Ramirez, Torre eliminated again by Phillies
For the second straight season, the Los Angeles
So forget about the
“I’m surprised. But again, you have to play better,” Torre said. “We have the capability, we have the talent, but that’s all well and good. It’s like having that good team on paper, you still have to go out there and play between the lines.
Los Angeles was 56-32 at the All-Star break and finished an
“The regular season doesn’t mean anything in the playoffs,” Ramirez said. “They got the hits when they needed to, and they won.”
Torre hasn’t found that World Series touch in Los Angeles, although he extended his streak of consecutive managerial playoff appearances to 14, tying the record set by Atlanta’s Bobby Cox from 1991-05.
After throwing 7 1-3 shutout innings in Game 2,
“We can’t always throw the ball where we want to,” Torre said. “But pitching is the only thing that can neutralize what they do.”
Following a sub-par regular season interrupted a 50-game suspension imposed after he obtained a banned female fertility drug, Ramirez was 5 for 19 with one home run and two RBIs in the series against the
Not good enough for a player who holds the record for most career league championship series hits and homers.
“I think everybody did a great job,” Ramirez said. “Last year was a learning experience for a lot of players. They came back. They played great. But we didn’t come through this year. We were playing a better team.”
When asked why wasn’t swinging like his old slugging self, Ramirez patted a reporter on the shoulder, said, “That’s over,” and walked off.
Ramirez was among the glum
“It didn’t take the life out of us,” Hudson said. “We were still in here relaxed, having fun. You can’t play this game tensed up. We knew we only had to win one.”
“It seemed like it got out of hand early,” third baseman
Los Angeles chased
“I feel great,” Ramirez said. “I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish.”
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