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Utley’s 8th Inning Homer Backs Masterful Outing By Halladay

Phillies 3, Cardinals 1
WP – Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80)
LP – Barret Browning (0-1, 4.11)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (25)

PHILADELPHIA — A bit of small ball and long ball propelled the Phillies past the Cardinals in the 8th inning.

Juan Pierre laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Jimmy Rollins over to third for the first out. The bunt set up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Chase Utley.

Utley was able to put the ball in the air, but instead of landing in an outfielder’s glove it landed in the back part of the Phillies bullpen to give them a 3-1 lead in and the win.

It was Utley’s eighth homer of the season as well his 196th in his career. It moved him to ninth overall in Phillies history, passing Bobby Abreu on the list.

The main story of the game belonged to Roy Halladay. Doc, who has been the hot topic as of late in regards to shutting down the 35-year-old ace, was absolutely stellar for his sixth win of the season.

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2011 Moments: #5 Howard propels Game 1 win

Ryan Howard watches his three-run homer leave the park in Game 1 of the NLDS on October 1, 2011. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It was Kyle Lohse among all people.

And it didn’t take until the 6th inning before someone on the Phillies realized this. That person was Ryan Howard and his three-run homer in the 6th inning seemingly set the tone for the NLDS at the moment.

Lohse had a perfect game going through the first 10 batters while holding a 3-0 lead created by a three-run homer off the bat of Lance Berkman. But Chase Utley’s double that ended the hitless streak and Shane Victorino’s RBI single in the 4th gave the Phillies offense some life while cutting the Cardinals lead to 3-1.

The 6th inning marked end of Lohse’s night. After a pair of singles by Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence, the Big Piece stepped into the box and gave the Phils the 4-3 lead in a huge way.

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Doc, Phils overcome rough 1st inning; take Game 1

Phils slugger Ryan Howard reacts after his three-run homer gave the Phils a 4-3 lead. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

With one swing, Ryan Howard changed the game.

Kyle Lohse seemingly had the Phillies bats under control. That was, until the 6th inning when Lohse fell back to earth and lost all control of his first playoff appearance since giving up a grand slam in the 2007 NLDS as a Phillie against Colorado.

That all fell back on Lohse’ lap as the Phils took Game 1 of the NLDS with an 11-6 win.

Lohse was perfect through the first 10 batters he faced. It wasn’t until Chase Utley’s one-out double in the 4th that the Phillies figured out how to get to Lohse. Two batters later, they milked a run out of Lohse and cutting the Cardinals lead to 3-1.

Two innings later, and it was a whole different ball game. With one out and two men on, Howard gave the Phillies offense the jolt it needed. The crowd, sensing something big was about to happen, stood on its feet and waved the white rally towels handed out.

One pitch after another, Howard fouled off pitches he didn’t like. The 8th pitch, a change-up left belt high, was the pitch Howard liked.

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Lee pitches second straight shut out

Phillies Ryan Howard connects for a two-run home run off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse in the 4th inning. It was Howard's 16th homer of the season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The unbelievable pitching of Cliff Lee has revealed itself in June and it’s not showing any signs of going away any time soon.

Lee pitched his second straight complete game shut out as the Phils beat St. Louis 4-1 and evened the season series up at two games apiece with the final match up tomorrow.

For the second straight time, Lee didn’t have to strike out a high number to be dominant. Getting batters to make poor swings, Lee allowed only six hits and one walk while striking out three on a season-high 126 pitches.

Lee got all the offense he needed in the 4th inning. Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run off Cardinals start Kyle Lohse. A couple batters later, Ryan Howard hit a two-run shot to make it a 3-0 game.

Lee cruised after that as the Cardinals managed to go 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and failed to score.

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Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 45-28, 1st in NL East; STL: 40-33, 1st in NL Central

When: June 21-23
Where: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.56) vs Kyle McClellan (6-3, 3.96)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12) vs Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88)
Thursday: Roy Oswalt (4-5, 3.38) vs Chris Carpenter (1-7, 4.47)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 8:15, PHL 17
Wednesday, 8:15, CSN
Thursday, 8:15, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Kendrick Mows Down Cards

Kyle Kendrick knows that with the return of J.A. Happ in the nearing weeks, his time in the rotation could be up. His excellent outing through seven innings along with some homers led the Phillies to a 4-0 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.

Kendrick allowed six hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking three. Whenever he allowed base runners, he got himself out of the inning with ease. Danys Baez and Jose Contreras pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings respectively to preserve the shut out.

The Phillies got on the board in the fourth after Placido Polanco’s two-run homer. Shane Victorino had a two-hit game including a solo homer in the sixth. Greg Dobbs drove in the fourth run with his pinch-hit double in the seventh.

Brad Penny has been great all year for St. Louis and pitched well enough for the win. He lasted six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six. It was St. Louis’ 14th straight quality start by their rotation.

With Roy Halladay pitching tomorrow, the Phillies could very win this four-game series. Kyle Lohse will be on the mound for St. Louis. He hasn’t had a strong year at all, compiling an 0-1 record and 5.28 ERA. Lohse is a former Phillie (11 starts, 13 appearances in 2007) so he could have an “advantage.”

I’ll be at the game tomorrow and will be looking to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Doubles: Dobbs (3). HR: Polanco (4), Victorino (6).

WP: Kendrick (1-1). LP: Penny (3-2).

Boxscore.

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