Thursday, October 23, 2008

Phillies play usual 8 innings and steal home field advantage

Runs were at a premium in game one of the World Series unlike the both Championship Series, where sending six across the plate was by no means a guarantee of victory. The Phillies only had half of that total but it was enough take home filed away from the Rays with a 3-2 win. In typical ‘Philly Fashion’ they held a one-run lead going into the ninth then handed the pill over to Lidge who slammed the door shut as he had done 41 times this year and improving Philly’s unbeaten mark when leading after 8 innings to an unbelievable 79-0. The Ray’s normally play the long-ball despite all of their speed in the line-up but they were only able to muster a solo jack in game 1. Now that the Phillies have rustled the home field away from the club with the best record in MLB this year, they just need to hold serve on the terrible green pavement in Philly to win their first title in 28 years, but we have counted the Rays out several times this year and won’t do it this time. Look for them to do what isn’t expected again and climb back in this series. Do you think the Rays still have a chance or is losing the Tropicana edge too much to overcome?

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