Pen Can’t Hold Lead

Pedro Martinez pitched his heart out and got nothing out of it as the Phillies lost 2-1. The were able to earn a split on Los Angeles and will come home to Philadelphia for three games. They still have momentum going into these next three games and have nothing to worry about.

Martinez went seven innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out three. Chan Ho Park came in to pitch the 8th and was charged for both of the Dodger’s runs. Park earned the loss. Former Phillies pitcher Vicente Padilla got the start for LA and was dominant. He allowed a run in 7.1 innings of work on four hits and striking out six. The lone run he gave up was on Ryan Howard’s homer in the 4th.

I wasn’t able to watch any of the game so I can’t make any fair assessments outside of the fact that the bull pen and poor defense blew another game for the Phillies. At least it wasn’t Lidge this time but Ryan Madson really needs to pick his game back up. It’s the NLCS for crying out loud.

Next Game: Sunday in Philadelphia, 8:07 EST
Series: Series tied 1-1
Probables: LAD: Kuroda (0-0, -.–), PHI: Lee, Cl (1-0, 1.10)
Game Day Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Cliff Lee was absolutely dominant in his two starts versus the Rockies in the NLDS. Hiroki Kuroda will be making his first start of the post season. Last time he pitched versus Philadelphia, Shane Victorino told him to throw out his back, not his head.

The series shifts in the Phillies favor despite losing game two. The next three games will be in a very loud Citizens Bank Park where the fans show up hours BEFORE the game starts. Dodgers fans strolled into games one and two around the 3rd inning. That’s disgusting. It’s going to be louder and more electric than Dodger Stadium in Philadelphia and that should impact the Phillies.

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