10/14/08 1:10 AM EST
Phillies Short Hops: Game 4
Victorino, Stairs provide clutch one-two punch to KO LA
By Kevin Horan / MLB.com
Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs came through with clutch, two-run homers in the eighth to lift Philadelphia to a come-from-behind victory.
Stairs' first career postseason home run came at exactly the right time for the Phillies. The 40-year-old came up as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and smacked a long fly ball off Dodgers hurler Jonathan Broxton into the right-field seats. It was the first home run Broxton allowed since May 31, and it allowed the Phils to take a two-run lead that they would not relinquish.
4 -- The Phillies' four-run eighth inning proved to be the difference in the game. Game balls Shane Victorino
The Phils' center fielder continued his stretch of clutch postseason hitting with a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.
The veteran came off the bench to blast a two-run homer that gave Philly their eighth-inning lead.
The Phillies' closer was called upon early on Monday night, entering with two outs in the eighth inning to close out Philly's 7-5 win.
Sense of October
Throughout the 2008 season, manager Charlie Manuel has hesitated to bring in Lidge before the ninth. But with Manny Ramirez coming to the plate in the eighth, Manuel brought in Lidge, who battled through a tense inning before setting down the Dodgers in order in the ninth.
1 AB, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Comment: The line tells most of the story: Stairs came through with a pinch-hit, two-run homer that proved to be the difference in the game.
1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Comment: Lidge recorded his first four-out save since 2006.
"This was the biggest game we've won so far. But the next one is even bigger. That's kind of how we look at it."-- Manuel
The Phillies are one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1993. On Wednesday, they will have their ace, Cole Hamels, on the mound to try to close out the Dodgers.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.