Now, Joe Torre and the Los Angeles Dodgers have their backs against the wall. They wake-up on Tuesday morning down three games to one and facing two games in Philly (if the series gets back to Philly).
The Dodgers looked to be in control of the game on Monday night. They held a 5-3 lead going into the eighth inning. But then the wheels came off. The Phillies struck for four runs and came out of the top of the eighth with a 7-5 lead. That would prove to be the final score. And that has now pushed the Dodgers to the brink of ending their season, and it’s got the Phillies dreaming of the World Series.
It’s not over quite yet though. There is still time for the Dodgers to come back. Yes, they have to win three games, but let’s not forget that the Dodgers have a major player on their team who came back from a 0-3 hole in the ALCS. That player, of course, is Manny Ramiez and he came back from that deficit with the Red Sox against the Yankees (then managed by Torre). The Red Sox took 4 straight from the Yanks and then went on to sweep their way to a World Series title.
So, the Dodgers know they can come back but we’ll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, the Rays took a 2-1 lead in the ALCS against the Red Sox. The Rays trounced the Red Sox by a score of 9-1. So now the Red Sox know they’ll have to go back to Tampa if they hope to win the ALCS. But they better make sure they win the next 2 at Fewnway or this series may never even make it back to Tropicana Field.
Certainly, the Rays would love to take one more game and go back to Tampa with the lead. But they’d love to win the next two even more. Then they’ll win the series and go home to await either the Phillies or the Dodgers.