Like with Tuesday night, the lineup featured some new twists, with Jayson Werth batting second and Greg Dobbs starting at 3rd. Both of these moves paid off as both players hit a 2-run home run to help the Phils get out to a 6 - 1 lead after 2 innings. Ryan Howard supplied the other 2-run dinger.
From that point, the Dodgers chipped away at the Phils with homers from Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier. Neither pitch was a pitch where you figured the opposing player would crush the ball, but on the other hand, it seems the Phils can't generate offense unless the opposing pitcher gives up a cookie, so perhaps we're not used to seeing that type of hitting.
From there, Jeff Kent hit a 2-run double off of the oft-used Chad Durbin to tie the score at 6, setting the stage for Garciaparra's heroics.
The series concludes tonite with Brett Myers going against Hiroki Kuroda at 10:10pm.
- Phils could have salted this game away for good in the 6th. Burrell struck out with the bases loaded against Chan Ho Park, a pitcher I could have hit a couple of years ago.
- Greg Dobbs' error in the 7th....guh! The ball went 5 hole on him. When will Pedro Feliz be back again?
- Nomar Garciaparra? Are you kidding me? I thought he died or something.
- Chase Utley was hit twice. Looking forward to a key Dodger eating one tomorrow night against Brett Myers.
- The homeplate umpire was terribly inconsistent last night for both sides, I thought.
- Good catch by Werth in the 8th with 2 on and no one out. Even though Kent came on to eventually tie the game, that catch was big at the time.
- Can we agree that Chad Durbin has been overused? I can see the duct tape on his arm from my couch.
- Once again, no Brad Lidge last night. Thanks Clint Hurdle!