Gone, but not forgotten Cliff Lee.
Game One of the NLDS was time for the Phillies big midseason acquisition to show his value. After faltering down the stretch, Lee was handed the ball to start the NLDS against the Rockies. He did not disappoint.
Lee brought a shutout into the 9th inning and finished with five strikeouts, six hits and zero walks en route to a complete game. We would come to expect these types of big-time outings from Cliff.
The 24 mph winds were no match for the Phillies bats, that put together 12 hits that afternoon. All five of the Phillies runs came without a single homerun. After being knocked for their lack of timely hitting in the postseason over the past few seasons, including 2008 World Series run, the Phils went 4-11 with runners in scoring position.
With a 5-1 victory over the Rockies in the book, the Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the short series. A very different scenario than 2007 to say the least.