Somebody moved spots, and now the ten-game win streak is over. Thanks a lot, people.
Don't blame Andre Ethier, who homered in the second and then scored in the fourth off a Jerry Hairston single, accounting for both of the Dodgers' runs.
And don't blame Ricky Nolasco, who lasted 6.0 IP giving up 5 H and 2 ER (1 BB, 5 Ks). Ronald Belisario and Paco Rodriguez each had scoreless appearances (three and four outs, respectively), and Brandon League gave up the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth with one out and the bases loaded.
But it wasn't League's fault, either; Hanley Ramirez must have rattled League, who entered with one out in the ninth, with a throwing error that allowed Casper the friendly Wells to reach base. Carlos Ruiz singled to get Wells to third (Yasiel Puig making an outstanding play in the field to keep Wells from scoring), Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked, and then PH Michael Young, with two strikes, hit one sharply to Ramirez...who bobbled the ball, allowing the winning run to score.
Not that the double play was a definite; Rollins is speedy and was coming into second hard. But Ramirez' kneeling bobble was enough to give the Phillies the win and avoid the sweep.
Fine. Hanley has bad days, too. We start another streak in Miami tomorrow afternoon; it's the MLB.tv Game of the Day.
UPDATE 8/19 1:17a: Deadspin's recap, Phillies Finally Beat Dodgers On Walk-Off Error: "On Friday, the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel and appointed Ryne Sandberg interim manager. He picked up where Charlie left off and was shut out in his first two games. But then Sunday rolled around and Hanley Ramirez decided to start handing out wins." Deadspin also notes it was the Phillies' fith win in 26 games.
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