Phillies Stun Dodgers with Walk-off Win

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

    I am STILL in shock!!!!! I can STILL hear Franske’s call and it absolutely is giving me chills…..


    Yeah…imagine if Rollins WASN’T hitting leadoff as someone yesterday suggested. But the key to that inning was the Stairs at-bat. Broxton absolutely was spooked by last year. The way he throws and the way Stairs has been this year he really had a very good chance if he just challenged him. What a turn of events!!

  • Posts: 0 Matt M

    JoePhil that’s the same idiot who said that the Phils and Rays should have just laid down and let the Red Sox and Dodgers play in the WS because it was the better story. Trust me this is mild for him.

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I fear losing Game 5. I predicted we’d win Game 5. After a gangbusters of a prediction for Game 4, Cole had better not make me look stoopid. I want to be perfect in predictions.

  • Posts: 0 bob



    To quote Lou Brown from Major League “I love this sh*t and might move to England!!!!”


    Rachel, that is awesome. How did you find the MLB blunder? You do not mess with the baseball gods, they rule all. :)

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Even if Padilla doesn’t get rattled and pitches well I have this strange feeling that Cole steps it up big tomorrow. But you absolutely know that the fans are gonna be out to get to Vicente right from the beginning. We’ll just see how good this dude really is.

    I’m still shaking….

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Franske is damn good… what makes him so good is that in all of that emotion, he somehow manages to not miss a thing. He lets you feel his emotion but he doesn’t forget that the listener has to know what’s going on in order to appreciate it. He has made at least two legendary calls this year; last night’s finish and Bruntlett’s game ending triple play. There will never be another HK but Franske is a worthy replacement.

    Re: TJ Simers piece… I guess you have to resort to childish remarks when your team is a bunch of heartless losers. The fact that a Dodgers writer would criticize our fans right now is short sighted… at least our fans show up on time. At least our fans understand the importance of these games. At least our fans are passionate and not fair weather. At least our fans understand that our cheers can affect the outcome of the game (picture Sherrill and Broxton with poop running down their leg… we don’t seem to have that problem in LA).

    Forgotten in all of this is the reemergence of Brad Lidge’s knee-buckling slider. Command issues seem to be gone as he’s spotting his fastballs on the outer part of the plate… a goose egg in the top of the inning was huge. With that, Brad Lidge gets his first postseason win as a member of the Phillies (did have one with Houston in ’04). That brings his postseason blown saves total to… zero.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Just emailed him…

    “Same tired skits, by the way, they employed a year ago.”

    Almost like the same tired article, you wrote a year ago… hmm weird?

    Spend more time wondering why the Dodgers choke, instead of bashing Philadelphia fans ..

    We arrive early, and stay late .. I know you aren’t used to seeing that at a baseball game since you cover the Dodgers, but that is how it works here in the City of Brotherly Love ..

    Keep up the good work!

  • Posts: 0 CJ

    Fantastic win by the Phils!! J Rol…I forgive you for all of the first pitch pop-ups as a lead-off hitter this year. You’ve redeemed yourself quite well! Fantastic win by the Fightins!! Scott Franzke’s call on the radio should go down as one of the all-time best radio calls in Phillies history. It wasn’t Harry but it was darn good!!

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Don M. as of right now. Pedro is pitching game 6 and Lee is going game 7 with an extra day’s rest.

    And to everyone, I understand your excitement but please don’t jump the gun and jinx us. This series is not over until the last out has been recorded.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I can’t see them skipping Cliff Lee in game 6 … World Series doesn’t start until Wednesday, Oct 28th ..

    So he could pitch Game 6 (giving us the best chance to win.. on his regular rest)

    and if we make the World Series he could start Game 1, also on regular rest ..

    Hopefully we dont ever need a Game 6 starter!

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Honestly I don’t think that article is that bad. I am surprised that an article for the L.A Times, not some fly by night news paper can be filled with such hateful opinion but so be it. I find it hard to be offended by those with nothing but emotion guiding their fingers. To me, this T.J Simer’s guy has done nothing but add evidence to the thought that L.A is filled with nothing but delusional crazies who think the world revolves around them.

    It would be one thing if this was written for a blog, something that is not intended or expected to be professional. But it wasn’t. This was on the L.A Times. I am surprised that an editor would allow this garbage to be published but it has been.

    If anything, I hope Charlie prints it out, puts it on a bulletin board and says “You see this? These words? Calling out our fans? Win this one for them.”

    And that’s it. Way to go T.J Simers, you just added fuel to what seems to be an ever lasting Flame.

  • Posts: 0 bob

    Foot on throat. Time to bleed them out….

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Ed R… you’re an older fan aren’t you? One of my close friends is an older guy. He’s a die hard Phillies fan and baseball connoisseur (a trivia genius); he has never been able to root for this team like I do. He has seen too many heartaches to ever feel confident about the Phillies. But this isn’t about luck or jinxes… it’s about talent and heart and we have more of both. If you saw Joe Torre’s postgame interview, you would know that this series is over.

    This team has earned my trust… they have that killer instinct and there is NO WAY that they drop three straight in the playoffs. They’re like a shark that smells blood… relentless. I’ve taken my lumps all year for jinxing things… fellas, there’s nothing wrong with confidence. Jinxes don’t exist when you root for a team that leaves it all on the field.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I agree with you completely Don. If this has to get to a game 6, if the Dodgers win game 5 and send us back to L.A then we need to stop the bleeding in game 6 and not let it get any further. Who better than Cliff Lee?

    However I was just reporting what was supposedly said already that it was Martinez and Lee but I am sure that could easily flip flop depending on the situation.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Actually Chuck, I am 25. So, probably not what you meant but older.

    As a former athlete, and I say that lightly as my talents and skills never lead me above the college game, but as an athlete all the same, I am very much a product of superstition and belief that the jinx does infact exist and that it is, if nothing else, a relentless bitch with the worst sense of irony ever.

    That is not to say that I am not confident in a team that has done nothing but show time and time again that they deserve our confidence, appreciate, understanding and undying love 10 fold. But all of that aside, I never call it over until it truly is. Neither would the Phillies.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Epic picture of Broxton almost reaching the visitor’s dugout before Chooch leaps onto home plate. Check out the look on Ruiz’s face. Priceless.


  • Posts: 0 San Diego Mike

    Wore my P cap to the Chargers game last night. Unbelievable how many Phils fans said “Go Phillies” or just gave me the thumbs up..just 100 miles south of LA! Amazin…

    Sad to say, the Qualcomm scoreboard never posted a NLCS score and I couldn’t get i-access inside that crypt. Had to keep walking outside to get updates. Passed the Italian Sausage stand each time and couldn’t resist. Needed a brewski to wash em down of course. My gut hates me this morning but I’m ready for more. Go Phils.

    PS. To the doubter wearing the Utley jersey I talked to in the 7th inning: Get some faith if you’re gonna wear that shirt, baby.

  • [...] Amanda Orr, Phillies Nation: "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(notes) will be on the mound for game five. Sound familiar? This is what October is all about." [...]

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Sorry, Ed R. I pegged you wrong.

    I’m not a superstitious guy… I mean, I think that players have to do what makes them comfortable and if they are forced out of that comfort zone it can affect their performance… if Giambi’s pink thong gets ripped while he’s dancing around in the clubhouse, he might not feel so good about his chances to get a base knock… confidence is everything but I hardly understand how the every day fan can go through rigorous routines to avoid jinxing his/her team. I guess if the fan base carries a false sense of confidence, the players could pick up on that and fall into the trap of feeling too comfortable but this team has done nothing to lead me to the conclusion that they would allow that to happen.

  • Posts: 0 Ed 2

    In the 7th inning, the announcers stated that the dodgers only need to get 5 more outs because Broxton will take care of the ninth…nice thought.

    Also, Ron Darling sounds like Kieth Hernandez…i feel the same way about both of them.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    By the way that above article about Broxton being spooked by the ghost of Stairs past was pretty well written, except for the sentenced that called our pitcher “Cole Hamelson”. LOL.

    I liked his closing….

    “Citizens Bank Park will be rocking. The Phillies offense will be swinging. And if Broxton gets back into the game, no doubt, Stairs will be somewhere in the darkness, waiting.

    “A day off will be a good thing, to step off of this and take a needed break,” said Orlando Hudson.

    Maybe the Dodgers’ front office will use the time to reflect, again, on the fact that weak starting pitching has strained the bullpen, surely a factor in Broxton’s late weariness.

    But more important, maybe Broxton will use the time to reflect on the most important mental part of his job.

    Closers forget. He could not.”

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    No apologies needed.

    I am sure that the way I act as a fan has a lot to do with the routines I exercised while playing the game. I can’t help it. I am mortally afraid of the jinx. It’s just who I am.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    The article wasn’t that bad until he ripped into the fans…..that was just a loser attempt to sensationalize his writing beyond where it needed to be.


    bob….I love it…I can visualize it…”foot on throat”


    I STILL can’t believe it!! What do you guys think?…..Is last night more epic than last Monday’s thriller in Denver?? I think so.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Chuck I do think last night was more epic for two reasons. 1. It was a walk off, where as in Colorado, we had to pitch through the bottom of the 9th which we did. And lastly, we as fans collectively despise the Dodgers and their fans where as the Rockies…eh, whatever.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan S

    What are the chances Phillies Nation can reach out to Tim Malcolm and see if he wants to write a few pieces for the playoffs? His pieces last year this time were magnificent.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    “Citizens Bank Park will be rocking. The Phillies offense will be swinging. And if Broxton gets back into the game, no doubt, Stairs will be somewhere in the darkness, waiting.”

    That is a great line.

    How important were the at bats of Victorino and Utley in the 8th? Neither player scored but those at bats really set the tone for the 9th… Broxton had to warm up and face one batter in the 8th before cooling down for a long time in the 9th. He was not nearly as effective in the 9th and that might have been because he was forced to come in for the 8th.

    I would agree that the article wasn’t bad until TJ went bush league with the fan/mascot bashing. Completely unnecessary… and it really didn’t fit in with the rest of the article. It is almost like the fan bashing was an afterthought… he probably wrote most of the article sober and then the stupid part when he was hunched over in an alcohol induced depression.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I love how everyone is so fearful of losing game 5. can we just enjoy this one for today. the phillies will NOT lose 3 straight games in a row. they are to good. hamels will go out and get the job done. if we lose, we still have lee going for us. lets just enjoy this one. yes, we should of won game 2 but the dodgers should have won game 4. its even. thats what happens in playoff games. our team will come out very hungry. i think the angels and yankees are going 7 so lets get this over and set up our pitching for the world series. do we all agree??

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Hamels WILL step up in my opinion. He has something to prove….to himself, to the fans and to his teammates.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Jimmy Rollins became the third player in baseball history to have delivered a walk-off, extra-base hit when their teams were one out away from losing a postseason game… ironically, the other two players were Dodgers (Cookie Lavagetto for Brooklyn in 1947 and Kirk Gibson for LA in 1988).

    That’s pretty cool…

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Don’t worry too much about that LA Times article. The guy is just frustrated after a couple of very tough losses just when they had a win in Game 2 that said that they might have hope this year. We would probably be the same if we were in his shoes.

    As for Game 5, anything can happen but I am confident we will win it. The Stadium will be rocking, the Phils are surging with confidence, the Dodgers are as down as a team can get, and Cole will be looking to be a force this off season. Padilla pitched great in game 2 but can he do the same on short rest, in the cold, and against a very hostile crowd? Nope.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Great little trivia tidbit Original Chuck P…cool stuff. I can remember that Gibson HR like it was yesterday.

  • Posts: 0 Keith E

    @Ed 2; I picked up on that also. They also referred to the Phils as “opposing team” when stating a stat. eg; “opposing teams are hitting .427 with runners in scoring position after the 7th inning in the NLCS.” Why does it hurt them to say the Phillies? There is only one opposing team. Oh well, I guess they’re prepping us for the treatment we will get if they play the Yankees in the WS.
    The Phils will put these guys away on Wednesday.
    GO PHILS!!!

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Awesome win. This team never says die. It’s truely amazing how they battle.

    That Kirk Gibson HR made me sick. Always liked the A’s since the Rollie FIngers, Reggie Jackson(went to my high school), et al.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    ah my good buddy TJ simmers… i loved last postseason when i got under his skin with my e-mail and he wrote me back calling ME pathetic. what a professional!

    my e-mail 10/16/2008:

    “And so the story of TJ Simmers’ 15 minutes of fame comes to a close in anti-climactic fashion. He never even got the recognition of Mike Wise, the Washington Capitols writer with an equally tabloid level smear piece about Philadelphia fans during the last NHL playoffs. Wise’s article became such a rallying point for the Flyers’ organization that they tried to give out copies to all the fans at the next home game. When the Washington Post wouldn’t grant them permission (for you see, Wise wrote for an actual newspaper that happened to post his articles online as well, instead of just being a glorified blogger), Dave Mustaine, the lead singer of Megadeth made a video for the Flyers saying they could work security for his band anytime they wanted. To understand the full story feel free to read here:


    No, TJ Simmers’ 15 minutes of fame has no grand theatrics. The most recognition he got was a slew of e-mails from Phillies fans putting him in his place, 80% of whom wrote better than he ever could hope to. No, TJ Simmers’ moment in the sun set with a whimper, not a bang. He woke up today realizing that he is a small, tired, middle aged man, with a sad excuse for a life, and a sad excuse for a profession. And he wished, deep down inside, that if only somehow, someway… he was a beat writer for a real team… the Philadelphia Phillies.

    So long TJ, I wish I could say it’s been fun.”

    TJ’s reply, same day:

    “get a life—you sound so pathetic”

  • Posts: 0 Handsome Jack

    Just one more! Will the real Cole Hamels please stand up !!!

  • Posts: 0 Anth

    My team nickname for the Phils the past two years – “The Goonies”, because Goonies never say die, Goonies never quit and thats what the Phils do! I love this team, I wanna see a Phillies goonies shirt!

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I’m still trying to figure out what is going on with Pedro Feliz’ nose? What is going on there? Pimple? Wart? Bigger question is it affecting his hitting?

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    psujoe – that would make you a Cheltenham Panther.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    That is correct OC. Class of 82.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I went to Souderton… ’01. I remember walking through the halls before a basketball game (a great gym… intimate but you can tell that at one time it was probably better than most) and seeing a picture of Reggie in a trophy case. It doesn’t get much better than Mr. October.

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Its amazing this team kept putting guys on base in the last few innings until they finally won it.
    It seems the players never had a doubt that they would eventually win.
    I’ve never seen anything like it!
    Go Phils…

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    It is a lot of fun to root for this team…

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I was a huge Reggie fan growing up(before he became a yankee of course, LOL). He was an incredible athlete with a cannon arm in his younger years for Oakland.

    How are Souderton’s teams these days? I don’t hear too much about them. It’s all North Penn sicne CB West split again. You guys always had solid teams back in the 80′s.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    While we are praising J-Roll, I will add on with my favorite story about him. My brother is a school teacher at a pretty rouch school in a pretty rough neighborhood. In May of 2007, his class was chosen by the Phillies to attend a game, and go on the field during batting practice and meet a bunch of the players. But there was a bad rain storm in the afternoon, and the game was delayed an hour and batting practice was cancelled. So my brother and the kids are just standing around in a concourse underneath the stadium. And they keep getting the stadium staff’s way, and they are feeling like an unwelcomed guest. And that is when Jimmy Rollins came out to talk to the kids. He talked to them for about 45 minutes. He ran into the locker room to get posters autographed for the kids. He even yelled at them for not having enough school spirit.

    I did not even know Bruntlett was on the playoff roster. Just the other week I was praising Bruntlett as the best pinch runner in the league. It would have been a nice thing for TBS to mention last night, Eric Bruntlett scored the winning runs in Game 3 and 5 of the World Series last year. But once I saw him come into the game, I knew something special was going to happen.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I read that article about the Dodgers, read the first half, and couldnt figure out what everyone was talking about. Talking about the Chokin Dodgers and stuff like that…It was great, THEN the snide classless idiot remarks started. “getting a look in the mirror at fans who might remind them of themselves.” Don’t get me wrong, but at the same time, compared to Dodgers fans, thats a compliment. Dodgers fans are FAR worse then any set of Philadelphia fans in Professional Sports. He also must be blind “these fans as ugly as any in the country.”

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Morris… the Bruntlett supporter is a rare breed. Not sure I’d label him the best of anything but he is serviceable and good things seem to find him.

    A lot of people have said that Reggie was fun to watch in HS. That would have been neat to see.

    Souderton has revamped their athletics over the past 5 years (I’m a volunteer assistant on the basketball team)… unfortunately, I was there during some bad years (early 2000′s weren’t kind to us… had to go through a few basketball and football coaches to find the right men for the job). The football team is solid (second in the conference behind NP right now… both teams undefeated in the conference, set to play each other on Friday but NP a huge favorite) and the basketball team is a perennial top 5 team within the district .

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I also love the TBS comment last night about how the Dodgers only needed 5 outs, because once Broxton comes into the game, the game is over.

    Another great moment by TBS was when they finally admitted that the Phillies lead the NL in comeback wins. All series they kept talking about how the Dodgers were second in the NL in comeback wins, but never once mentioned that the Phillies were first.

    The Phanatic should do a skit where he fights an LA fan, except the LA fan is late for the game.

    Damn, I can’t wait for tomorrow night.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Brian Sr… congratulations on the birth of your son!

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Two thing in reference to the post by Morris. 1st, J-Roll is a HIGH CLASS guy! Many fans, (me included at times) lose sight of that because of just how outspoken and at time loud and even obnoxious he can be, especially with the “Front-runners” comments, but that does NOT take away from his community service, which he does a TON of! Not to mention, I recall an article about Christmas 2007 as well. He dropped some money for a under priviledged family in South Philly. Something like Meals for a week, bills for the month, ALL the decorations, ALL the gifts for a family of 3 or 4 or something, some of which included TV’s, PS3, some high ticket items. All in all I think it was estimated in the 10-15 K range. True for him, thats chump change, but really he did NOT have to do it, but he did. He gave up his own time, and a significant amount of money (for the normal person) and brightened the holiday season for struggling family!

    2. About Bruntlett pinch running. We REALLY need to remember that. FAR too often this season we have been caught with some really STUPID base-running mistakes, double plays from the outfield things like that. Yesterday if there was a mistake on the basepaths, GAME OVER! Bruntlett and Chooch came up HUGE by not being caught on the basepaths. That situation has happened quite often this season, and far to often that was turned into a double play. Bruntlett might suck over all, but I for one have not questioned his baseball brain. He has heart and a brain for the game, just not a lot of skill. Good on the Beard and Chooch for not getting caught in a DP!

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