NLCS: Big Inning Gives Padres Win Over Phillies in Game 2
PHILADELPHIA — From the right field seat at Citizens Bank Park, it looked like the Padres were ready to roll, as they walked off in the first of a three-game series against the Phillies. It also looked like the Phillies weren’t going to bring it after that, as they lost Game 1 of a three-game set by a 5-1 score.
The Phillies scored early, on an infield single by a rookie shortstop, Ruben Tejada. The Dodgers won Game 1 of their first-round series against the Brewers, so the Phillies probably didn’t need Game 2. Then, the Padres came out and got the first two runs off Cliff Lee in the third inning, thanks to two errors.
Now the Dodgers have the tiebreaker, and the Padres will take the first game of the series. The Phillies are still 0-2 in this series, the first time they’ve been mathematically eliminated from the pennant race.
After the scoreless first inning, the Phillies erupted for six runs in the second inning. Nick Punto led off the inning with a walk, and then Freddy Sanchez followed, reaching base on a walk, single and a wild pitch, before scoring on Brett Myers‘ fielder’s choice grounder.
The Padres answered back in the fourth with nine runs, and got an RBI single from Chase Headley right before the inning ended.
Brett Hayes started the fifth inning by throwing a wild pitch, and he got an infield single from Rafael Furcal, as the Phillies came back with five runs in the fifth. It stayed that way until the seventh inning, when the Padres scored three runs, including the game-winning run on a wild pitch from Juan Uribe.
The Phillies couldn’t come back in the ninth, losing to a 2-1 score.
In the third inning, Adam Eaton gave up a two-run home run to Cliff Lee.
The Phillies scored two more runs in the fifth inning against Lee.
The Phillies scored an insurance run in the ninth inning off Jeff Keppinger.
In the first inning, the Dodgers scored an unearned run off Furcal.
In the second inning,