The Milwaukee Brewers struck out 12 times and scratched out only one
run against the stingy Phillies’ pitching staff. The Phillies won the
first game of the MLB postseason, and are now 1-0 in the best-of-five
Cole Hamels (1-0 in the postseason) pitched eight strong innings
with 101 pitches. He changed speeds frequently, and his location was
spot-on: Hamels walked one batter and struck out nine Brewers.
That’s not to say that the Phillies fared much better–both teams
only had four hits apiece in the game, and the big bats–Ryan Howard
and Prince Fielder–were both silent.
Yvonne Gallardo (0-1), pitching for the first time since May, gave
up three runs over four innings. He lost control of his fastball in the
three-run third inning and never regained control, leaving two men on
base. The Brewers’ bullpen, not know for their resiliency, closed the
inning without further damage and shut down the Phillies for the next
Milwaukee’s lone run came in the ninth inning off of Phillies’
closer Brad Lidge. Lidge, whose past postseason vulnerability played a
big part in his dismissal from the Houston Astros, pitched himself into
a jam. With two runners in scoring position, Lidge struck out Corey
Hart swinging to finish the game.