La Russa included Holliday on the team's postseason roster and hinted before Game 1 that his absence may not last long. "At the very least, we think he can take an important at-bat," La Russa said. "And as he keeps working it, we'll see if more is possible. I wouldn't even think about [Sunday's] lineup, which he could play in, but if not - if he never [starts], I think he could be a significant weapon off the bench."
Craig walked and scored in the ninth. Holliday did get an at-bat as a pinch-hitter. He struck out to end the game.
The lone roster decision for the Phillies was their 11th pitcher, which is Joe Blanton instead of David Herndon. Manuel said Blanton's experience and recent effectiveness were an easy selling point.
"David Herndon pitched good at times for us this year," Manuel said. "Actually he did a good job. It was a hard decision. We liked the way that Blanton has bounced back, and also we liked stuff as far as pitches that he has. It was a tough decision, so with the first round we left David off. I'm sure that that was tough for David, but at the same time we feel that Blanton can help us."
Rookie reliever Mike Stutes made the first postseason appearance of his career in the ninth inning of the 11-6 win over the Cardinals.
The righthander would just as soon forget it. St. Louis roughed him up for three runs and three hits in one-third of an inning. Ryan Madson replaced him and two of the runners the closer inherited scored on a double by Scott Schumaker. Madson put an end to the restlessness by striking out Jon Jay and Holliday .
In 57 regular-season appearances, Stutes had allowed as many as three runs twice.
Shane Victorino got a rare second chance to produce after Cardinals third baseman David Freese failed to make an over-the-shoulder catch of a pop-up in foul territory in the fourth inning.
It would have been the third out of the inning, and Victorino went on to single in Chase Utley from second base to cut the St. Louis lead to 3-1.
The Phillies had two advance scouts watch the Cardinals in their final nine games of the season. Howie Freiling and Dan Wright delivered their report to Manuel and his coaches Thursday. . . . Manuel, as expected, used the same lineup for Game 1 as he did near the end of the regular season. That meant Utley was hitting second.
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