10/10/08 12:14 AM ET
Dodgers Short Hops: Game 1
By Michael Schwartz / MLB.com
Derek Lowe yielded two crucial homers in the sixth to lose the lead after tossing five shutout innings, and the offense never regained it.
Lowe's face told the story of the game after he gave up game-deciding home runs to Chase Utley and Pat Burrell in the sixth.
12 -- The number of groundouts the sinkerballer Lowe recorded to just two flyouts. Game balls
Ramirez got the Dodgers off on the right foot with an RBI double to deep center in the first inning.
The first five innings were vintage Lowe, with the sinkerballer inducing ground ball after ground ball, but his shaky sixth left him on the wrong side of a pitchers' duel with Cole Hamels.
With Lowe dealing on the mound, DeWitt made a number of athletic plays at second base to back him. The rookie also drove in the club's second run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Sense of October
The Dodgers already know what happens when a club makes errors this time of year by the way they made the Cubs pay for their four errors in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, and Rafael Furcal's fielding error to start Philadelphia's three-run sixth falls right in line with that.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 R
Comment: The Dodgers moved Ethier to the No. 2 spot from the No. 4 slot after he went 1-for-10 against the Cubs hitting cleanup, and he promptly whacked a pair of hits in his first two at-bats after raking all September when batting in front of Ramirez.
5.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Comment: Lowe only gave up three hits in his first 4 2/3 innings but then seemed to run out of steam, yielding a pair of hits before closing out the fifth, which preceded the game-deciding three-run sixth.
"Tomorrow will be the first game we're going after somebody after we lose. ... But I think they have a lot of confidence in themselves and they've been working hard. And, again, when you get to this time of year, you play the best teams. You face the best players and the pitchers and things are going to happen -- for the most part, they're going to be close." -- manager Joe Torre Next step
The Dodgers will send their leader in wins, ERA and strikeouts to the mound in Game 2 when Chad Billingsley takes the ball aiming to secure a split of the first two games in Philadelphia.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.