Cole Hamels pitched a magnificent seven innings of two-run ball, putting the Phillies ahead in the 2008 World Series with a 3-2 win over the Rays.
Hamels gave up a home run to Carl Crawford and a double to Akinori Iwamura, but struck out a handful while containing the Rays big hitters (2-3-4 went 0-for-12 with five strikeouts). He was very good, especially late, and got a lift from a couple double play balls.
The difference in the game was the mistakes. The Rays committed an error, played a tad too aggressive and looked a little off-center in their first World Series game. The Phils did too, but just not as much. To wit, Ryan Howard looked lost with an 0-for-4, 3 K game, and Jimmy Rollins left five on base with an 0-for-5. But the Phils limited mistakes and let pitching do the talking.
Behind Hamels, Ryan Madson was sparkling with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Brad Lidge quelled fears with a 1-2-3 save.
Chase Utley got the Phils off to a huge start with a two-run home run. The Phils got a third run via a Carlos Ruiz RBI groundout. They got their runs when they needed them, then held the Rays down with superb pitching. The result: a 1-0 lead in the World Series.
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