10/16/09 8:30 PM ET
Dodgers Short Hops: Game 2
Rally ties series after Padilla shuts down Phillies
By David Ely / MLB.com
Once Pedro Martinez left after seven innings, the Dodgers rallied past the Philadelphia bullpen in the eighth to tie the series.
It looked like Russell Martin was going to ground into a rally-killing double play in the eighth inning, but Chase Utley threw the ball away for the second time this series. Juan Pierre scored on the error to tie the game.
1 -- The Phillies had one error on Friday, but it contributed to the loss. Utley's errant throw to first base on a potential double play let Pierre tie the game and led to the Dodgers' comeback win. Game balls
Padilla dominated the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL Division Series and then pitched even better against the Phillies in Game 2 of the NLCS.
Ethier gets a four-ball rating in honor of the four balls he drew off Phillies reliever J.A. Happ to plate the game-winning run in the eighth inning.
Martin was the only Dodgers batter to reach base three times Friday. He singled in the third, got hit by a pitch in the sixth and reached on an error in the eighth. He also scored the game's winning run when Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk.
Sense of October
Padilla left the game with one out in the eighth inning to a standing ovation -- even though he was down a run. He definitely earned the cheer with one of the best performances of his career.
3 AB, 1 H, 1 K
Comment: Blake made amends for his 0-for-7 start to the NLCS with a single off Chan Ho Park in the eighth inning. Pierre pinch-ran for Blake, but that single got everything started.
7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
Comment: Padilla pitched his best game in a Dodgers uniform Friday afternoon against the Phillies. He only really made one mistake -- a curveball up and on the outside part of the plate -- but it was hit for a home run by Ryan Howard.
"That's why they call it home-field advantage. The crowd played a huge part today." -- Blake
The Dodgers head to Philadelphia riding high after a comeback win. They'll look to reclaim home-field advantage when Hiroki Kuroda gets the call in Game 3 on Sunday night.
David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.