October 01, 2011
Leading lads: What, Phillies fans worry? Despite Lance Berkman(notes) staking the Cards to an early lead with a three-run homer off Roy Halladay(notes), the Fightins' ended up cruising to victory behind Halladay's recovery and sixth-inning homers from Ryan Howard(notes) and Raul Ibanez(notes). Halladay was remarkable after Berkman's homer, giving up only one more single and retiring the last 21 batters he faced.
Head hanger: St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse(notes) had the complete opposite experience that Halladay had: A great start (he retired the first 10 batters he faced) followed by baseballs falling into the right field stands in the sixth and getting tagged for the loss. The Cards' bullpen didn't fare any better with Mark Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs(notes) giving up a total of five runs.
Key play: The roar of the Citizens Bank Park crowd when Howard launched Lohse's changeup high into the Philadelphia night told you all that you needed to know. The Phillies had a 4-3 lead and were back in control of the game.
Interesting stat: No one has won four straight division series since the Yankees did it from 1998-2001. The Phils can join them with two more victories.
What they'll be talking about: Cardinals fans' dreams of gaining early control of this series disappeared in the sixth inning and their dreams of winning the series might disappear completely if Chris Carpenter can't beat Cliff Lee(notes) on Sunday night. Can Carpenter turn in momentum-swinging performance on just three days of rest? And will it even matter if Lee does the same thing?
What's next: Game 2's first pitch is scheduled for Sunday at 8:37 ET. Gotta figure that Monday morning is going to come awfully quick for those attending the game.