Dodgers Fight Back with Brushbacks and Big Hits
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If five first-inning runs Sunday night re-established the Dodgers as contenders, one well-placed pitch by Hiroki Kuroda restored the sizzle to this National League Championship Series. In the third inning of the Dodgers’ 7-2 victory in Game 3, which sliced the Phillies’ series lead to two games to one, Kuroda refused to let his team be manhandled anymore.
Standing up for Russell Martin, who had been hit and knocked off the plate, Kuroda flung a 94-mile-per-hour fastball over Shane Victorino’s head, minutes later precipitating a benches-clearing incident that fell somewhere between a fracas and a melee. Indeed, no punches were thrown and no one was ejected, although plenty of unprintable words were surely said. As the Phillies had done without recourse in Game 2, the Dodgers had made their point: You want a series? We’ll give you a series. Source