One stinking out. That’s all the Dodgers needed.
The Dodgers had closer Jonathan Broxton who has been one of the more reliable players they had to hold a slim 4-3 lead.
He came in the eighth inning to get out of a two-on, two-out jam and got Jayson Werth to fly out to right field.
Good going so far.
In the bottom of the ninth, he started by getting Raul Ibanez to ground out. Two more outs.
Pinch hitter Matt Stairs came in to pinch hit, and Broxton must have had flashbacks to last season’s game four of the NLCS. He walked Stairs. That’s fine. All they needed was a double play.
Eric Bruntlett came in to pinch run for Stairs. Fine. Then Broxton hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch.
Ok. A little more unease, but still doable.
Then Greg Dobbs comes in to pinch hit and lined out to third. Two outs.
There’s still some uneasiness, but all Broxton needed was one more out.