10/10/08 9:41 PM ET
Dodgers Short Hops: Game 2
By Michael Schwartz / MLB.com
Chad Billingsley self-destructed by yielding eight early runs, and the offense came up short in its comeback bid while the bullpen kept it close.
Casey Blake rifled a deep fly to center field with the tying runs on base with two outs in the seventh, but Shane Victorino made a leaping catch at the wall to end the threat.
2 -- The Dodgers allowed two more runs in two innings (the second and third) of Game 2 than they yielded in all three games against the Cubs in the National League Division Series. Game balls James McDonald
McDonald, who has tossed all of six Major League innings in the regular season, shut out the Phillies for 3 1/3 innings in his postseason debut, yielding just two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Ramirez did what he always does in the postseason, hooking his all-time-best 27th career postseason homer just over the left-field fence. The dinger cut the Phillies' lead to 8-5 in the fourth, but that ended the scoring for the day.
Loney collected a pair of hits and an RBI before drawing a walk in the ninth that brought the tying run to the plate against Brad Lidge.
Sense of October
Manager Joe Torre used four pitchers to close out the Phillies in the third inning. He relieved Billingsley with Chan Ho Park, brought lefty specialist Joe Beimel in for lefties Chase Utley and Ryan Howard and then called upon McDonald when those hitters reached.
4 AB, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 R
Comment: Martin did his job by getting on base twice in front of Los Angeles' power hitters, and that resulted in a pair of runs.
2.1 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Comment: Billingsley picked the worst possible time to give up the most runs in his career, getting shelled for four runs in both the second and third innings. Nobody could have seen this coming after Billingsley was Los Angeles' most consistent starter the past five months and dominated the Cubs in the NLDS.
"Sometimes when you're in that locker room and in that lineup, you tend to think things are worse than they are. You don't get to this time of year without having the capabilities of winning three or four games in a row. And we just have to just get that feel back, because we all know when you're playing five-game, seven-game series, momentum is such a huge factor and one game is really all we have to think about at this point in time." -- Torre
Hiroki Kuroda will head to the hill at Dodger Stadium aiming to pitch the Dodgers back into the series in Game 3, trailing 0-2. He compiled a 1.39 ERA in two outings against the Phillies this season, yielding just four hits in 13 innings.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.