Dodgers Lose Battle of the Bullpens
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.
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.
“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.”