Tuesday, October 20, 2009

8 Hours Of Incredible Baseball -Dodgers vs. Phillies

The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, on another HR by Ryan Howard.  But one inning does not make a baseball game.  This game would not be decided until the last out in the 9th.  For the Phillies it was elation.  For the Dodgers it was heartbreak.

Give the Dodgers credit.  Remember, on Sunday night, the Dodgers got routed 11-0.  But trailing 2-0 early on Howard's HR, they fought back.  Four singles and a walk tied the score at 2 in the 4th inning.  Matt Kemp's HR in the 5th, gave them a 3-2 lead.  They extended the lead to 4-2 but the Phillies scored a run in the 6th.  From there, the bullpens took over and quite effectively.  Bellasario, Kuo, and Sherrill kept the Phillies off the board through the 8th as did Park, Madson, Eyre, and Lidge against the Dodgers.

The Phillies came to bat in the bottom of the 9th, trailing 4-3.  Jonathan  Broxton, the Dodgers flame thrower came in for the save.  Broxton consistently threw 99 MPH, but with one out he walked Matt  Stairs, and hit Carlos Ruiz.  After the second out, up came Jimmy Rollins.  On the third pitch of the at bat, on a 99 MPH fastball, Rollins smashed a drive to the right center field gap.  Both runners scored, and the Phillies celebrated their 3 -1 series lead.

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