Game 1 of the NLCS tonight began as a battle of two excellent starting pitchers, but ended with a stamp from a couple of ex-Dodgers. Both Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum didn't pitch badly -- each pitched seven innings, Halladay giving up four runs, Lincecum allowing three -- but both had impossible acts to follow given their first postseason starts.â†µ
Each pitcher gave up two home runs on the night. The two allowed by Halladay came off the bat of Cody Ross, who was in the Dodgers' organization for a little over two years, from 2004 to 2006. Ross was traded by the Dodgers in April 2006 to the Reds, where Ross briefly played before finding a long-term home in Florida. Ross was acquired on a waiver claim by the Giants on August 22.â†µ
The other Dodger-related home run came off the bat of Jayson Werth, who like Ross was acquired by the Dodgers in 2004, was non-tendered by the club after missing all of 2006 after a series of wrist injuries. Werth took Lincecum deep in the sixth inning to cut the Giants' lead to 4-3, but the score remained, giving San Francisco the win and 1-0 series lead.â†µ
The other ex-Dodger outfielder in the NLCS is Shane Victorino, who was lost in the 2002 Rule 5 draft, returned to the Dodgers, then lost again in the 2004 Rule 5 draft. Victorino didn't complete the ex-Dodger home run trifecta, as he went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, including a swinging whiff to end the game.