Chess Match: Everybody available
'All hands on deck' as early homers throw wrench in plans
PHILADELPHIA -- The manager calls it "all hands on deck."From a baseball standpoint, it means just about every pitcher is available for that game, including the next game's starter. That was the case for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night.
There were four home runs hit in the first two innings, an early indication of what kind of night it was going to be for the pitching. Both managers took advantage of "all hands being on deck."
Quick hook, early entrance
The situation: The Phillies were up, 4-2, going into the bottom of the fourth when Jayson Werth led off with a single and scored on a double by Raul Ibanez.
The outcome: Sherrill, the Dodgers' left-handed setup reliever, had not been brought in before the seventh all season. This time Torre couldn't wait. Sherrill hit Victorino with a pitch to force in a run before striking out Chase Utley to end the inning.
The analysis: "Padilla, what he did in Game 2, they had one run. That's the type of thing ... that's what you need to do. He didn't do it well enough [tonight]. -- Torre
Quick Hook 2
The situation: Hamels had a 6-2 lead going into the fifth before giving up a one-out home run to Orlando Hudson and a double to Rafael Furcal.
The outcome: Happ walked Ronnie Belliard and got Andre Ethier to fly out to left. Durbin took over and, in one of the biggest at-bats of the night, got Manny Ramirez on a check-swing roller back to the mound. Durbin ended up getting the win.
The analysis: "Cole already had like 87, 90 pitches, and I'm sitting there thinking, he didn't have real good command, and he didn't have good stuff. They were swinging good at him." -- Manuel
So much for Game 6
The situation: The Dodgers pinch-hit for Sherrill in the top of the fifth and went into the bottom of the fifth trailing, 6-3.
The outcome: Kershaw went two innings but couldn't keep it a three-run game. Instead he gave up a two-run home run to Victorino in the sixth.
The analysis: "Everybody that came out of that bullpen ... we really didn't have anyone that went unscathed tonight." -- Torre
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.