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Through Six In Philly, It's 5-0 Phils

That strong wind blowing out to right (estimated at 26 mph at gametime)? Hasn't made much of a difference so far in Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Phillies and Rockies. Through six, the story has been Cliff Lee's dominance -- precisely what the Phillies were envisioning when they gave up a sizeable chunk of their farm system for him in July. Lee is currently working on a three-hit shutout, seemingly determined to keep Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel from having to turn to that atrocious bullpen.

Meantime, Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez was mercifully lifted three batters into the sixth inning, robbing us all of the chance to see if the Phillies could hit for a natural cycle against him. All they needed was the homer, after Chase Utley singled, Ryan Howard doubled and Jayson Werth tripled. He was lifted for ex-National Joe Beimel, who gave up an RBI single to Raul Ibanez.

This sixth-inning mess will undoubtedly have folks second-guessing the decision by Rockies Manager Jim Tracy to allow Jimenez to bat for himself leading off the top of the sixth. After breezing through the first four innings, the flame-throwing right-hander had appeared to hit a wall in the fifth, when he started falling behind hitters for the first time all game -- 3-1 counts to Jayson Werth and Ibanez resulted in a walk and an RBI double -- and wound up giving up two runs.

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 7, 2009; 4:42 PM ET
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Yikes! Back to back box scores showing Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia's mastery in the post season. As an Indian's fan, it appears obvious the Government needs to redirect some of that TARP money to Cleveland!

Posted by: Theoptimist | October 8, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

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