There was plenty to like about the way the Phillies offense performed in Game 1.
They picked up 14 hits, scored 11 runs and hit a pair of home runs to make Roy Halladay's rocky first inning an amusing blip and nothing more. The outburst was tied for the second-most runs they scored in a game all season and was a nice reminder that these experienced bats are capable of unleashing lightning all over the National League this October.
Not bad for a team that's supposed to win with pitching and the perfect way to start off the NLDS.
It wasn't all perfect, however. The first 10 Phillies to come to the plate against Kyle Lohse made outs and they only forced him to throw 28 pitches to get those outs. Chase Utley finally snapped the lineup out of their doldrums with a double and the race was on when he came around to score later in the fourth inning, but the Phils made things much too easy on Lohse in those first 10 trips to the plate.
They can't repeat that mistake against Chris Carpent...