Phillies take game one of World Series
With the deafening sound of cow bells ringing through Tropicana Field one swing of Chase Utley's bat in the first inning managed to silence the Tampa Bay Crowd.
Utley, the all-star second baseman, unleashed a bomb to right field when Scott Kazmir tried to sneak a fastball inside on a two-two pitch as the Philadelphia Phillies got off to the perfect start in game one of the World Series. The two-run homer gave the Phillies a lead that they never surrendered and with Cole Hamels continuing in his rich vein of post-season form they always looked good to hang on.
As predicted, after a big first inning for the Phillies, there was a fascinating pitching duel with the Rays and Kazmir eventually going down 3-2.
The Rays will no doubt have left their first ever World Series game massively disappointed after failing to capitalise on some promising situations. When BJ Upton grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the third Rays fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was not their night and with Hamels giving up just two runs in seven innings this proved to be the case. The heart of Tampa Bay's line-up, batters two through four, combined for a miserable 0 for 12, and even when DH Carlos Pena reached first on an error he was controversially picked off by Hamels.
Ten out of the last eleven teams to take game one in the World Series have ended up winning the title so the Phillies at 5/7 for the outright win looks good value. However, the Rays will fancy their chances in game two as James Shields takes the mound against the often erratic Brett Myers. Check out William Hill's full range of baseball betting.