The Dodgers-Phillies score in Game 2 barely moved all day. But the Dodgers score changed at the right time for Los Angeles, and saved their season. The Dodgers-Phillies score was going smoothly for Philadelphia, with a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning. But a Dodgers score is never out of reach until the very end, and somehow, Los Angeles got their biggest come-from-behind win of all. But the 2-1 Dodgers victory will be credited more to the Phillies’ fatal mistakes.
The Phillies-Dodgers score had almost no runs to speak of, thanks to Pedro Martinez and Vicente Padilla. There was only one mistake through 7 ½ innings, in Ryan Howard’s fifth inning sole home run. The score stayed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth, when Martinez had to be lifted.
Chan Ho Park saved the day for Philadelphia in Game 1, but fielding errors let him down in Game 2. A leadoff hit just went past Pedro Feliz, then a bunt trickled past Park and Howard. But the score changed for good when Chase Utley’s throwing error on a possible double play – his second error of the series – tied the game. From then on, the Phillies barely held on until Andre Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk off J.A. Happ.
The Dodgers scored their two biggest runs of the season via an error and a walk. After seven innings of getting nothing off Pedro Martinez, Los Angeles is suddenly very much alive, after their backs were almost against the wall.
Once more, the Phillies bullpen will likely take the blame for another meltdown, after blowing a possible 2-0 series lead. But Chase Utley may be a bigger goat, as his usual fielding prowess has gone away all of a sudden. Charlie Manuel may also be questioned for taking Martinez out, after he only gave up two hits in seven innings.
The normally solid Phillies defense put the bullpen – which used five pitchers in the eighth alone – in a bad spot. Even some of Brad Lidge’s blown saves this year were triggered by errors, so the pitching isn’t all to blame for the Phillies end-of-game messes in 2009.
The Phillies-Dodgers score could just be a blip in the road for the defending champions, or it could become “Black Friday II” depending on what happens from here. Thanks to the eighth inning, the NLCS is a series again as it goes back to Philadelphia. Along with new life, the Dodgers have Phillies killer Hiroki Kuroda for Game 3, despite going against Cliff Lee.
Given how the series has gone so far, perhaps it is destined to go to the limit, rather than have the Phillies put it away early. But as the NLCS goes forward, the Phillies may look back at the Game 2 score and wonder what could have been.
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