10/26/08 1:19 AM ET
Offensive woes continue in first inning
Phillies fall to 1-for-32 with runners in scoring position
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Jimmy Rollins ended his funk with a leadoff single, opening the Phils' first home World Series game in 15 years with style. But the bigger ongoing issue for Philadelphia kept going -- the Phillies couldn't get a hit with runners in scoring position.
After Jayson Werth walked and Matt Garza let go of a wild pitch, the Phils had runners on second and third with no outs. But they got only one run, on Chase Utley's RBI groundout. Ryan Howard struck out and Pat Burrell flied out, leaving Werth stranded at third base.
After the eighth inning, the Phillies were an almost impossible 1-for-32 with runners in scoring position in the World Series.
Howard's struggles have been the most pronounced of any Phillies player in RBI situations thus far. He has five plate appearances with runners in scoring position and has struck out every time. The Phillies have gotten their leadoff hitter on base 12 times in the series, and Rollins made it only three times that that leadoff man has come around to score.
Philadelphia does not have a run-scoring hit with runners in scoring position in the series -- the only hit was an infield dribbler in Game 2. The Phillies now have two RBIs with runners in scoring position, one on Utley's grounder and one on catcher Carlos Ruiz's RBI groundout in Game 1.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.