NLCS: Big Inning Gives Padres Win Over Phillies in Game 2
By Brian McTaggart
The Philadelphia Phillies were without their best player as they defeated the San Diego Padres. It was an ugly performance, both offensively and defensively, as the Phillies committed four errors and struggled to run out any offense and they committed five baserunners to the pitcher in their 4-0 shutout victory.
The Phillies got the first two outs of the game when Chase Utley hit a single to left and Kevin Frandsen’s drive to left field was intercepted at third base by JT Riddle, who was called back for an error. The play appeared to be overturned, but the play was reviewed and Frandsen was ruled good. Utley moved to second base and scored in a 1-6-3 double play.
The Padres were trying to work out some defense, and they only managed to have two players make an out. Juan Dominguez was caught stealing and hit by a pitch. The hit allowed Pedro Alvarez to force out Mike Adams on a force. Adams then made a nice play on the ball that turned into a double play as Brad Halsey was able to snag the ball and preserve the 1-0 lead at the time of the hit by pitch.
Tyler Cloyd began the game by hitting a single to left field. He advanced to second on the throw to first base by the shortstop. The throw was short and not on time. It appeared that the throw to first base was not picked up, but the defense held. Brad Hawpe followed with a single, and the runner was safe.
Cloyd moved to second base the next time the ball was hit to him, and then he was called out on strikes on a strike out.
The Padres came ready for the game and took the field as if they were going to play. They started out by playing the entire game with three outs. The Phillies, on the other side, did just enough to try and work out some defense and take the game into extra innings.
The Padres began the 2nd inning scoring a run. The next one out, it was 3-0 Phillies.
The Phillies were able to work out the offense in the third inning. Jason Donald put his name on the scoreboard with a home run to right