That’s Why They Play the Games

3 Oct

If someone had told you that the Phillies would have a 4-0 lead in Game 2, playing in front of their home fans with  Cliff Lee on the hill, you would have been ready to put this one in the win column for the Fightins.  Who would have thought that Lee would give up a career high 12 hits and five runs in six-plus innings?

That’s why they play the games.

If someone had told you that the Phillies would rout Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter for four runs in the first two innings and he would leave the game after only three, leaving the Phillies to face a Cardinals bullpen that has blown 26 saves this year, you would have thought that the Phillies couldn’t have written a better script.

But that’s why they play the games. 

After jumping on Carpenter for five hits in the first two innings it looked like the Phillies‘  bats were picking up where they left off on the way to a second straight win and a dominant series lead.  But while the Cardinals mounted a comeback against the normally solid Lee, the Phillies were held to only one hit for the rest of the game by a Cardinals’ bullpen considered by many to be their biggest weakness.

That’s why they play the games.  

And it doesn’t get much easier for the Phils.  They will now head to St. Louis , tied 1-1, where a short series gets even shorter.  It is now the best of three with the Cardinals holding the edge playing two of those games in front of their home fans.  In game three the Phillies will have to face tough lefty Jaime Garcia who has held the Phils to just two runs (one earned) in 15 innings this season.  But Cliff Lee was 7-1 with a 0.93 in his last ten starts before yesterday’s untimely defeat.

 That’s why they play the games.

If you’re looking for some good news on this Monday morning, here’s a little.  The Phillies have been in this situation before.  In the 2009 NLDS, they won Game 1 at home but lost the second to the Colorado Rockies, then won both games in Colorado to win the series.  The same happened with the Dodgers that year when the Phils won Game 1 of the NLCS at home, lost game two, then won three straight on the road to advance to the World Series.

So now we wait, nerves on edge, for Game 3,  Tuesday in St. Louis at 5:00.  I told you this wouldn’t be easy.

Yes, that’s why they play the games. 

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2 Responses to “That’s Why They Play the Games”

  1. geetie cohen October 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I’d like to say that your rational, calm, reasoned post made me feel better. I’d like to say that, but my mother told me to be truthful. I’d like a Mulligan on yesterday’s game.Since that is not to be I’ll be ready for tomorrow positive and enthusiastic!!!!

    • girlsbestphriend October 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      I hear you. I was really talking to myself! Look at the bright side. A least you’re not an Eagles fan.

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