The Pub Sports Radio Baseball Show Recap: 2009 NLCS Game 4, Phillies vs Dodgers
Written by Pub Sports Radio on May 3, 2020
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Phillies vs Dodgers Postseason History:
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers were set for a 2009 NLCS rematch one year after the 2008 World Series Champions beat the Dodgers in the 2008 NLCS, along with the fifth meeting in the NLCS. The Phillies and Dodgers were trending in past history where they faced off against each other in the 1977,1978, and 1983 NLCS as well the head to head series was tied at 2-2. Phillies had the early edge in the series. The Dodgers home field advantage would not last long after the Phillies would steal game 1 in LA. After the Dodgers won a 2-1 pitcher’s duel, Phillies returned home with an 11-0 win. That sets the tone for game four.
Game 4 2009 NLCS Dodgers at Phillies:
Phillies would waste no time continuing game three’s success. After a 1-2-3 inning by Joe Blanton in the top of the first after a leadoff single from Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies slugger Ryan Howard continued his postseason success with a two-run home run on a line drive to right field to give the home team a quick 2-0 lead. After a quiet next couple of innings, the Dodgers finally cracked the Phillies starting pitching. After 18 1/3 scoreless from Phillies starting pitching, James Loney and Russell Martin would pick up RBI singles in the fourth to even the game. Red hot Dodger Matt Kemp would crush a home run to dead center field to give the Dodgers their first lead of the game. Casey Blake would hit an RBI single for a 4-2 lead and third straight inning the Dodgers would score. Chase Utley would respond for the Phillies in the bottom half of the sixth roping an RBI single to right field. The game would remain that way until the Phillies best friend otherwise known as the Dodgers closer entered the game. Phillies have scored 18 runs in 24 innings and the made sure to make the game four ninth-inning no different. With two outs and runners on first and second, the Phillies looked to walk off game four and take a commanding three games to one lead in the series. The legendary Phillies shortstop once again delivered for his team with a double in the gap and a walk-off two-RBI double for a 5-4 Phillies victory. Phillies would close the series out in game 5 with a 10-4 victory and would go on to lose the World Series in six games to the Yankees.
Ryan Howard– After much debate, Howard was the eventual winner for setting the tone in the game with a first-inning home run. This mixed with the relentless play in the postseason hitting .385 with 12 RBIs already to that point in the postseason gave him the GOAT award.
David Freese Career Climax:
Jimmy Rollins- The former 2007 MVP winner, multiple time Gold Glove winner, once again came through for his ball club. With the game on the line down to their final two strikes of the game, Rollins delivered and 2RBI double into right-center field, making it an easy choice for David Freese award.
John Broxton– This was another easy choice for the Baseball Show crew. Broxton came into the game having to hold a 4-3 lead. After getting his only batter in the 8th the half-inning layoff into the bottom of the ninth seem to get to him. He went wild in the ninth with four straight balls and then a hit batsman before the eventual walk off.
Best at Bat:
Jimmy Rollins- There were a few drawn-out at-bats along with the Ryan Howard home run for nominations. However, when it is all said and done the at-bat that made the most sense was this Rollins one. As the hosts have wanted more than a one-pitch at-bat for the big one, they got that and then they walk-off made the ultimate decision.
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