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10/15/08 10:40 PM ET

DeWitt's DPs dash Dodgers' hopes

Rookie's grounders stifle rallies in second, fifth innings

LOS ANGELES -- Blake DeWitt grounded into a pair of rally-crippling double plays in the second and fifth innings of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, crushing blows with Phillies starter Cole Hamels dealing on the mound.

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DeWitt stepped to the plate with runners at first and second and one out in the second, but a 4-6-3 twin killing ended that threat with the Dodgers trailing, 1-0, at the time.

Then in the fifth, Casey Bake and Matt Kemp led off with hits as Los Angeles hoped to stage a rally trailing 5-0. But the inning went to the wayside after DeWitt grounded into another 4-6-3 double play before pinch-hitter Jeff Kent struck out to end the threat.

DeWitt came up with the big hit in Game 3, lacing a bases-clearing triple to put the Dodgers up by an insurmountable 5-0 margin. But the rookie second baseman, who was replaced by Kent in a double-switch after the fifth, is hitting just 1-for-13 (.077) in the series.

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.