Phillies defy the odds -- again

Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez deliver big blows, bullpen hangs on

Originally Published: October 15, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- In October, they must burn all the history books. In October, the insane turns sane. In October, "The Twilight Zone" is always on the air.

For your approval, we submit Game 1 of the National League Championship Series as irrefutable proof.

Along the 4-hour-and-2-minute trail that led to Phillies 8, Dodgers 6, on a wild Thursday night at Chavez Ravine, what exactly made sense out there, anyway?

Stuff happened that never happened all year. Home runs flew through ...

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