Friday, October 16, 2009

Playoff Reflections: ALCS and NLCS, Friday

Phillies vs. Dodgers: The Dodgers scored twice in a bizarre eighth inning where the Phillies used five relievers to try to hold onto a slim 1-0 lead. Honestly, Philadelphia’s effort on the field in the frame was just ugly as they gave up two lead-off singles (a single by Casey Blake and a bunt by Ronnie Belliard) and moments later, Chase Utley would field a ball from Russell Martin and try to complete a double play. However, Utley’s throw to first would completely sail by Ryan Howard and allow Juan Pierre – who was pinch running for Casey Blake – to score and tie the game.

As a band of relievers came in for the Phillies, they would give up another hit, walk a batter, and struck out one before Andre Ethier came to the plate. J.A. Happ came in for Philadelphia and his job was to only get one out – Ethier – however, he would walk him and give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

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