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 series.
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 five innings.
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.
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