Broxton Melts Down Again

The Phillies come back was capped off by Carlos Ruiz's two-run walk-off double in the ninth inning off Dodgers closer Jonathon Broxton. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

What do Matt Stairs, Jimmy Rollins, and Carlos Ruiz all have in common? They have all made a mental mess out of Jonathon Broxton. Ruiz ripped Broxton’s no-out fastball off the top of the right-centerfield wall to drive in both Jayson Werth and Ben Francisco to lead the Phillies to a 10-9-come-back win over the Dodgers.

The game was at one point out of reach and it looked like the Phillies were not going to be able to take the series from a struggling Dodgers team. But with four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth, the Phillies capped off another memorable comeback and drama-filled win off of the Dodgers and closer Broxton.

With the score at 9-2, Placido Polanco and Mike Sweeney singled to start the eighth. Werth then drove them both in to make it a 9-4 game. Francisco then drove Werth in with a double and Wilson Valdez later drove in Francisco to make it a 9-6 heading into the ninth.

Danys Baez held fort in the ninth inning to keep the score at 9-6. With Broxton still in from the end of the eighth, he hit Polanco to lead-off the ninth. He then walked Sweeney and Werth in back-to-back chances. With no outs, Francisco hit a would-be double play ball that went through third baseman Casey Blake’s legs to score two and make it a 9-8 game. Then Chooch stepped up and smoked a ball off the padding in right-center to score. Werth and Francisco easily to cap off the dramatic come back.

Ruiz’s walk-off double capped off a 3-for-5 night with three RBIs and a run score. Polanco, Sweeney, Werth, and Valdez also added two-hit games while Werth and Francisco each drove in two runs.

Raul Ibanez’s 18-game hitting streak was finally snapped tonight. The left-hander grounded out in the eighth inning in his final attempt to finish the night 0-for-5. He batted .409 (27-for-66) with 15 runs, five doubles, four homer and 17 RBIs in that 18-game span.

The Phillies are now two games back in the division and one game back in the wild card race. They travel to New York tomorrow for a three game series against the troubled Mets.

2B: Valdez (10), Francisco (11), Ruiz (19).

WP: Baez (3-3). LP: Broxton (4-4).


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