Game One of the 2009 NLCS proved to be a slugfest dabbled withástretches of greatápitching by both the Dodgers and Phillies. á As the game started, it look as though this was going to be a pure pitchers' duel; Cole Hamels and Clayton Kershaw came out throwing heat. Both Hamels and Kershaw stayed out of big trouble early, with the exception of Hamels givingáup a second-inning, one-run homer toáJames Loney.á Then, theáfifth inning started and so did the fireworks. Kershaw gave up five runs and three hits, including a three-run jack from Carlos Ruiz, making it 3-1 in favor of the Phillies. Then, with two on and two out, Kershaw faced off with Ryan Howard and Howard made Kershaw pay by smacking aádouble and scoring two, putting the Phillies up 5-1 and giving Howard his 18th RBI this p ...
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