Cliff Lee dominates as Phils open title defense with 5-1 win

Score and situation: Phillies 5, Rockies 1Philadelphia leads series 1-0

Leading lad: Who's questioning Charlie Manuel's decision to start Cliff Lee(notes) over Cole Hamels(notes) now? A postseason rookie, the Philly lefthander was masterful in his handling of the Rockies in the series opener on Wednesday, pitching a six-hit complete game and keeping a shutout going until there were two outs in the ninth. Though Lee stumbled in a few starts near the end of the season, he again looked like the dominating pitcher who joined the team in a trade from Cleveland in late July. Cole? The mound is now yours.

Head hanger: Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) pitched himself into the role of Colorado's ace this season, but his performance in Game 1 didn't speak to being a team leader. Jimenez surrendered five runs and nine hits in just five innings of work before being pulled. Though his velocity was clocking in the high 90s, the heart of the Phillies lineup got its timing right during its second and third trips to the plate.

Big play: Carlos Ruiz(notes) hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead and Lee all the offensive support he would need.

Big stat: The Phillies were 7-0 at home during the 2008 postseason.

What they're talking about: The strong winds at Citizens Bank Park were a factor from the start, but the umpiring crew soon joined in the fun. Two bad calls went against the Rockies early and Jimmy Rollins(notes) was wrongly called out after a close play at first. Not exactly the type of debut that MLB's men in blue wanted to make.

What they're saying:

"I had him 0-2 and I stepped off and wanted to give myself a chance to absorb it all. Then I threw three straight balls and allowed a double in the gap. Maybe it cost me a run. Whatever, we had a five-run lead." — Lee, on Troy Tulowitzki's(notes) double that ruined his shutout.

What's next: Hamels faces Aaron Cook(notes) as the Phillies try to check a 2-0 lead as a carry-on for their flight to Colorado. Game time is again 2:37 ET.

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