10/20/09 12:45 AM ET
Dodgers Short Hops: Game 4
No margin for error after losing in ninth inning to Phillies
By David Ely / MLB.com
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Jonathan Broxton needed one more out to tie the series, but Jimmy Rollins ripped a fastball into the gap for a game-winning hit.
As soon as the ball left Rollins' bat, you knew the game was over. Rollins' hit scored two runs and there was no play at the plate. Big number
8 -- The Dodgers left eight runners on base in Game 4. Game balls
Wolf got off to a rocky start in the first inning when Ryan Howard homered to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead, but he settled down after that blast. Wolf retired 12 straight batters after Howard's home run and gave the Dodgers a chance to get back in the game. He also figured out a way to slow down Howard -- throw him a lot of breaking balls.
Kemp was the first Dodgers player to reach base when he walked in the fourth inning, and he scored their first run when James Loney singled later that inning. But Kemp's biggest accomplishment was his fifth-inning home run that not only gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead -- it gave the club its first extra-base hit since Game 1 of the NLCS.
Blake busted out of his NLCS slump with an RBI single in the sixth inning, but he couldn't provide the other big hit that would have opened up the game. Blake left the bases loaded in the fourth inning and ended the eighth with runners stranded at first and second.
Sense of October
The callback to last year's Game 4 is almost impossible to ignore. In Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS, Broxton gave up a two-run homer to Matt Stairs to break an eighth-inning tie.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K
Comment: Loney drove in the first run of the game for the Dodgers with an RBI single in the fourth inning. He was also the only Dodgers player to have two hits in Game 4.
1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB
Comment: The 18-minute wait for Broxton during the top of the ninth might have affected his rhythm. Something definitely looked off for Broxton when he walked Stairs, hit Carlos Ruiz with one out and then gave up the game-winner to Rollins.
"One ballgame and we go home. When you're in the postseason, you certainly have been capable of winning three games in a row. Our mindset is playing one game at a time." -- Joe Torre
It will be a challenge for the Dodgers to put this one behind them, and they will have a day off on Tuesday to think about it. The Dodgers will look to avoid elimination in Game 5 on Wednesday.
David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.