They needed this one, plain and simple. You don't squander early 2-0 leads with your ace on the mound and come back to win a World Series. You just don't. Brad Lidge said it best after the game.
"When your ace is on the mound," said the closer, who pitched a perfect ninth as the Phillies won Game 1 of the World Series 3-2, "you need to win."
The Phillies won.
It wasn't pretty. They went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position against lefty Scott Kazmir, squandering a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the second inning in the process. But there are no columns for Ugly Wins and Pretty Losses.