Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Broxton's Stairs-Way To Heaving: Phillies 5, Dodgers 4
His first pitch to Stairs was about 100 mph. But it was also outside the strike zone."I wasn't going to give him anything to hit"? Dude, this is a bench player with one at-bat in the series. You call yourself a closer and you're afraid of Matt "The Wonder Hamster" Stairs?
Said Stairs: "I thought, 'Oh Lord.' "
Said Broxton: "I never want to give it up to a guy off the bench."
The next pitch was a ball. Then another ball. Then another ball.
Said Stairs: "He just couldn't throw strikes."
Said Broxton: "I wasn't going to give him anything to hit."
That's just damned embarrassing.
Otherwise: Broxton's choke erased a really well-pitched game, and a solid outing by the Dodgers' offense that should have ended in a win. They try to stave off a Phillies date with the eventual winner of the Angels/Yanks series on Thursday.