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10/16/09 8:20 PM ET

Phillies Short Hops: Game 2

Pedro comes up big, but Utley, bullpen implode in eighth

Fielding the Phillies' 2-1 Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
Pedro Martinez proved he deserved to start Friday. But after Martinez left after seven innings, the bullpen blew the lead and the game.

Frozen moment
It looked like Russell Martin was going to ground into a rally-killing double play in the eighth inning, but Chase Utley threw the ball away for the second time this series. Juan Pierre scored on the play to tie the game.

Big number
5 -- Five relievers came out of the bullpen during the eighth inning for the Phillies. You have to wonder what would have happened if Martinez had stayed in the game to pitch the eighth.

Game balls
Ryan Howard

Howard continued his postseason assault with another big swing Friday. In the fourth inning, Howard sent a hanging curveball over the left-field fence for a solo opposite-field home run. Howard's got three RBIs in the NLCS, and he almost was the difference in Game 2.

Pedro Martinez

This was vintage postseason Martinez. His pitches danced around the strike zone, making it tough for the Dodgers hitters to get into a rhythm at the plate. Martinez allowed just two hits and three baserunners through seven innings.

Chase Utley

For the second time this series, Utley threw the ball to his team's dugout on a potential double play for a big error. Pierre scored on the error to tie the game at 1.

Sense of October
Charlie Manuel was extra quick to pull his relievers during the eighth inning. He used five relievers in the inning and no one faced more than three batters.

Lines of the Game

Jimmy Rollins
4 AB, 0 H, 1 K, 1 LOB
Comment: Rollins had a rough day at the plate, and in turn, the Phillies' offense struggled. If your leadoff hitter never reaches base, it's hard to get things going.

Pedro Martinez
7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 87 P
Comment: Enough can't be said about the performance he had in Game 2. He was thought to be a risky choice to start Game 2, but Martinez made his coach look like a genius Friday.

"He can correct that. Chase is better than that." -- Manuel

Next step
The Phillies will look to take a 2-1 lead at home Sunday in Game 3. Their lefty ace, Cliff Lee, will get the ball against the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda.

David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.