LOS ANGELES -- An hour after his win and one of the postseason's most intriguing storylines had slipped away,
It was the second time that afternoon that Martinez had been told to leave when he looked perfectly comfortable and capable of staying even longer. The first had come in the bottom of the seventh inning, when manager
The Dodgers were delighted to see Pedro and his dancing array of curveballs and change-ups exit. Manager
Taking Martinez out of the game was a questionable decision that, like the rest of the afternoon for the Phillies, soon blew up in their faces. With Pedro out of the game, the Phillies lead was shortly gone as well, and so was the stranglehold they had on the NLCS. Said shortstop
It's something the Dodgers have specialized in this postseason. For the second straight series, they rallied for a Game 2 win thanks as much to their opponent's miscues as to their own penchant for punishing foes for those mistakes. "We're just not the type of team to give up," said first baseman
Four batters later, the bases were loaded, the fourth Phillies pitcher of the inning (
Or you walk, which is what Ethier did, laying off a pair of tough pitches from Happ to force in the go-ahead run. "You want to get the job done swinging," he said. "That's natural. All year, Joe's wanted me to swing the bat."
That's because this season Ethier developed into one of the game's most feared players, topping 30 home runs (he finished with 31) and 100 RBIs (106) for the first time. Now in his fourth big league season, he also increased his walks for the fourth straight year. He joked afterward that he's more patient at the plate than "other areas of my life." It's an approach he learned in two places. The first, he says, came from the 18-mile commute he used to have to make each way from his home in suburban Phoenix to high school every day. The second came from his years in the Oakland A's farm system, where he was a second-round pick in 2003. "From Day 1 there they teach you plate-zone discipline," he said.
Ethier got some more valuable advice before his at-bat from
It was the second stirring comeback of the postseason, on the heels of a regular season in which they made such victories almost routine. "My guys don't know fear, that's all I can tell you," Torre said later.
A 2-0 series deficit and the prospect of beating the defending world champions twice in three games just to get the series back to L.A. would have been daunting. It's unclear yet just how much momentum from this latest miracle will carry over given that they still have to face