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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Two Games

No Thanks, I've Had My Phil: Phillies 8, Dodgers 5

Chad Billingsley was pretty miserable in this one, and there really isn't much to say about it beyond that. Oh, sure, he looked great in the first, but he all but singlehandedly sunk the team in the second and third, and did so without spotting the Phils so much as one home run. Shane Victorino triple in the third, cashing in both men on base, but the night's real improbable event was pitcher Brett Myers going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. That's always a sign that something's wrong.

Manny got the Dodgers a look at the game late with a three-run homer in the fourth to put his club back by only three, but they never got any further thanks to the usual tight-as-a-drum Philadelphia bullpen. (Casey Blake hit a close-but-no-cigar fly that Victorino caught to end the seventh that would have tied the game had it been just a few feet toward the foul poles.) The Dodgers have a lot of work to do when they get back home. It sounds trite; it sounds like their luck is running out.

As an aside to this story, Tony Jackson has a piece up about Shane Victorino and why he didn't stay a Dodger: twice.

Update: I can't believe I got out of this without mentioning James McDonald's 3.1 excellent innings of relief. Maybe he should have started ... this was supposed to be Billingsley's "coming out" party, but it turned out to be the other thing.

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Coasting To Another Dull World Series: Red Sox 2, Rays 0

The air is full of firsts lately in Tampa, but an ALCS win will have to wait. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who must be the most annoying pitcher in the world to watch as a fan, walked the bags loaded with two out in the first, but he got Cliff Floyd to bounce out to first to end the threat.

Jed Lowrie's fifth inning sac fly was all the offense Boston needed, though they did pick up another run in the eighth on Kevin Youkilis' RBI double. I left to walk the dogs after that; Boston is making the postseason less and less interesting every year.

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