the NLCS in the Dodger Stadium, the Phillies are back at home in
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The whole universe must’ve
conspired together for the defending World Series champions. Perhaps it
was just Cliff Lee. And the Phillies.
to retire three Dodgers with a strike out to the third man on plate in
the top of the first inning.
The bottom of the first inning
may have started with a fly out in the right field, but it was followed
by successful hits and a rally of runs. Ryan Howard started the rally
with 2-run triple RBI that brought Shane Victorino, who hit a single,
and Chase Utley, who hit a double, to the home plate.
that was not enough, Jayson Werth hit a 2-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda’s
93 MPH fastball. The Phillies earned two more runs from Howard and
Werth. As the right fielder stepped on the plate, the Phillies were
4-0 on board.
Bottom of the second. Cliff Lee was out on a
sacrifice bunt to advance Carlos Ruiz from second base to the third.
After Jimmy Rollins hit double, Ruiz gave the Phillies another run.
Joe Torre had to replace Hiroki Kuroda with Scott Elbert. It was two
short but terrible innings for the Japanese starter.
yet. Scott Elbert gave them a back to back walk and caused Rollins to
move to third base on a wild pitch to Chase Utley. Shane Victorino was
on second base and Chase Utley on first.
first, Rollins gave his team another run. The Phillies were leading
with 6-0. With another run earned by the Phillies, Manager Torre was
back in the mound for his third pitcher. Chad Billingsley replaced
Elbert, and ended the inning with a strike out.
Cliff Lee kept
dominating the mound with two strikeouts in the 3rd inning, one in the
4th, 5th and 6th, two in the 7th and 8th. A total of 10 stike outs
including the third batter in first inning. He only gave up 3 hits, one
for Belliard and two for Ramirez.
Chad Billingsley also struck
out Phillies; he had Jayson Werth twice and Cliff Lee. the great The
last two were both on the fifth inning. It was the same inning that the
Phillies earned another runs, one from Raul Ibañez on Pedro Feliz’
triple who also scored on Carlos Ruiz’ line drive single in the right
The Dodgers were not able to make any runs, yet, and the Phillies were not yet done running to the home plate.
Victorino, who was 1-3 (single, walk, strike out), homered on a fly
ball to the right field. He scored the batterymen. Ruiz was walked
earlier followed by Cliff Lee who hit a single on a ground ball in the
centre field. They sealed 11 runs on board for the defending champions.
Dodgers pitched for the game giving up a total of 11 runs and 11 hits
while the Phillies only had Cliff Lee and Chad Durbin. The closer had 3
up, 3 down. No chance for a run.
Cliff Lee earned 2-0 record, 0.74 ERA, and more fans this post-season.
The Phillies still lead the NLCS with 2-1, but anything can happen in Baseball. You just have to beLEEve.
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Dodgers may have drawn the first blood in the second inning, but the
visiting Phillies won Game 1 of the NLCS last Thursday night in the
Dodger Stadium. It was 8-6 on board.
The results would have been
different if not for the walks given up by the Dodgers. Half of the
total runs of the Phillies all began with bases earned on balls, also
known as walks.
The first walk that made the Phillies lead was
given up by Clayton Kershaw to Pedro Feliz in the fifth inning. He only
had one strike. Next to bat was Carlos Ruiz who hit a 2-run homer off
Kershaw’s 93 MPH fastball.
The next batter, Philles starter Cole
Hamels, also earned a walk from Kershaw. Hamels was out at second base,
but he was not the last Phillies to earn a walk in the fifth inning.
Chase Utley also had a base earned on balls followed by Ryan Howard who
doubled on a flyball to the right field, sending Jimmy Rollins and
Chase Utley to the home plate. The Phillies nailed 5 runs in the fifth
the eight inning, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth went on back to back
walks from reliever George Sherrill. Both had only one strike. The next
batter was Raul Ibañez. The first baseman only hit one pitch from
Sherrill, a 74 MPH slider that homered a fly ball to the right field.
It was a 3-run homer in the eight inning, and 8 runs on board for the
Without the walks, the Phillies would’ve just had 4 runs and the Dodgers would’ve won the game with their 6 runs.
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