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Cole Hamels did what most Red Sox starters could not do: quiet the Rays bats. Hamels allowed two runs on hits in seven strong innings of the Phillies’ 3-2 Game 1 victory at Tropicana Field. Closer Brad Lidge slammed the door shut after a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.
B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria (players who killed the Red Sox in the ALCS) went a combined 0-8 with four strikeouts and six men left on base. Carl Crawford blasted a home run in the fourth inning to get the Rays on the board, but the Rays didn’t get much from anyone else. Akinori Iwamura did his part though, going 3-4 with an RBI.
Rays starter Scott Kazmir had a decent start, going six innings with three runs allowed on six hits and four walks. He allowed a home run to Chase Utley in the first inning, which got the Phils off to a running start.
Game 2 features a matchup between James Shields and Brett Myers. If the Rays lose Game 2, they’re doomed. If they win it, they should go on to win the World Serie. I can’t believe I just typed that…