Phillies win to open playoffs

Gavin Botel ('11)/For Eastside

Today was the day that Philadelphia Phillies fans have been waiting for since the ball club won the World Series last year.  This day was so anticipated because it is the day that the Phillies truly began to defend their 2008 title.  Forget about the regular season, because the real season just began.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel chose Cliff Lee to start game one against the Rockies and although this was a decision that took some criticism, Charlie proved again that he should never be doubted.

Lee went out and threw a complete gem, retiring 16 straight batters at his peak.  He threw a complete game, allowing only one run which came in the ninth inning, and threw a grand total of 113 pitches.  As if his outstanding pitching statistics weren’t good enough, Lee chipped in with a hit and a stolen base.

The Phillies won this first NLDS game in front of 46,452 fans, the largest crowd in the six year history of Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies look to take a 2-0 lead in the series when they face off against the Rockies again tomorrow, at the same starting time of 2:37 p.m.