Friday, October 16, 2009

2009 Chachi #73 NLCS Game 2/Pedro Martinez

NLCS Game 2 - October 16, 2009
Dodgers 2, Phillies 1

Pedro Martinez pitched a masterful seven innings this afternoon, but shoddy 8th inning defense and a bases loaded walk gave the Dodgers a draining Game 2 victory.

In his seven shutout innings of work, Pedro allowed only two hits, walked none and threw just 87 pitches. He turned the game over to the bullpen in the 8th. It took five Phillie relievers to record three outs in the inning and before it was over, the Dodgers had taken a 2-1 lead. The 8th inning train wreck was made possible by Chan Ho Park's failed attempt to field a sacrifice bunt, a wildly errant throw from Chase Utley on an apparent double play and a bases loaded walk by J.A. Happ.

Vicente Padilla pitched incredibly well too, which will teach me to post a baseball card of the opposing pitcher on game day. (Don't expect to see any Randy Wolf cards on Sunday.) He pitched into the 8th and allowed just four Phillies hits. Padilla's only blemish was allowing a solo home run to Ryan Howard in 4th.

Looking on the bright side of things, the team heads back to Philly for three games with the series tied 1-1 and Cliff Lee taking the mound on Sunday night.


night owl said...

Dodgers bullpen gives up one in Game 1; Phillies bullpen gives up one in Game 2.

I'd say Phillies are in better shape going back to Philly with Lee starting. My reassurance is the Dodgers play pretty well on the road.

Jim said...

I'd rather lose by blow-out than lose by bullpen implosion. The missed double play just adds salt to the wound.