clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Phillies Take 2-1 lead in World Series

New, 6 comments

Rainfall caused this game to last into the wee hours of the morning.  I must admit to dozing off a time or two during the game.  But it was another close, well pitched game.

Jamie Moyer, at 45 years old, pitched well against the Rays.  We had some interesting speculation in previous threads as to whether Moyer stood a chance against the Rays.  And he answered those questions well.  Maybe this was an example of young hitters becoming overanxious against a soft tossing lefty.  Moyer's maximum velocity on the night was 82 mph, according to the broadcasters.

The Rays tied this game up in the 8th, using Upton's speed on the base paths.  Then Eric Bruntlett, of previous Astros' fame, put himself in the thick of a "walk off" infield hit by the Phillies.  Bruntlett led off the 9th and was hit by a pitch, advanced to 2d on a WP, and then scampered on to 3d base when the throw from the catcher went past 2d base.  Bruntlett came home safely when Longoria couldn't make the play at the plate on a dribbler down the 3d base line.

Baseballmusings.com notes that this game may be unusual for the number of runs scored on outs.  However, some runs were scored the normal way...like consecutive HRs by Howard and Utley.

Any thoughts on the World Series?