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Phillies Hold On To Defeat Dodgers 8-6

Carlos Ruiz hit a three run homer to help the Phillies win 8-6 over the Dodgers in Los Angeles last night.

Carlos Ruiz the number eight hitter for the Phillies hit a three run homer to help the Phillies win 8-6 over the Dodgers in Los Angeles last night.

The Dodgers were leading the Phillies 1-0 after a first inning James Loney homer.  After four innings with the score still 1-0  it looked like it was going to be a pitching duel between Clayton Kershaw and Cole Hamels till the late innings.

Then the fifth inning happened and the Phillies scored five runs to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning with Carlos Ruiz hitting a three run homer that highlighted the scoring. The Phillies took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the inning.

Manny Ramirez hit a two run homer in the bottom of the frame to spark the Dodgers and the inning ended with a 5-4 Phillies lead. Both teams failed to score in the sixth and seventh innings.

Raul Ibanez drove in three more runs in the top of the eighth inning to extend the Phillies lead to 8-4. The Dodgers came back in the bottom of the eighth to score two more runs and close the gap to 8-6 which wound up being the final score.

Thirteen pitchers were used in the game but only two pitchers from each team allowed all the scoring. Kershaw and George Sherrill combined to allow the eight Phillies runs while Hamels and Ryan Madson allowed the six runs by the Dodgers.

Most of the scoring was done in the fifth and eighth innings with 13 of the 14 runs scored in the game crossing the plate in those innings.

Brad Lidge picked up his third save of the postseason despite allowing a hit and a walk in the ninth inning.

The Dodgers outhit the Phillies 14-8 but only four of those hits were for extra bases while three of the Phillies hits were for extra bases. The real difference was that the Dodgers were 3-14 with runners in scoring position while the Phillies were 3-5.

Neither Hamels or Kershaw pitched that well. Kershaw had no command with five walks and three wild pitches but Hamels barely stayed in the game long enough to notch the win.

The Phillies baserunners had a bad night with Shane Victorino being thrown out on a stolen base attempt and was picked off first base by Kershaw. Carlos Ruiz was doubled off of first base when Matt Kemp threw to first base after catching a fly.

Today’s Games:

Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers at 4:07 ET on TBS

Starters: Pedro Martinez will be making his first postseason start as a Phillie. His last postseason start was in 2004 when the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals in the World Series that year.

Vicente Padilla will be on the mound for the Dodgers and he won his only start in the NLDS by pitching seven innings of scoreless four hit baseball.

Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees at 7:57 ET on Fox

Starting Pitchers: John Lackey will get the start for the Angels after pitching seven and one-third inning of scoreless four hit baseball against the Red Sox in the ALDS.  C.C. Sabathia will be facing Lackey after giving up one earned run, eight hits and struck out eight with no walks in his win over the Twins in the ALDS.

Just a thought: How would MLB handle the situation if the Angels and Dodgers both had home field advantage? They could have had both teams playing in Los Angeles on the same day. I don’t recall this ever happening but wonder if there is a contingency plan if this were to happen.

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