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10/16/09 10:42 PM ET
NLCS Game 2 tidbits
Martinez bests Ramirez, who ends up with last laugh
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez were friends and teammates when both were with the Red Sox from 2001-04.
On Friday afternoon, Martinez got the best of Ramirez, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against him. But the Dodgers rallied for a 2-1 win, so Ramirez was still feeling good afterward.
"It was good to face him," Ramirez said. "We played together so much. We were just competing. Somebody has to lose and I'm just happy that we won. We just want to play and compete and after the game, we are friends."
Sign of respect: Ann Meyers-Drysdale, the wife of late Dodgers Hall of Famer Don Drysdale, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2. Dodgers manager Joe Torre, in a rare move, went behind the plate to catch the pitch.
Phillies backstop Carlos Ruiz on his favorite catcher: "I always kept an eye on Ivan Rodriguez. He's one of the guys that I followed, that I enjoyed watching play."
Kobe Bryant caused a big stir when he arrived in the fourth inning and sat next to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in the third row next to the Dodgers dugout. Bryant's arrival forced former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda to move over one seat.
Ryan Howard's fourth-inning home run was his first career homer on the road in the playoffs after going 11 games and 44 at-bats without one. It was his eighth home run at Dodger Stadium. He has also hit eight at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, the most he has hit outside the stadiums of the NL East.
Howard has also driven in a run in six straight postseason games. That ties a record held by Carlton Fisk, Bernie Williams and Rodriguez.
Neither starting pitcher walked a batter until Vicente Padilla walked Ruiz with one out in the top of the eighth.
The Phillies are 5-for-7 this postseason in stolen-base attempts. They are 22-for-28 over the past three postseasons. They led the Majors in stolen-base percentage during the 2009 regular season, at 81 percent (119-for-147).
The Dodgers recorded their third comeback victory of the 2009 postseason after getting two in the NL Division Series. They recorded 42 during the regular season. Eight of the 42 came when they were trailing after seven innings.