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Phillies Take Another Game

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Matt Kemp can't believe the Dodgers lost. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Admittedly MLB could have scheduled game two of the NLCS in a better time slot, but it turns out to be more of a blessing.

Having first pitch scheduled at 1:30 prevented most of us from having to watch that massacre in Philly. But there I was at work listening to the radio feed and could only imagine what the carnage looked like.

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That second inning where Chad Billingsley literally fell apart on the mound. I think his right arm is still there next to the mound. He gave up four runs in that second inning and then was charged for another four runs in the third. Granted Chan Ho Park didn’t help things out when he came in relief by allowing the two runs he inherited to score. But really now?

And how does Brett Myers go three-for-three with three RBIs? This is the opposing pitcher who had gotten only four hits during the entire regular season. Nice time for Dodger pitching to go down the drain.

The bright spot for the Dodgers was James McDonald. After Joe Beimel walked two hitters to load the bases in the third inning, McDonald got that elusive final out and continued to shut down the Phillies for three more innings. He will prove to be very crucial for the Dodgers not only for this series but in future years.

But I won't bemoan the Dodger offense for this loss. True there were some pretty awful at-bats down the stretch. But it's awfully hard to win a game after giving up an eight-spot. True the Dodgers had their chances, but they did score five runs after all.

Obviously I didn't plan for the Dodgers to lose this game. So the Dodgers win in six. Whatever.

Let's remember that the Phillies were swept four games at Dodger Stadium in mid-August. Most balls that are hit for home runs in Philly are flyball outs at Dodger Stadium. Plus the Dodgers will have the benefit of 56,000 fans cheering them on.

The Phillies did what they were supposed to do: win at home. The Dodgers will get two more opportunities to do take a win over there if they take care of business at home. And with how things are going, I don't see anything that contradicts that.