It wasn't easy watching - my stomach was in knots. But the pitching of Hamels, Madson, and Lidge was a thing of beauty. And given the weak at-bats by the likes of Rollins and Howard, and the large number of runners left on base, they needed the pitching to carry them.
Jayson Stark made the point today that the team with the long lay-off is at a distinct disadvantage in the World Series. The Phillies best hope was that they would get a great pitching performance to steal a win in game one. They did, and the pressure on the Rays in game 2 will mount. If Brett Myers can give us anything close to what Hamels did tonight, it'll be 2-0 and heading home.