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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Young King Cole: Phillies 3, Dodgers 2

It seemed to start with Furcal's sixth-inning error on Shane Victorino's leadoff grounder, which you could reasonably forgive. Lowe should have been able to roll with it, but instead he gave up a two-run homer to Chase Utley, and one out later, the game-winner to Pat Burrell. Jon suggested that Lowe might have been influenced by a collision at first base to end the third, though I'm pretty sure that wasn't an issue; those pointing to the error also have to add into their calculations the fact that Lowe gave up an out in the air in the first, and a flyball out to Jimmy Rollins to end the fifth.

Another possibility, and I think this has a lot of merit, is that Lowe didn't polish off the bottom of the Phils' lineup in order in the bottom of the fifth.

It's one game, and I'm not putting a lot on it. The Dodgers had their chances, the best being the third with two out and men on first and second; but James Loney struck out to end the frame. Tip the cap to Cole Hamels and move on; gotta get 'em tomorrow with Bills on the mound.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

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