Stealing Signals: What A Difference A Half-Inning Makes

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2 – L.A. got 2 early runs off Cole Hamels and that was it — he struck out eight in seven innings of work. But it was the sixth inning where Philadelphia came back and captured the lead for good on a Rafael Furcal error that allowed Shane Victorino to get to second base. Derek Lowe, whose slider had been very good for most of that evening, got one up to Chase Utley, who sent it into the right field seats of the band box that is Citizens Bank Park. Two hitters later, Pat Burrell took a pitch into left field (probably a fly out in most other places), and that was all Hamels and Brad Lidge needed after that. If the Dodgers want to make a series out of this, they have to go after both Brett Myers this afternoon and Jamie Moyer in L.A for Game 3 — those two can be hit if you are patient; Hamels can’t be touched even when he’s merely very good, never mind on.

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