Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Bill Conlin: It takes a while, but Phillies' dramatic rally in ninth pushes Dodgers to the brink Philadelphia Daily News

This was not one of those nights . . . Another improbable Phillies comeback, this time against the closer of a bullpen who had thrown 2 1/3 hitless innings going into the bottom of the ninth, when the bottom of the order began the dramatic comeback.

Joe Blanton was perfect for three and imperfect for three more. He left trailing, 4-2, after a flat-footed throw by Pedro Feliz turned into an unearned run in the sixth that appeared to be the final shovelful of earth.

The Dodgers clung to the ledge and the Phillies finally stomped them off it. But a team known for its bounceability failed to parlay that unearned run and it began to unravel for the Dodgers when Jonathan Broxton walked 2008 nemesis Matt Stairs with one out in the ninth. Then he hit Carlos Ruiz and the Bank mob came to life after sitting on its towels most of the game. With Eric Bruntlett running for Stairs, Greg Dobbs lined softly to third.

And then. And then . . .

Jimmy Rollins unfurled the biggest and most dramatic hit of his brilliant career, a screaming double up the alley in right-center to score the tying and winning runs and set a city back on fire.

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