Astros 3, Phillies 2

After all of the hubaloo about Cliff Lee’s reunion with the Phillies, he turned out to be every bit as good as advertised. Unfortunately, with an anemic offense and a faulty relief staff, it wasn’t quite good enough. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez kept the Phillies to a total of three hits and two runs. It was almost enough. Unfortunately, Vance Worley age up a homer to Jose Altuve in the 8th that tied the game, and Antonio Bastardo gave up two doubles in the ninth to give the Astros the go-ahead. Still, the Phillies had life in them, and Hunter Pence’s double in the ninth brought Ryan Howard to the plate with the opportunity to win the game with a walk-off. That the Astros decided to face him rather than Raul Ibanez, who had hit a homer earlier, was a surprise to many Phillies faithful who hoped that such sacrilege would be paid for. Unfortunately, mighty Ryan struck out and we are left with the sad realization that the Phillies will not go undefeated. We may also be left with a more damning realization that the Phillies are going to have a problem dealing with left-handed pitchers.

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