There’s been bigger leads blown, and there’s been more jaw-dropping moments. But none, at least not in the last two decades, have been in a game this big, this important. The Dodgers merely had to protect a two run lead over the last five outs, and we’re looking at a brand new series. Not only would it be all knotted up, it would be a tie that – as much as ties can tilt to one side or another – would be in the Dodgers’ favor, with the momentum at their backs.
Now? Now this club is down three games to one facing a Phillies club that’s got all the momentum and has finally broken the road curse between these two teams. Now the Dodgers have to win three in a row – two in Philly – or pack it up and go home.
Blame Cory Wade if you must. Blame Jonathan Broxton, fine. Ask Russell Martin when he plans to start hitting this series. I know I’d sure like to know why in the hell Joe Torre took out Hong-Chih Kuo in the 8th inning despite letting Kuo bat for himself in the bottom of the 7th, and after Kuo completely dominated the Phillies in the top of the 7th. Because Ryan Howard got a groundball single, that hit just about anywhere else in the infield, is an out? Please.
I need to take a deep breath and step away from this one until tomorrow.
- Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness