2009: The Year of the Comeback
I'm not sure how many more late-inning comebacks I can take. But man, they sure are exciting.
The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for two runs in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the NLCS against the reigning Champion Philadelphia Phillies, coming away with a 2-1 victory Friday night.
After a tremendous start by veteran Pedro Martinez (2 hits over 7 innings) and a solo shot by monster Ryan Howard, the Phils thought they were on their way back home with a 2-0 lead in the series. But since Andre Ethier -- who refused to swing -- drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk from rookie J.A. Happ they'l be heading home all knotted up at 1-1.
The trouble began in the eighth with Ronnie Belliard’s bunt single that got past Chan Ho Park and Howard. Russell Martin followed that up with a grounder to Pedro Feliz, who relayed it to Chase Utley, who totally blew it... his throwing error allowed pinch-runner Juan Pierre to score the tying run from the second.
Contributing to the Philly wreckage, Jim Thome singled off Scott Eyre, Rafael Furcal drew a walk from Ryan Madson to load em up, and Matt Kemp struck out before Happ polished off the Dodgers' rally.
Let's not forget LA's brilliant pitching! Vicente Padilla kicked ass for 7.1 innings and let the bullpen do the rest. Hong-Chih Kuo needed only three pitches for the win before Jonathan Broxton worked a perfect ninth for the save. Nicely done.
Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will toss Game 3 of the best-of-seven series for the Dodgers, facing Phils lefty Cliff Lee this Sunday at 8:07pm ET in the City of Brotherly Love.
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