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Casey Blake hits a homer in game four. AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Like the cloud of smoke hanging thick over Los Angeles from the annual firestorms, so does the cloud of melancholy hang over Dodger fans in the wake of the most compelling game they played this postseason.

Questionable pitching changes, great defensive plays, timely hitting, euphoria, frustration – all signs of a great baseball game.

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Enough objectivity. Like I mentioned last night the loss hurt a lot. Going into the eighth inning leading 5-3, the Dodgers had the game won. But with Cory Wade giving up a two-run shot to Shane Victorino and Jonathan Broxton giving up another two-run shot to journeyman-extraordinaire Matt Stairs, all cheer and jubilee turned to dread and melancholy.

In that half inning the entire series did a complete 180. Instead of the Dodgers tying the series 2-2, the Phillies now have the upper hand with a 3-1 lead.

Much can be said about Joe Torre’s pitching changes and lineup. You could also get on Andre Ethier with his HORRIBLE at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning grounding into a double play on the first pitch he saw.