10/22/09 12:38 AM ET
Dodgers Short Hops: Game 5
Season ends with loss to Phillies in NLCS
By David Ely / MLB.com
The Dodgers' starting pitching didn't hold up for a fourth time this series, and the Phillies rolled to a series-clinching win.
The Dodgers grabbed momentum when Andre Ethier hit a solo home run in the first inning, but the Phillies answered with a blast of their own in the bottom half. Jayson Werth crushed a three-run home run over the right-field fence to put Philadelphia on top for good.
10 -- The Dodgers gave up 10 home runs to the Phillies during the NLCS. Game balls
Padilla was dominant in Game 2, but he couldn't deliver another strong outing Wednesday night. For whatever reason, Padilla kept grooving fastballs down the middle to the Philadelphia batters -- to which they responded with four runs on two homers in the first two innings.
Ramirez singled in the first inning with nobody on base, but he couldn't come through in one of the game's bigger moments. In the fifth inning of a 6-3 game, Ramirez had his bat broken and grounded out to end the inning with two runners on base.
Loney hit a solo home run in the second inning to continue his strong play in the National League Championship Series, but he came up short in the eighth inning. The Dodgers had the bases loaded with no outs and trailed, 9-4, with Loney at the plate. But Loney swung at the first pitch he saw and fouled out.
Sense of October
George Sherrill came out of the bullpen to face Shane Victorino in the fourth inning. Joe Torre said it would be "all hands on deck" in Game 5 and that included going to his setup man in the fourth.
1 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Comment: Hudson didn't start a single game in the postseason, but he made the most of his one at-bat in Game 5. Hudson ripped a home run over the left-field fence in the fifth inning to pull the Dodgers within three runs.
2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 K
Comment: Kershaw came out of the 'pen and couldn't hold the Dodgers' deficit to just three runs. Kershaw hit Jimmy Rollins on the foot in the sixth inning and then gave up a mammoth two-run home run to Shane Victorino.
"We weren't the best team this week, I don't think that's any secret." -- Torre
There isn't one -- at least for the Dodgers. The Phillies move on to the World Series, where they'll face either the Yankees or the Angels.
David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.