PHILADELPHIA The Cardinals proved Phillies starterRoy Halladay was human Saturday night. For about five minutes.
Halladay allowed a hit, a walk and a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in thetop of the first inning, then righted the ship and retired 21 batters in a rowand 23 of 24 in helping the Phillies come back from an early hole to beat theSt. Louis Cardinals 11-6 in Game 1 of their National League Division Series.
With the Citizens Bank Park crowd waving white rally towels as the game began,Rafael Furcal singled and Albert Pujols walked before Berkman hit the firstpitch he saw off a faade of the second deck in right to give the Cardinals anearly lead.
"I couldn't think of a worse start, really, than putting your team in ahole like that," Halladay said.
A stunned crowd of 46,480 sat silently in their seats as Berkman rounded thebases. Were the underdog Cardinals going to come into the house of the teamwith the best record in baseball and pull off a shocking upset?
For five ...