The Phillies are just one win away from a trip to the World Series following a stunning 7-5 comeback win over the Dodgers, powered by a pair of 8th-inning, two-run homers by Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs.
Summary: The Dodgers led 5-3 and were five outs away from pulling even in the best-of-seven series when Victorino, the clear catalyst this entire post-season, deposited a two-run shot into the right-field bullpen to tie the game 5-5. Not to be outdone, Stairs, who was acquired by the Phillies after the trade deadline for a situation just like this, stepped to the plate two batters later with a runner on and two outs and crushed Jonathan Broxton's 3-1 fastball into outer space. The late-inning heroics erased a multitude of earlier sins, including a series of managerial misfires and some all-around shoddy play. But in the end, it will be Dodgers manager Joe Torre who could be forever second-guessed if the Phillies can deliver just one more win in their next three tries. Their ace, Cole Hamels, goes Wednesday.
We'll have more on this Game 4 thriller, and its stars, following a very restful night of sleep.