(12:09, Game Over, Phillies 8, Dodgers 6)
Brad Lidge gets the save as Phils turn a key double play hit by Casey Blake to help the Phils’ cause.
(11:54, top ninth, Phillies 8, Dodgers 6)Manny Ramirez has had two chances to drive in key runs late in the game after hitting his two-run homer in the fifth and hasn’t done it. The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the seventh thanks to Andre Ethier’s leadoff double to right. Former Dodger Chan Ho Park came on to pitch for the Phillies with Ramirez due up. This time Ramirez grounded out and didn’t advance the runner. Park did a nice job of getting out of the inning. Down 8-4 in the eighth, the Dodgers showed life as James Loney, Rafael Belliard and Russell Martin strung together three straight singles and a run against Ryan Madsen, who also allowed a sacrifice fly to Furcal scoring the sixth Dodger run. Ramirez brought the crowd to its feet one more time in the eigthth, runners at the corners with two outs. Swinging as hard he could and trying to appease the Dodger crowd, Ramirez grounded out weakly to third to end the threat. Raul Ibanez stretched the Phillies’ lead with a three-run homer in the top of the 8th against lefty reliever George Sherrell, who walked the first two batters.
(10:11, top sixth, Phillies 5, Dodgers 4)
Welcome to Mannywood. Manny Ramirez just sent Dodger fans into Mannyheaven with a two-run homer to cap off a three-run fifth inning. A bad exchange by the usually smooth DP combo of Jimmy Rollins-Chase Utley allowed the first run to score on a sure DP grounder. Manny hit a 2-0 breaking pitch.
(9:45, top fifth, Phillies 5, Dodgers 1)
Boy did Clayton Kershaw lose it in a hurry. The Phillies have scored five runs, three on Carlos Ruiz’ three-run homer and two on Ryan Howard’s two-run double. He threw three wild pitches setting the LCS record for an inning. Amazing Joe Torre let the kid stay in that long.
(9:37,top fifth, Phillies 3, Dodgers 1)
Carlos Ruiz has changed the order of things with a three-run homer in the fifth inning off lefty Clayton Kershaw. The count was 2-1 and Ruiz lined the high fastball into the left field bleachers. That erased the Dodgers’ 1-0 lead which came on James Loney’s second-inning homer off Phillies starter Cole Hamels. Kershaw showed impressive stuff early in this game, but in the fifth he allowed a single to Raul Ibanez, a wild pitch, a walk to Pedro Feliz and then Ruiz’ blast.