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.
The Phillies have won their first World Series game in 15 seasons. Suddenly, all the pressure is on the Rays in Game 2. If they lose, the Phillies have three games at home with a 2-0 lead. If they win, it's a brand new ballgame.
That said, you have to think the Phillies will be happy with a split at the Trop. They took care of their part of the deal in Game 1.
I'm going to put the finishing touches on my post-game work.
We'll have much more later.