And then the strangest thing happened.
It's true, it happened. There were witnesses and everything.
The Dodgers proved all too human Sunday, a pair of
The loss snapped all kinds of Dodgers streaks: winning 10 straight, 12 consecutive victories in one-run games and 30 wins in a row when scoring first.
That's how things had been going with the Dodgers for almost two months now. They constantly found different ways to pull out close victories, so even when the Phillies tied the score, 2-2, in the sixth inning, it was hard not to feel they would find a way to come back.
Hairston could not come up with a poor throw from Ramirez in the ninth inning, the ball apparently nipping the lip of the grass and coming up awkwardly on one hop. Hairston could not handle the hop and Ramirez was charged with error No. 1.
For a rare day, the Dodgers failed to make plays.
Both starters pitched well, though neither were involved in the final decision.
The Dodgers opened the scoring in the second inning, and in quick fashion when
Ethier got it going again in the fourth inning with a one-out single. He took second on a Hamels wild pitch and scored on a Hairston hit. The Dodgers, though, could never add any runs.
The Phillies cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning when rookie
Philadelphia tied it in the sixth after Nolasco hit
And once again the throw sailed too high for the cutoff man and arrived late at third. And yet again, the hitter happily ran to second base to put him in scoring position.