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Dodgers Lose Battle of the Bullpens

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The Dodgers walked seven Phillies, four of which would end up scoring.

Offensively the Dodgers went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 runners on base while the Phillies went 3-for-5 with RISP with five runners left of base.

Mistakes hurt teams more in the postseason. All of that was evident in the Phillies 8-6 victory over the Dodgers in the game one slugfest of the National League Championship Series.

The game started on a good note for the boys in blue when James Loney gave the Dodgers quick 1-0 lead off of Phillies starter Cole Hamels in the second inning leading off with a solo homer to right field.

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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw breezed in the early going of the game even picking off Shane Victorino in the first inning.

Victorino invited a throw to first base during Chase Utley’s at-bat taking huge leads off of first. Kershaw refused to take the bait and lulled Victorino to sleep. Like a snake darting at its prey Kershaw bit before making a pitch to Ryan Howard.

However the signs of Clayton Kershaw coming unhinged came in the fourth inning during Ryan Howard’s at-bat with two outs. After a 2-2 count, Kershaw pitched a fastball which had Ryan Howard attempt to check his swing. The third base umpire Ted Barrett called it a no-swing giving Howard new life.

After Howard fouled off another pitch Kershaw threw a slider low and away that looked like a strike but was ruled a ball sending Howard to first base.

Although he would get out of the inning getting Jayson Werth to line out to left field the repercussions of Howard’s at-bat would be pronounced in the fifth inning.

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“I didn’t talk to him about that,” manager Joe Torre said. “I was very comfortable watching him early in the game. He threw a lot of strikes.”