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Pence’s 8th Inning Two-Run Single Gives Phillies Comeback Win

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is thrown out at home in the 6th inning. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71)
LP – Ronald Belasario (3-1, 2.18)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (21)

LOS ANGELES — Ronald Belisario had a fun 8th inning that enabled a dramatic come-from-behind win for the Phillies.

After walking Chase Utley and hitting Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz to load the bases with two outs, he gave way to closer Kenley Jansen.

Jansen allowed a two-run single on a ground ball up the middle by Hunter Pence to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead and win. After being 0-38 when trailing after seven innings, the Phillies manufactured their first late-inning comeback win of the season.

The Phillies also won their sixth straight game at Dodger Stadium, continuing the success they’ve had there for the past five seasons.

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2010 Moment: #6 Broxton Meltdown Part III

To the Phillies fans, it was a game to remember. For Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, it was a night from hell.

First there was Matt Stairs, who crushed the go-ahead homer in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS in Los Angeles off Broxton that eventually helped them win the series. Then in Game 4 of the NLCS the following year, Jimmy Rollins’ walk-off two-run double lifted the Phillies again over Broxton.

First it was Matt Stairs. The Jimmy Rollins. Now Carlos Ruiz became the third Phillies in three years to victimize Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton.

There wasn’t anything on the line in this game. It was August, not October. Broxton was entering the ninth with a three-run lead against an offense that was hot and cold all year. Surely he would fail to record an out and let the Phillies steal another one from the Dodgers.

It was an ugly game from the start for the Phillies. Joe Blanton took the hill and allowed three runs in the first inning. By the time Blanton was pulled with two outs in the sixth, the Dodgers had a 4-2 lead. LA then feasted on an at-the-time struggling bull pen. They got five runs, three earned off of Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, and Jose Contreras in the next 2 1/3 innings.

Leading 9-2 built off of a monster game by Matt Kemp, the Dodgers were set to put the Phillies away. But heading into the eighth inning, the Phillies offense took life. Placido Polanco and Mike Sweeney hit back-to-back singles and moved up on a wild pitch by Ronald Belisario. Jayson Werth, hit a two-run single with the runners in scoring position to make it a 9-4 game. Ben Francisco then doubled in Werth and later scored on a Wilson Valdez single to bring the Phils to within three.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Danys Baez, Broxton entered the game to close out the Phillies. He was greeted by the loud fans of Philadelphia, very well aware of Broxton’s post season success, or lack there of, against the Phillies. Broxton, who’s control issues cost him Game 4 of 2009, couldn’t hit the plate again. He hit Polanco with a pitch and then walked Sweeney and Werth.

Francisco then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. He hit a hard double-play ball to third baseman Casey Blake, but Blake let the ball scoot between his legs and into left field, scoring Polanco and Sweeney. The score was 9-8 and Carlos Ruiz, who is no stranger to clutch hitting, stepped up to the plate. He sent Broxton’s 1-1 offering over the head of Kemp in center field to score Werth and Francisco for the walk-off double.

*moment submitted by (@DealNCali)
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Brown Homers in Forgetful Game

The moment Phillies fans have been waiting for finally arrived. Too bad the memorable first home run by Domonic Brown will be lost in a game that the Phillies and fans would love to soon forget. Andre Ethier had himself a game to remember and the Dodgers put up a few mult-run innings en-route to a 15-9 win over the Phillies.

The Dodgers had 18 hits on the night. Ethier went 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs and many others had multi-hit and run producing nights as well. Ross Gload had himself a monster game for the Phillies, going 3-for-5 with two homers, three runs scored, and five RBIs.

Brown’s solo home run in the sixth inning off of Ronald Belisario was the first of hopefully many for his career. He also doubled and drove in four runs in the game, a young career high.

It was an ugly game for starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick and (surprise!) the bull pen, including Antonio Bastardo, David Herndon, and Danys Baez. Kendrick was chased after 3.1 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks.

Raul Ibanez had one more chance to extend his hitting streak to 17 games in the bottom of the ninth and he delivered with a liner into right field.

HR: Gload 2 (6), D. Brown (1).

WP: Padilla (6-3). LP: Kendrick (7-5)


Shades of Little League

I can still remember some of the finest and not so finest moments of my Little League days. I would remember seeing the kids on my team hit monstrous home runs and the coaches on the other team want to see their Babe Ruth cards. I would remember winning tournaments and getting awesome trophies that now collect dust in my room.

But I would also remember a few things that would make me cringe. I played baseball in Atlantic City where I grew up and I won’t go into those details because they weren’t relevant to baseball. If you remember the Toms River, NJ team that won the Little League World Series in 1998, you would remember Casey Gaynor who would terrorize the hitters in that tournament, let alone terrorize our team in the championship game of a tournament (especially me).

But there is one moment I still remember that is so embarrassing. I went to Holy Spirit High School in Absecon and became friends with a kid named Andrew Richard. He reminded me of a play when Chelsea (my team) played Absecon in a tournament and Richard stole home. He would continue to remind me of this in high school.

Well I didn’t need Richard to remind me of that play because last night, Jayson Werth made me look back at that moment versus the Dodgers. Werth stole second with Jimmy Rollins at the plate and then took third with Raul Ibanez up to bat. Werth is now standing on third with Pedro Feliz up to bat.

Richard stood on third and was watching the pitcher. He knew that he was unfocused. After the pitcher threw to the plate, Richard took his usual lead off third base but kept walking. As the catcher lazily tossed the ball back to the pitcher who then turned his back, Richard bolted. Chelsea’s pitcher couldn’t get the throw home in time as Richard slid in safe. Werth did the same thing to Ronald Belisario and Russell Martin.

I still laugh when I see major leaguers do stupid things like not pay attention to runners. I also love it when runners play the game with that extra edge. It makes you wonder why some of these athletes get payed to make the same mistakes a 12 year old would make. It also makes you wonder why the guys who go out there, play hard, and have fun get over shadowed by stuff Manny Ramirez or other players do.