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Big Game James Shields lived up to his name, pitching 5.2 shutout innings in the Rays 4-2 victory in Game 2. Sheilds allowed seven hits, but mostly held the Phillies bats at bay. He also walked two and struck out four in the victory.
B.J. Upton woke up after a quiet Game 1 and a Ruthian ALCS, going 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. If the Rays want to win, they need Upton to stay hot. Teammate Evan Longoria is officially ice cold, after going 0-4 again. Longoria is now 0-8 in the series after crushing the Red Sox in the ALCS.
Brett Myers pitched well for the Phillies, but not well enough. He went seven innings with four runs allowed, and took the loss.
Game 3 is set for Saturday in Philadelphia, but the game may be postponed as the area is due for heavy rain. Some have suggested if the game is delayed, the team may go with Cole Hamels in Game 3 (instead of waiting until Game 4). Hamels is the team’s best pitcher, and it allows him to possible pitch in Game 7 if needed.