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2008 NLCS, Game 5: Phillies at Dodgers

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2008 NLCS, Game 5: Phillies at Dodgers
October 15, 2008: 2008 NLCS, Game 5, Philadelphia Phillies 5 at Los Angeles Dodgers 1, F -- Using a Hollywood script without a surprise ending, the Phillies captured the National League pennant and their first trip to the World Series since 1993. That team lost to the Blue Jays. Never straying from their opportunistic best, the Phillies leapt out when Jimmy Rollins scorched a homer on the game's eighth pitch -- much like he did in the deciding Division Series game against Milwaukee. Rollins' drive to right-center field, the 10th leadoff homer in LCS history, rattled Dodgers righty Chad Billingsley, and the 24-year-old unraveled in the third. Walks to Rollins and Chase Utley followed by two-out RBI singles by Howard and Pat Burrell pushed the lead to 3-0. Billingsley's final act was issuing an intentional walk to new Phillies postseason hero Shane Victorino. With a 1-0 lead and the ball in ace Cole Hamels' sterling left hand, a ticket to the World Series seemed inevitable. Sloppy Dodgers defense, specifically three errors by shortstop Rafael Furcal, led to two unearned runs in the fifth. While Hamels welcomed the support, he was at his dominating best, posting a 1.23 ERA in three postseason starts. He ended each of his final five innings with strikeouts. The final one came on his 104th pitch, and caught Jeff Kent looking, preserving a four-run lead. The Dodgers never had a chance against Hamels, who was named the NLCS MVP. The left-hander bested his Game 1 performance with seven innings of five-hit ball, allowing one run and striking out five. At that moment, the Dodgers had two runners on and Kent could've pulled the Dodgers within a run with one swing. He didn't. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge handled the final six outs, setting off a celebration that had been coming for 15 years.moreless
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