Deja vu

So a 9th inning comeback against the Dodgers’ Jonathan Broxton isn’t exactly without precedent for the Phils.

Trailing 9-2 in the 8th at home wasn’t so bad, though– it beats trailing 11-1 in the 8th on the road.

Other differences between the two comebacks? The 1990 Dodger starter had only thrown 90 pitches through 6 innings when he was removed, though unlike Kershaw, who threw 113 pitches through 6.2 innings, Hartley was a converted reliever on a pitch count. (In fact, Hartley would only start 6 games in his 202 game career, all of them with the 1990 Dodgers. He was also a Phillie for 64 games, none of them starts, before being traded to the Twins for David West.) Also, the 1990 Dodgers benched most of their starters once they took the lead, replacing Lenny Harris, Kirk Gibson, Kal Daniels, Eddie Murray, Hubie Brooks, Mike Sciosia, and Alfredo Griffin with ex-Phils Juan Samuel, Stan Javier, and Jose Offerman plus Jose Gonzalez, Mickey Hatcher, Chris Gwynn, and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey. Offerman made two key errors in the Phils’ nine-run 9th (five of the Phils’ nine runs were unearned). Last night’s Dodgers actually blew a lead with their regular lineup on the field, including Casey Blake, who replaced Ronnie Belliard at 3rd in the bottom of the 7th and made a key error in the 9th.

Otherwise, Danys Baez retiring the Dodgers on 9 pitches for the win was…about equal to Don Carman retiring the Dodgers on 9 pitches for the save. Talk about beating the odds.

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