Shoe On Other Foot
Game 2 was similar to Game 1, only this time the shoe was on the other foot for the Phillies.
With a record crowd on the feet cheering and waving the rally towels for Lee’s first pitch, silence quickly followed when Furcal tripled on the firsts pitch. Strikeout, infield pop and a ground ball brought the noise back.
In the first inning against the Cardinals ace, Chris Carpenter, the Phillies scored three times on three hits. Last time he gave up that many runs in the first inning was 2004. More noise. In the second, Freese doubled to start the inning. Silence. Strikeout, strikeout, ground out. More noise.
A second-inning run on a pair of hits gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead. In two innings, Carpenter had thrown 55 pitches, 28 for balls. Lee, on the other hand, 22 pitches, five balls. On Carpenter’s 53rd pitch, a call went to the St. Louis bullpen and LaRussa went to the mound. He waited for home plate umpire Jerry Meals and appeared let him know they were unhappy with the strike zone for both Carpenter and Lee.
Carpenter settled down in the third, and the Cardinals began working deeper counts on Lee, who wound up allowing five runs on 12 hits and throwing 88 pitches over the next four innings. It indeed was a rare Lee loss. During the regular season, he is 72-1 when he has a lead of four or more runs.
In Game 1, St. Louis got three first-inning runs off Doc who then retired the next 21 hitters.
In Game 2, the Phillies led 4-0 after two innings. Carpenter and six relievers retired 21 of the last 23 Phillies, who had only one hit after the second inning. Over the previous 10 games against the Phillies, the Cardinals bullpen had a 10.54 ERA.
The Cardinals could have been deflated after not scoring in the first two innings. But, they’ve fought for their lives in September to get here.
St. Louis is 19-13 in Game 2 postseason decisions, including 8-1 in the NLDS. The Phillies fell to 6-16 in Game 2 decisions.
Cardinals returned home after the game while the Phillies will take a Delta charter to St. Louis on Monday noon and work out at Busch Stadium at 5 that evening. Garcia and LaRussa will be in the interview room at 2:30 after the Cardinals workout and Cole and Charlie will be there at 4:30.
Phillies Postseason History
On October 3, 0-1 record:
2007 NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: In their first postseason appearance in 14 years, the Phillies fall to the Rockies, 4-2, in the first postseason game in Citizens Bank Park history. Trailing, 3-0, Aaron Rowan and Pat Burrell hit back-to-back homers (first time in Phillies postseason history) to make it 3-2 in the fifth
Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite postseason memory as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory? The questions were posed to Phillies Alumni.
Putsy Caballero (INF, 1944-45; 1947-52; 83 years old)
“Heck, there was no TV when I was a youngster. We listened to the World Series on the radio. I remember when Enos Slaughter of the Cardinals won the World Series by scoring from first base on a single in the seventh game against Boston in 1946. Harry Walker got the hit. Later Harry and I were teammates with the Phillies. Harry used to complain that everybody remembered Enos but not the guy that got the game-winning hit.
“Only been in one World Series, 1950. Every game down the stretch was a nail-biter including the last game when we won the pennant in Brooklyn. The World Series games were all tight ones but we were used to that. We just didn’t hit.
“Being in the World Series is my fondest memory. There are a lot of players who never played in one. That’s one of my two favorite memories of my career. At 16, I the youngest player ever to start at third base for the Phillies in 1944.”