With the Dodgers and Cardinals set to square off in the NLCS tonight, we took a look back at the last Dodger victory in the NLCS.
In 2009, the Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies and this was the second year in a row that the two teams played each other, with the Phillies taking it in 2008.
The Phillies came into Dodger Stadium and took Game 1 by a score of 8-6.
In Game 2, the Dodgers sent out Vicente Padilla, while the Phillies countered with Pedro Martinez. The game was a pitchers’ duel as both pitchers went at least seven innings and allowed one run combined. The run came off the bat of Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard in the fourth inning as he launched a solo home run.
In the eighth inning, the Dodgers found some offense when Casey Blake led off the inning with a single followed by a bunt single by Ronnie Belliard. Russell Martin then came up and hit a ground ball that appeared to be a tailor-made double play; however, second baseman Chase Utley threw the ball away, allowing Blake’s pinch-runner Juan Pierre to score the Dodgers’ first run.
Then, a single by Jim Thome put runners on the corners. The Phillies brought in Ryan Madson, who then walked Rafael Furcal to load the bases. Matt Kemp came up, but couldn’t deliver and struck out, sending Andre Ethier to the plate. The Phillies then brought in the lefty J.A. Happ.
Happ couldn’t get the job done and walked Ethier to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
Closer Jonathan Broxton came on and finished the game for the Dodgers and tied the series at one.
The Dodgers would go on to lose the next three games and the series in Philadelphia, but Game 2 stands as the last NLCS victory for the Dodgers as they hope to change that tonight in St. Louis.
Here’s video of the Dodgers winning Game 2: