PHILADELPHIA -- The Dodgers got outslugged in Game 1 and responded with an exhilarating come-from-behind win in Game 2.
The Dodgers, after an 11-0 licking Sunday, now find themselves down 2-1 against the Phillies in the NLCS with Game 4 scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. The defeat matched the worst postseason loss in club history -- an 11-0 loss in Game 1 of the 1959 World Series, an affair they ended up winning in six games. "A loss is a loss," catcher Russell Martin said. "We never came close to winning this one. We'll forget about this one and get them tomorrow." The Dodgers, though, won 95 games during the regular season. They swept the Cardinals in the first round. They staged a two-run rally in the eighth inning Friday to pull out a 2-1 victory in Game 2 at Dodger Stadium. So they walked off the field Sunday hardly dazed or needing a standing eight-count -- they know exactly where they are and what they need to do. "We just need to come out tomorrow and play," shortstop Rafael Furcal said. "They've got to win two more. We've got to come up better offensively, get some hits, get men on base and make our offense work. We know we're down one. But let's come out tomorrow, tie it up and then see where we are at." The Phillies like their position but aren't about to start looking ahead to their next opponent, despite the lopsided Game 3 outcome. "You don't want to get ahead of yourself," first baseman Ryan Howard said. "Right now you worry about Game 4 and then hopefully take care of business in Game 5. Then you worry about the next opponent you face." The Dodgers came to Philadelphia with the minimal goal of winning at least one game here and assuring the series would go back to Los Angeles, and the reality is that they still have two more cracks at accomplishing that goal. But one more victory by the Phillies would put them up 3-1 and in position to finish it off without a return trip to Los Angeles. At that point, the Dodgers would be forced to confront some tough odds. "We've got to avoid that," outfielder Andre Ethier said. "But at the same time, we've got to get wins. If we get wins, we'll get closer to our goals."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.