Commerce, man. Commerce.
Longer inning or not, Cole Hamels settled in and breezed through the second inning on just X pitches. He whiffed both Casey Blake and Derek Lowe for his first clean frame and third strikeout.
Whatever jitters Hamels had in the first were worked out in the second.
On another note, I was on the Mike Gill Show this afternoon where the host, Mike Gill, made an interesting point. I said the difference in this series could very well come down to the ability of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to produce against the Dodgers’ right-handed heavy pitching staff. To that, Mike said the Dodgers likely would take a similar tact as the Brewers in the NLDS and pitch around Howard, forcing Pat Burrell to the plate in some key situations.
You know what? That Mike Gill knows his stuff. If the Dodgers aren’t going to allow Howard to beat them, Burrell’s at-bats become that much more important.
But when Burrell led off the second with a single down the line to left, he was quickly erased when Jayson Werth grounded into a double play.
That’s a pretty good indicator that Derek Lowe’s patented sinker is working well.
End of 2: Dodgers 1, Phillies 0