Phillie HRs Turn Out Lights on Dodgers Season

Los Angeles made up for a lack of home run power, rolling to the N.L. West title with 95 victories, most in the National League, but they were battered by Philadelphia for the second consecutive year, losing 10-4 in the fifth game and the series four games to one.

Vincente Padilla, the hottest starter on the staff, couldn't get an out in the fourth inning, eventually being tagged for six runs and Los Angeles could never overcome the early deficit.

He was followed by Ramon Troncoso and George Sherrill, who shared a scoreless inning. Clayton Kershaw, the proposed Game 6 starter, was pressed into action and he allowed a two-run homer. Hong Chih Kuo gave up a solo homer and Ron Belisario wild-pitched in a run in the eighth.

The Dodgers could counter only with three solo home runs, by Andre Ethier in the first, giving them a 1-0 lead, by James Loney in the second, cutting the Phillies lead to 3-2, and by pinch-hitter Orlando Hudson, in the fifth inning in probably his last appearance in Dodger Blue.

Trailing 9-3 in the eighth inning, Los Angeles made a run at the Phills, opening with singles by Ron Belliard and Ethier and a walk from Manny Ramirez.

Matt Kemp lined a single to center to drive in a run and leave the bases jammed and it looked for a moment the Dodgers might climb back into the game, but as suddenly as it appeared, it disappeared.

James Loney fouled out on a first-pitch change, Russell Martin struck out and Casey Blake, who finished the series 1-for-19 (.105) bounced into a force play.

Along with the collapse of the starting staff, the Dodgers batters had an equally unfortunate time. After rapping out a team LCS record 14 hits in the first game (and leaving 10 of them on base), they had five hits in their 2-1 win, three in the 11-0 shutout, and eight in the painful 5-4 loss.

In the final game they managed eight hits (the same as Philadelphia) giving them 38 hits and a .247 average in the series with nine of the hits for extra bases including six home runs. And they were 7-for-36 with runners in scoring position, a sickly .194.

Philadelphia had only 36 hits and a .231 average but 15 of their hits were for extra bases. They had six doubles, three triples and 10 home runs.

Over the five-game series, the Phillies scored 35 runs (to 16 for Los Angeles) and 22 of them came on homers. In the final loss of the series they only had eight hits but six of them were for extra bases.

Despite Padilla's outstanding effort in game two, the starting staff allowed 21 runs in 21.2 innings for an extremely ugly 8.86 earned run average.

The Dodgers have 15 free agents on their roster, including Manny Ramirez, Orlando Hudson, Ron Belliard, Jon Garland, Vincente Padilla, Randy Wolf, Mark Loretta, Juan Castro and Jim Thome.

"I'm surprised. But you have to play better," Torre said. "We have the capability and the talent, but that's all well and good. It's like having that good team on paper, you still have to go out there and play between the lines.

"The Phillies this year, we gave them a little harder tussle than last year, but they still were able to do what they did better than what we were able to do."
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	110 010 010- 4
Philadelphia	310 202 11x-10	

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  0  1  0  .143
Belliard 2b	4  1  1  0  .316
Ethier rf	4  1  2  1  .263
Ramirez lf	3  0  1  0  .263
Kemp cf	        4  0  1  1  .250
Loney 1b	3  1  1  1  .350
Martin c	4  0  0  0  .250
Blake 3b	4  0  0  0  .105
Padilla p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sherrill p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hudson ph	1  1  1  1  .250
 Kershaw p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Kuo p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  0  0  0  .500
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 Totals	        35  4 8 4
 Philadelphia	31 10 8 9	

 Two-base hits- Furcal (1). HR- Ethier (1),
Loney (2), Hudson (1). RBI- Ethier (3), Loney
(3), Hudson (1), Kemp (2). LOB- Los Angeles 7.
Philadelphia 5. RISP- Los Angeles 1-for-6,
Philadelphia 1-for-4.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
Padilla (0-1)	3.0  4  6-6  2  3  6.10
Troncoso	0.2  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
Sherrill	0.1  0  0-0  0  1 13.50
Kershaw	        2.0  1  2-2  1  3  9.45
Kuo        	1.0  1  1-1  0  3  2.25
Belisario	1.0  2  1-1  0  0 10.80
 WP- Belisario. HBP- By Troncoso, by Kershaw.
Time- 3:40. Att- 46,214

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