Phillies Stun Dodgers with Walk-off Win

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, October 20, 2009 01:00 AM | Comments: 142
2009 Recaps, Posts

Never doubt this team.  The Phillies were down to their last out, but another clutch hit led to another stunning victory.  The 5-4 win gives the Phillies a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

Ryan Howard continues to sizzle.  He greeted his former teammate Randy Wolf with a 2-run first inning home run.  The Big Piece tied Lou Gehrig for most consecutive postseason games with a run batted in.  Howard’s streak is more impressive because he did it in one year; Gehrig’s was over two years.  After the homer, Wolf settled in and retired 14 straight.

Joe Blanton had a similar streak, retiring the first ten batters he faced. He allowed a walk to Matt Kemp, and then the wheels fell off.  Two RBI singles tied the game in the fourth inning.  An inning later, Kemp homered to give the Dodgers the lead.  Blanton’s struggles questioned why Charlie Manuel did not lift Blanton for Happ.

Blanton’s line was decent: he allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings.  He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out two.  He was dominant until his pitches started to become flat, but it is also notable that the strike zone was consistently small.  But Blanton wasn’t the story.

Besides Howard’s homer, Wolf only gave up one more run (Chase Utley’s RBI single).  The Phillies had plenty of chances to score, but the Dodgers’ bullpen wiggled through jams.  The biggest opportunity came in the eighth inning.  With two on and one out, Howard struck out.  The Big Piece can’t always be the hero.

With two outs, a familiar face appeared on the mound: Jonathan Broxton.  Broxton was able to strand the runners by getting Jayson Werth to fly out.  The ninth inning was a different story — a story that would define this Phillies ball club.  With one out, Matt Stairs was called upon to pinch hit for Pedro Feliz.  With game four of the 2008 NLCS fresh in mind, Broxton did not give in to Stairs. Following Stairs’ walk, Carlos Ruiz was plunked.

Greg Dobbs made the second out on a soft liner.  The crowd that had been silent for most of the evening had all eyes on Jimmy Rollins.  And boy did he deliver.  Rollins smashed Broxton’s 1-1 offering into the right center field gap.  Eithier chased, but Eric Bruntlett scored easily.  Ruiz scored from first, sliding into home safely without a play at the plate.

Rollins was deservedly mobbed by his teammates, but the bullpen deserves some credit too.  The ‘pen threw three scoreless innings.  Brad Lidge earned the win, striking out two batters in 2/3 of an inning.

This game will go down as one of the most unbelievable endings in postseason history.  Jonathan Broxton blew game four of the National League Championship Series, and Cole Hamels will be on the mound for game five.  Sound familiar?  This is what October is all about.

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  • Posts: 0 justin

    is there any doubt that this team is just as good, if not better then last year? one of the most amazing wins ive ever seen. 1 more game to go w/ cole on the mound. wish i was back in PA to atleast tailgate. Im not the biggest J-Roll fan but i gotta give it to him. in the big time spots jimmy is the man. great win tonight!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    SPEECHLESS… still!

  • Posts: 0 jacob

    That game was ridiculous. Love it.

  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    Every phan should sharpie that opening line to their HEAD before each and every game –


    I said it earlier. If Blanton could limit the damage to 1 more run (4ER total) – then we would still be WELL within striking distance. We needed to clamp down and look for an opportunity.

    Funny though – the Dodgers bullpen has been the big question mark throughout this series – NOT as much as ours. The media hype would lead you to believe otherwise. Got to love the patience and the guts this team shows, night in and night out.

    One more game and we’re back in the Phall Classic. I can hardly contain myself… GO FIGHTINS!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 NateB

    That was so awesome, that was the best Phillies walk-off win I’ve ever seen!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I’ve gone hoarse from screaming …”run, Chooch, run!”

    That was awesome!. Unbelievable!

    I really have no words for that.

    Two runs in the 9th off maybe the toughest closer in baseball not named Rivera……

    This might be the greatest team in Philly sports history. Giving us moments like this two years in a row.

  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    Stairs’ HR last year was so big that it contributed to two giant Game 4 wins over the Dodgers.
    That Rollins 2B (3B?) was the greatest thing I’ve seen since Howard’s in the NLDS.

  • Posts: 0 Rachel Friter


    mlb.com reported a dodgers win before it happened

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I am still tingly all over.
    On teh down side I dont think I can ver say anything negative about Jimmy again.
    If the phils win another game and goto the series not 1 person in the world will pick us. Especially vs the yankees. I like that.
    MLB.com was already congradulating the dodgers on tieing the series even.

  • Posts: 0 marty

    i think you were a little tough on Blanton

    did you see that strike zone? i mean it was all over the place….it was brutal

    and some bloop hits, and an error didnt help…
    6 innings, 3 earned runs…quality start…

    i’ll take that all day

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    See… there was a reason why the Beard made the roster…. No way Torre was going to let Broxton pitch to Stairs in the 9th… just as I had predicted….

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Joe did alright considering he hadn’t started a game in a couple of weeks

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Cole may just be out to prove something also. He didnt like how visibly shaken he was and giving up the homer in game 1. He might be out to prove he can beat these guys in Philly. Lets hope!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    the ump really sucked tongiht. that one inning he just decided to call everything a ball and it hurt Joe.

  • Posts: 0 Alex

    You guys see they tried to hurt our secret weapon? Shame on them for beaning Chooch

  • Posts: 0 BlooBlood

    No offense to you guys/gals, but I you you get to feel the way this Dodger fan feels right now on Friday night.

    BTW, the ump sucked on both sides tonight. His strike zone was EVERYWHERE (regardless of what PitchTrax says).

    Tonight is why we are baseball fans folks. Good or bad, to have this much emotion invested in something is probably unhealthy (I’m on my 3rd single malt since the game)..and hey, theres still some more baseball to be played. “Ain’t no fat lady been singin yet”.

    Good luck on Wednesday. Don’t expect the Blue to rollover. :)

  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    I agree with you, Andrew. The home plate ump, Ted Barrett, was as inconsistent as they come. Called two straight similar pitches differently which were thrown both in the same spot. Blew numerous low strike calls for both sides.

  • Posts: 0 keng

    yeah!!! – got the one back we owed to martinez!!! – now everythings back to where it was supposed to be!! – my son, a catcher, and real baseball guy, shook me so hard after the HIT yelling “we won… we won… we won…” that he gave himself a bloody lip!!! xo

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    “No offense to you guys/gals, but I you you get to feel the way this Dodger fan feels right now on Friday night.” Uh, would you mean the way we felt in the WORLD SERIES IN 1993? BlooBlood, we know EXACTLY how it feels, and have felt that FAR MORE TIMES than we care to talk about.

  • Posts: 0 Jacob

    Nobody cares, BlooBlood. RED OCTOBER!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    The guys trying to be nice. we are all celebrating and the dodgers have little to no real fans so he comes to us.
    Be nice.

  • Posts: 0 dodger fan

    Congrats Brian. I think you should name him Jaime.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    some are real enough fans to come on here and post after the loss. Good on them for actually showing their faces (in a matter of speaking). This organizations needs this after so many bad years, and blown opportunities, and well just feeling like how the Dodgers felt tonight honestly. Lets put all that behind us and get this one!

  • Posts: 0 Sam

    Nate B and the rest of you, don’t forget Chooch’s infield single last year that brought Bruntlett home in game 3 vs Tampa Bay…THAT was a walk-off win (but this one was good too)

  • Posts: 0 poliver

    WOW!!! The single best game I have ever been too. Already being called one of the greatest moments in Philly sports history. I was hoping tonights game would be the one to send us to the series again, but I was by no means disappointed with what happened in south philly tonight. This really is the greatest game!

  • Posts: 0 T Marty

    You said it.
    “This game will go down as one of the most unbelievable
    endings in postseason history”

  • Posts: 0 Shag beta sigma delta

    great game, I was at both now it is a drive back to Vermont tomorrow, I do not care how much shit i get for driving down here for the Phillies, This team is awesome, and to top it all off I got to hug and kiss my wife as Chooch slide across the plate. This makes it so much easier for her to love this team and become a real baseball fan. I have been to 9 games plus three playoff games with my wife and they have won all but one, and that was because we got stuck on the subway and did not see the first inning of the Baltimore game. Jroll is great and I was so glad that he got the game winner so all those on here that bad mouth him all year will now shut up. I love this team one more win and we go back to where we belong the WFS

  • Posts: 0 Jon Broxton

    You’re welcome.

  • Posts: 0 george55

    outstanding game. i only worry about hamels for game 5, who has been like a sieve in allowing runs (game 1 proof). Hillbilly has to pull him after allowing no more than two run in the early innings. You can’t afford to leave him in for 5 or 6 innings and allow 5 or 6 runs to score.
    Remember you have Happ who is fresh and not really used.
    Hamels just doesn’t have it this year, sorry, but his stuff is off and he can’t adjust to fix it.
    If it were me, I would pitch Happ or split the two to pitch the first 6 i or 7 innings

  • Posts: 0 maxhole


  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Finally home after the game, a cheesesteak at Pat’s, and a two hour ride up the turnpike! WHAT A GAME!!!! Still cannot believe it! It has me thinking about another jaunt to Philly on Wednesday night. I don’t think I can wait until WS Game 5 to see those Phillies play again!
    And congrats to Brian on the new one!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I am still in shock. What a game. Its with the stairs homer last year as my 2 all time best sports monets.
    Hamels has again a chance to step up. if we got 3 more good starts out of him I like our chances.
    Just the most remarkable thing. They are the fightin phils for a reason. Did Buck Martinez cry?

  • Posts: 0 Craig

    Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

    What a game. WHAT A GAME!

    Rollins hit that game winning triple about 5am GMT. Damn near woke up the neighbour hood when he did!

  • Posts: 0 Moshe B.

    Great end! It seems that each time different guys come through. That’s what happens when a team is winning. Go Phils! 1 more win to 2nd World Series. And I hope that the Angels give the Yankees plenty of grief and maybe come back to ast least force game 7. Spend their starters so that the Phils pitchers are rested in their regular rotation. We ARE the Team to Beat! I

    have been saying all season this quote from the old WIBG dejays of yester-year: Sooo Nice, We Gonna do it TWICE! Go Phillies.

  • Posts: 0 Papa Thompson

    In my mind, Jimmy was on the hook for the loss had he not come through with the knock. He clearly had a play on that looping fly ball that fell between he, Shane and Raul, and he backed off because he heard footsteps. If he lays out — or even leans forward — he makes that catch and the Dodgers don’t score their fourth run.

    It seemed to me he was thinking about redemption, too. He scorched groundballs in his next two ABs, then the knock.

    What a great moment.

    SDO, I was thinking about your spot-on “Broxton walks Stairs, Bruntlett pinch runs” prediction even before it played out. Good stuff.

    Charlie upset me in the fifth when he sent Blanton out there to hit with two outs, a man on and trailing by a run. Seemed like a waste of an inning to me, and in spot where we really needed a run. And of course, Blanton gave up a run in the next half (though two of the hits he gave up — including the one J-Roll short-armed — were fisted).

    But none of that matters now. And that’s probably a good thing to keep in mind when Charlie makes his moves … so often things work out in the end.

  • Posts: 0 Gavin

    In case you missed it, here was the call in Heaven last night.

    “Phils trail it 5-4, two outs bottom of the ninth. Rollins is 1 for 4 with a single and a run scored on the night. The stretch by Broxton…..swing and a miss on a fastball, no balls and 1 strike to Rollins……………. Eric Bruntlett on 2nd and Carlos Ruiz on 1st……fastball low and away, 1 ball and 1 strike to Rollins………Broxton stretches……the 1-1 pitch……swing and a LINE DRIVE TO RIGHT CENTER FIELD….. ITS GOING ALLLLLLL THE WAY TO THE WALLL!! ONE RUN SCORES! HERE COMES RUIZ!!!!! NO THROW TO THE PLATE!!!!!!! AND THE PHILS WIN IT 5 TO 4 ON A WALK OFF DOUBLE BY J ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT WHITEY?”

  • Posts: 0 Whitey

    Hard to believe, Harry.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Nice post Gavin… can’t say the same for Papa Thompson. Jimmy would have been on the hook… you can’t be serious. The fact that he got close enough to make a play on that ball is unbelievable.

    Big Donkey my ass….

  • Posts: 0 Scotty

    After a seriously depressing day yesterday, it’s hard to find words to describe how much the Phils mean to me right now. What a finish, what a team.

    One more, guys.

  • Posts: 0 Matt M

    Good to see LA Times blowhard TJ Simers is ripping Philly again.


  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    My God, I’ve seen Eskin less nasty than that, Matt M. What unprofessionalism for a journalist, and insulting the Phanatic! I used to intern for a local suburban newspaper, and I learned that even opinion-based columns have their limits. I’m sorry, but when I was writing I could never have published that sort of thing in print, and people who do are ultimately classless. The dude isn’t even a good writer, either. What a ramble of a column. Someone should show our boys this for Game 5 and really light a fire under them.

  • Posts: 0 Anonymous

    Amanda Orr writes with such passion and vigor! I love her posts! Can she please, please, please write every single post-game wrap from here until we win another WS? She’s just so exciting and entertaining.

    Sarcasm aside…phillies are the absolute shit. Go read beerleaguer or jayson stark for fun recaps

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Its amazing how all the broadcasters on TBS rave about is how good the dodgers are at coming back from behind. Little did we know that they were 4th in the Majors behind us. So hopefully being up 3-1 will get rid of the bias of the TBS announcers but thats wishful thinking but oh well.

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Unnecessary, Anonymous. You ever publish anything when you were still in high school? Amanda, keep writing, and don’t be afraid to show your opinion! Your recaps are very journalistic, and that’s a necessary element in sports writing. But sports-writing also requires an infusion of opinion and emotion, of capturing the moment. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Tim Malcolm wrote that the Blanton trade was a bad one. Even the Daily News’s Bill Conlin wrote in June 2005, “trade Ryan Howard to a team who would appreciate him.”

    I do like Jayson Stark, though. Keep meaning to get his book, but I don’t want to jinx the Phils.

  • Posts: 0 cas

    I AM ECSTATIC, but still fear losing Game 5. We cannot hit Padilla, and Cole is all over the place these days. Of course, I think we will still win the series, but I want to clinch at home. Plus, I will be traveling this weekend and won’t be able to see the games Friday and Saturday–at least not all the way through.

  • Posts: 0 Shawn victorino

  • Posts: 0 philsphan

    It was strange last night to keep believing even with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Even last year, I would have told myself that it was hopeless.

    In fairness to Lou Gehrig needing two years for his RBI streak, there were no division or league championship series back in his day.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Thank you, Amanda and Phillies Nation crew … for giving us all an outlet to read-&-write about the Phillies !!!

    Thank God, that Jimmy Rollins was still batting leadoff, which allowed him to come to the plate with the game on the line !!

  • Posts: 0 JoePhil

    @Matt M…wow, that article was almost crude. Its a shame he didnt put up a blog for responses…the phils winning out and going to the WS is all the response he needs I guess….what a tool.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I’m not worried about Game 5 … our boy Vincente gets rattled pretty easily

    and if we need to back to LA .. we’ve got Cliff Lee going Game 6.. and then Pedro/Blanton/Happ for a game 7 against whatever scrub they put out there..

    my confidence couldn’t be higher.. we’re heading back to the World Series!

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