Utley smoked a ball off the wall in right for a double, sending Rollins to third. Pence took strike one from Boggs, then roped a single into center that scored both Rollins and Utley and put the Phils up 11-3. Rhodes finally came into the game to face Howard with two down and Pence on first. Howard went down on a ground ball to Schumaker to end the inning.

St Louis sure stuck with Boggs for a while. He allowed four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings and threw 36 pitches in the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and two singles in the game.

Utley was 3-for-5 with two doubles off the wall in right.

Pence 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run homer and four RBI.

Victorino 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI.

Polanco 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

Ruiz hit the ball hard twice, but was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game.

Cliff Lee will face righty Chris Carpenter in game two.

Lee went 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 ratio during the regular season. He was third in the league in ERA and third in ratio. Second in strikeouts and fourth in fewest walks per nine innings.

Lee didn’t allow more than two earned runs in a start after July. In his last ten starts on the year he threw to an 0.93 ERA with an 0.84 ratio and struck out 79 in 77 2/3 innings.

He had a 1.94 ERA and an 0.98 ratio in his 18 starts at home in 2011.

Lefties hit .196 against him. He walked four of the 212 left-handed batters he faced in ’11.

Carpenter went 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.26 ratio for St Louis in 34 starts this season. Carpenter led the NL in innings pitched and was in the top ten (seventh) in fewest home runs per nine innings. He allowed 16 in 237 1/3 innings for the year.

Carpenter allowed more than one run in just one of his last five starts to end the regular season. He threw to a 1.13 ERA over 40 innings in those appearances.


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