MLB Division and League Championship Series

2008 NLDS, Game 1: Dodgers at Cubs

  • Aired: 10/1/2008
    • Length: 02:27:59
    • Plays: ???
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October 1st, 2008: Los Angeles Dodgers 7 at Chicago Cubs 2 F -- When Joe Torre's Yankees owned October, this was how they did it. With starting pitching to keep it close, the way Derek Lowe did for six innings Wednesday night. Hitters patiently worked walks -- the Dodgers had eight -- and ran up opposing starters' pitch counts, leading to a big mistake and early exit of the starter -- Ryan Dempster didn't finish the fifth inning -- and lesser relievers to punish. Having earlier landed the Yankees' manager and hitting coach, the remodeled Dodgers borrowed from that proven playbook to win Game 1 of the National League Division Series from the Cubs, 7-2. They rifled three home runs through the inbound wind, none of them with more impact than a fifth-inning grand slam by James Loney with the Cubs ahead, 2-0. Loney's first two at-bats in the game went for a popup and a flyout. Dempster walked the bases loaded, and Loney came up with two outs, immediately falling behind 0-2 and looking bad doing it. He barely foul-tipped a third pitch, took ball one outside, then crushed a changeup to left-center, the same direction that Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin sent their homers later. It was only the fifth inning, but it was Dempster's 108th pitch.

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