It took twelve innings. It was dominated by pitching. In the end, Pittsburgh prevailed 2-1 in a contest that saw only 21 baserunners combined between the two teams.
Through five innings, each club had only one hit. The Phillies best chance to score was in the first. Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second. With two outs, Ryan Howard was plunked. But Jeff Karstens induced an inning ending fielder's choice grounder from Shane Victorino (fresh off the disabled list) to retire the side. Including the Victorino out, Karstens retired the next 13 Philadelphia hitters.
Cole Hamels led off the sixth with a single. Jimmy Rollins connected for his second single of the day. But Placido Polanco lined Josh Harrison, who flipped to Neil Walker to double Hamels off second base. Jimmy Rollins swiped his second bag of the game to move into scoring position and Chase Utley got the clutch two out hit that scored Rollins with the first run.
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.