Every now and then, a team just has a monster game where everything goes right for them. On Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies went to Chavez Ravine and handed a 16-1 beating to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Phillies had everything working right for them, as the Dodgers suffered their worst home loss since July 3, 1947. The New York Giants gave them a 19-2 thrashing when the Dodgers were still playing at Ebbets Field. Manager Charlie Manuel was happy about the results, also knows not to let the excitement get to his players.
I don’t want to talk too much. I’ll let the performance play. I don’t need to say a whole lot. You have big games like that and it’s a big lifter and everything. But also you’ve got to be careful to not talk a whole lot, because the other team gets made and they might rare up and beat you tomorrow. That’s having respect for the game.
John Lannan pitched a tremendous seven innings for the Phillies, giving up the lone Dodger run on five hits. He only struck out two batters, but the defense backed him up and kept the home team from getting anything started. It was his first win of the year, and it was a big one. He even drove in a run to help his cause.
Offensively, Philadelphia could do no wrong. They scored in every inning except the third and ninth. And for all the run scoring, they still only managed two home runs on the night. Michael Young (5) drilled a solo shot to lead off the fourth, and John Mayberry (6) hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Los Angeles just couldn’t get anything started. Scott Van Slyke was the sole bright spot for the Dodgers, driving in a pinch-hit RBI in the bottom of the sixth. In fact, he was the only Dodger to have an extra-base hit. The young upstart Yasiel Puig walked, which set up his Van Slyke’s hit.
Chris Capuano drops to 2-5 on the season. He was pulled in the fourth inning after giving up a total of seven runs on 10 hits, five of those runs were earned. The home bullpen was not given much to work with, as it took five Dodger pitchers to finally stop the bleeding and get out of the game in barely one piece.
Both teams are back at it again on Saturday night, as first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 P.M. The Phillies will send Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51 ERA) to the mound in search of his 10th win of the year. In his last 10 starts, he is 7-0 with a 2.00 ERA. The Dodgers will respond with Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85 ERA). He is winless in four starts this month, but has gone at least six innings in all but one start this year. He is also 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA at home.
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