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Dodgers blow a seven-run lead in 10-9 loss to Phillies


What a meltdown. What a completely miserable meltdown.

After leading 9-2 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Dodgers suffered their most crushing loss of the season Thursday when Carlos Ruiz completed a stunning Philadelphia comeback with a two-run double off the wall against Jonathan Broxton for a 10-9 Phillies victory.

The Phillies scored four times in the eighth off Ronald Belisario and four more times off Broxton in the ninth.

For Broxton, it continued a miserable history against the Phillies. Philadelphia loaded the bases in the ninth without a hit as Broxton hit batter and gave up a pair of walks. Casey Blake then booted a potential double-play grounder for a two-run error before Ruiz completed the comeback.

Struggling Matt Kemp returned to the lineup after a two-game benching and drove in four runs, two on his team-high 19th home run.

After being shut out the previous night, the Dodgers went right to work against Joe Blanton, scoring three times in the first.

Scott Podsednik led off with a single to center and James Loney drew a two-out walk before a succession of singles by Ronnie Belliard, Kemp and Jamey Carroll each drove in a run.

The Phillies got one back in the second against Clayton Kershaw after Ruiz singled and Wilson Valdez doubled him to third. Blanton managed to drive in the run when he bounced out to Belliard at third.

Philadelphia made it a 3-2 game in the fourth when Jayson Werth singled, stole second and scored on a Ruiz hit.

The Dodgers, however, got the run back in the fifth after Ryan Theriot singled and an Andre Ethier single sent him to third.

Belliard lined out to Raul Ibanez in medium left, but Theriot tagged anyway. The throw by Ibanez was on line, but Theriot made a terrific slide, going to the far side of the plate to elude the Ruiz tag and then touch the plate with his left hand.

The Dodgers got to reliever Chad Durbin in the seventh when Loney singled and Kemp drilled his two-run homer to left.

The Dodgers seemed to have the game put away after scoring three runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Blake, Kemp and Carroll to take a 9-2 lead.

But the Phillies managed to turn it into a nervous affair against a lost-looking Belisario in the eighth.

Belisario gave up four runs on four hits and a bizarre balk when he faked a throw to third, despite there being no runner at the base. He did not record an out.

Beleaguered reliever George Sherrill followed Kenley Jansen to put an end to the Phillies’ rally.

Broxton came on to close it in the ninth, but did not record an out.

The loss dropped them nine games behind the Padres.

The Dodgers, who had 18 hits against the Phillies on Tuesday, had 15 on Thursday.

Kershaw went 6 2/3 innings. He gave up the two runs on six hits and a pair of walks, with four strikeouts.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is swarmed by teammates (from left) Mike Sweeney (5), Brian Schneider and Greg Dobbs (19) after hitting the game-winning, two-run double in the ninth inning against the Dodgers on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. Credit: Barbara Johnston / US Presswire

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this is, by far, the most entertaining set of comments this season. and we all have mr. torre and mr. broxton to thank. broxton, since, and including the yankee debacle on the last sunday of june, has allowed 30 baserunners (17 hits and 13 walks) in 13 2/3 innings, given up 15 runs, 4 losses, 3 blown saves (which doesn't include the yankee game because he came in when it wasn't a save opportunity), and, i'm sure, at least a few thousand ulcers to LA fans. anyone else would be in the minors by now. how long of a leash does this guy get? he's not gagne, he's not saito, he's an 8th inning set-up guy. the ninth inning is poison to his arm and head. get him out of there before he becomes don stanhouse. ugh.

I just re-watched the last two hideous innings (what can I say, masochism runs in the family). First off, I have to beyond-grudgingly give all due-grudging-respect to the reigning league champs. Regardless of the Dodgers woes, the Phillies could have really helped the Dodgers hold on. Their at bats were remarkably professional, which is not so easy to do when you have wildness and unpredictability on the part of the opposing pitcher. There is a reason they wear back to back league crowns, and could wear a third. All of this without their main guys as well. However, in a situation such as this, with the season draining away, it is incomprehensible why Torre would not have both Janley and Sherril up quicker, even with the big lead. That was notorious, but nothing compared to the disgrace of having NO ONE warming up as Broxton was imploding. He had very good velocity and movement, but no control whatsoever, except on his slider. The problem could be mechanical, but is also mental. The fact of the matter is, that Joe Torre's lack of authority at that moment was startling, and leads me to this:

Could Joe be betting on these games?

I know it sounds ridiculous, but there is certainly precedence for it, Mr. Clutch. We all know that Joe plays the ponies, has taken advantage of his opportunity to own a derby entrant, may have even taken the Dodger job to be close to the track. Could he be an addicted gambler? I don't think it is totally unreasonable to ask this question?

Someone needs to remind Torre that he's not managing the Yankees anymore. Some players need to be coddled at times and reamed at others. Torre is a serial coddler. Instead of constantly making excuses for Broxton, how about calling him out in public and telling him to get his head out of his ass or he'll be taking his talents to another team (with all due respect to Lebron James).

Jonathan broxton is property of the Philadelphia Phillies. Nuff said.

Where do I start? Absolutely horrible game. Absolutely horrible year to this point. Broxton has not been able to save a big game since Matt Stairs hit that 600 foot HR off him 2 years ago. Why Torre keeps sending him out there is beyond me. Granted if Blake could have made the play on the routine double play ball that was hit right at him this might not be an issue. Still, Broxton is awful. Why is George Sherrill still on the team? There is no other lefty Dodger pitcher or free agent lefty that could do better than Sherrill? This team needs a huge shake up in the offseason. Broxton, Kemp, Loney(who I like) Martin Sherrill need to go. Manny? Forget it....he packed it in a long time ago. What a shame for a team that was so close to a world series the last 2 years.

As a life long Dodger fan living in Phila, I was at the game last nite and was liertally sick by what I saw. This was the unofficial end to our season. HArd to believe the same melt down could occurr within 60 days (remember the game vs NYY on that Sunday nite!)....I think this was much, much worse.

We had the game won and should have closed it out...START BY GETTING RID OF HONEYCUT!

Dodgers' dilemma: Doomed if you do, doomed if you don't. They're done. Thank you and good night!

I guess Torre can blame that loss on Matt Kemp.

I guess Torre can blame that loss on Orlando Hudson.

I guess Torre can blame that loss on Gary Sheffield.

Hang in there Kemp....Torre and ownership will soon be gone and sanity will prevail!

Well this did it my friends. Today I am vowing to not attend another Dodger game for the rest of the year. As someone who attends 10-15 games a year, I dont know if the McFrauds will miss my money but I hope everyone gets on this bandwagon and boycotts the team. This is hard for me to do since I am a die hard fan going back 35 years but I've had enough. Where do I begin? At the top of course with McFraud. Enough said about him. Torre has run his course and needs to be put out to pasture. Overrated and the only reason he won with the Yanks is due to their spending. Broxton, I havent like him since he blew my family off in San Diego when we wanted to take a pic with him. The big hick said it was against team rules but Furcal, Martin, Pierre, Loney, Kemp etc. didnt have a problem taking pics with us. I should of put you out of your misery then you big waste of space. Ugghhhhhhhh

When you dance with the devil...

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