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Dodgers/Phillies History Repeats

July 21, 2012

History repeated itself in the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies, played on July 18th. The game tying play in this regular season tilt evoked memories of the far more important, pivotal 3rd game of the 1977 National League Championship Series.

In both the regular season game and the playoff game, the Dodgers tied a game they would eventually win, when their batter was called safe, barely beating a Phillies shortstop’s throw at first base. Both times the Dodgers were down to their final out. Most incredible, 35 years apart, Davey Lopes was in close proximity on both plays.

Lopes hit the ball in the 1977 playoff and just beat shortstop Larry Bowa’s throw to tie the game. Then in the regular season game, Lopes was the Dodgers first base coach witnessing Matt Kemp just beating shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ throw to tie the game.

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