MLB Division and League Championship Series

Season 2008 Episode 23

2008 NLCS, Game 5: Phillies at Dodgers

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2008 NLCS, Game 5: Phillies at Dodgers
October 15th, 2008: Philadelphia Phillies 5 at Los Angeles Dodgers 1 F - Using a Hollywood script without a surprise ending, the Phillies captured the National League pennant Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium with a 5-1 win over the Dodgers. With the triumph in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series comes Philadelphia's first trip to the World Series since 1993. That team lost to the Blue Jays. "Yes, we're going to the World Series," Ryan Howard said, shouting. "That sounds really good to say." 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. "I didn't see it," Rollins said. "I just hit it and took off, not taking anything for granted. I knew [if it dropped in] I was getting on second, and if they made a mistake, I was going to get on third." He got home. With a 1-0 lead and the ball in ace Cole Hamels' sterling left hand, a ticket to the World Series seemed inevitable. 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. The Phils await the winner of the American League Championship Series, in which the Rays lead the Red Sox, 3-1. 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. 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 fimoreless

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