Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 10/3/11
In Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals, the Phillies could trace their victory back to one at-bat in the sixth inning, when Ryan Howard waited out Cards' starter Kyle Lohse in lengthy at-bat before finally depositing his pitch into the right field stands to give the Phillies the lead, and eventually the win. Similarly, after St. Louis' Game 2 victory, the Phils can trace their success back to one at-bat. This time, it came in the fourth inning, and unlike Howard's, it did not give them the lead. After two innings of work against Cardinals' starter Chris Carpenter, the Phillies had a 4-0 lead, and were poised to take a 2-0 lead in the series behind ace No. 2 Cliff Lee, who had the task of shutting down the St. Louis. Not an easy task, by any means, but with slugger Matt Holliday out of the lineup and Albert Pujols ailing, it made for a much easier situation than usual. Lee cruised through the first three innings of the game with his usual array of p...
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