Who would have thought that the ailing statesman, Pedro Martinez, and castoff, Vicente Padilla, would equally throw gems this afternoon. This game two, of a best of seven series, was a duel reminiscent of games experienced at Dodger Stadium in the 60's. We saw two pitchers duking it out with outstanding location and sharp pitches that staggered the batters and wowed the crowd.
It's only appropriate that both starters have true blue credentials. Pedro was born with a blue bonnet on and Vicente comes to town hoping to revive his career with the team known for cultivating great pitchers. It seemed that both were channeling the ghost of Dodger pitchers past in the home that Koufax and Drysdale built.
The only mistake was a curveball left high in the strike zone to Ryan Howard that he belted into the outfield stands. As is the case with these type of games it was decided by the bullpen and the late inning heroics that have been commonplace to us fans.
If you make a mistake the Dodgers will capitalize. They did it against the Cardinals when Holliday dropped that last out in game two of the NLDS, and they did it today when Utley couldn't complete a double play.
What a game!