Monday, October 19, 2009

Phillies Sock Dodgers, 11-0, for 2-1 Lead in NLCS

Players of the Day for Sunday, October 18, 2009 Philadelphia Phillies 11 LA Dodgers 0 Merely 20 minutes after game 3 had started, it was essentially over. The Philadelphia Phillies exploded for 4 runs in the first inning off LA starter Hiroki Kuroda en route to a resounding 11-0 victory. Kuroda, who hadn't pitched since the 22nd of September, got the first batter, Jimmy Rollins, on a routine fly ball, but ran into immediate trouble when Shane Victorino (left) singled, stole second and took third base on Chase Utley's scratch single. Ryan Howard, who came into the game with a post-season streak of at least one RBI in every game (9 in 6 games), extended the run with a slicing liner down the first-base line, driving in Victorino and Utley, eventually sliding head-first into third base with his ifrst post-season triple. The next batter, Jayson Werth, took Kuroda out of the park, driving the ball over the center field wall to the deepest part of the ball park for a 2-run homer. Five batters, four runs, and with Cliff lee on the mound for Philly, game over. Lee went 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits and no walks while striking out 10. He also singled in the 8th and scored on Victorino's 3-run homer, which accounted for the final runs of the game. Catcher Carlos Ruiz continued his red-hot hitting with a single, double, RBI and two runs, but Victorino had the stats sheet of the night, going 2-for-3 with 2 walks, a single, homer, 2 runs, 3 RBI and a stolen base. So efficient was the Philly win that every starter, including Lee, scored a run. Only Raul Ibanez (0-for-3) did not get at least one hit. Philadelphia scored all 11 runs on 11 hits, leaving only 6 runners on base. With the Phillies ahead 2 games to 1 in the series, game 4 is slated for Monday night 8:07 pm EDT in Los Angeles. Dodger starter Randy Wolf will try to slow the Phillies' momentum. Joe Blanton goes up the hill for the Phillies.

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