MLB Warning: Walking is Dangerous to Your Team

Shinrai AquinoContributor IOctober 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Raul Ibanez #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three run home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


The Dodgers may have drawn the first blood in the second inning, but the visiting Phillies won Game 1 of the NLCS last Thursday night in the Dodger Stadium. It was 8-6 on board.

The results would have been different if not for the walks given up by the Dodgers. Half of the total runs of the Phillies all began with bases earned on balls, also known as walks.

The first walk that made the Phillies lead was given up by Clayton Kershaw to Pedro Feliz in the fifth inning. He only had one strike. Next to bat was Carlos Ruiz who hit a 2-run homer off Kershaw's 93 MPH fastball.

The next batter, Philles starter Cole Hamels, also earned a walk from Kershaw. Hamels was out at second base, but he was not the last Phillies to earn a walk in the fifth inning. Chase Utley also had a base earned on balls followed by Ryan Howard who doubled on a flyball to the right field, sending Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to the home plate. The Phillies nailed 5 runs in the fifth inning.

In the eight inning, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth went on back to back walks from reliever George Sherrill. Both had only one strike. The next batter was Raul Ibañez. The first baseman only hit one pitch from Sherrill, a 74 MPH slider that homered a fly ball to the right field. It was a 3-run homer in the eight inning, and 8 runs on board for the Phillies.

Without the walks, the Phillies would've just had 4 runs and the Dodgers would've won the game with their 6 runs.