Broxton blows it in 9th for Dodgers
Broxton lost his control in the ninth inning of Game 4 on Monday night, failing in his attempt at his eighth save of at least four outs this year.
“He put a good swing on it and barreled it up,” Broxton said. “It got right through the defense.”
Broxton went 7-2 with 36 saves in 42 opportunities and a 2.61 ERA as Los Angeles won the
Manager Joe Torre went to Broxton with runners on first and second and two out in the eighth. The hard-throwing right-hander recorded at least four outs in 10 games this year, including two of Los Angeles’ wins in its division series sweep against St. Louis.
It didn’t work out this time.
Broxton also had trouble with Stairs when he pinch hit in Game 4 of last year’s NLCS, yielding a homer that helped the
After Stairs walked this year, Broxton hit Ruiz with his next pitch.
“We knew once we got to the eighth inning that Brox, when it got to Werth, that was going to be his man,” Torre said. “It’s one of those things. They’re a very tough lineup to go through. You try to be careful. He almost dug himself out of that last inning.”
Broxton had said entering the series that he was looking forward to a rematch with Stairs. Stairs forever cemented himself as an unlikely postseason star when he took Broxton deep a year ago.
Broxton didn’t let the setback shake his confidence this year. He insisted he was over Stairs’ homer “the next day” and hadn’t watched a replay of the drive.
“You just got to train your mind to where you’ve got a short memory,” he said. “Forget about the past, come out the next day ready to go.”
Broxton was terrific in his first full season as the
Perhaps nerves and last season’s failure got to Broxton in the ninth. Used primarily as a pinch hitter, Stairs hit only .194 this season with five homers and 17 RBIs.
Stairs never had to swing the bat this time.
“I just wasn’t going to give him anything out over the middle,” Broxton said. “Try to keep it down and get him to chase.”
Broxton was the fourth
The series’ next game is Wednesday in Philadelphia, giving Broxton an extra day to put the costly meltdown behind him.
“You just got to shake it off,” Broxton said. “You could be back out there in the same situation, so you’ve got to have a short memory.”