Dodgers Freeze In Chilly Philly

The Phillies bats came alive tonight early in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers in an 11-0 win.   In the first inning, it appeared the Phils were taking batting practice off a rusty Hiroki Kuroda, who had not pitched in a while due to injury.  Ryan Howard drove in 2 runs with a triple and Jayson Werth followed with a 2-run homer to center.  That hit by Howard broke yet another record for the slugger; Howard became the 1st player ever to drive in runs in 7 straight post-season games within the same year.

The Phils tacked on 2 more runs in the 2nd with doubles from Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins plus an RBI ground out from Howard.  chooch1.jpgRuiz has been the unsung hero this post-season.  Hitting in the 8-hole, Ruiz has come up with clutch hits in nearly every game.  Ruiz is 9 for 21 so far with 7 RBI; 2 of those hits and 1 RBI came in tonight’s game.  This team has been riding the Chooch Train all October.

The overall offensive highlights included 2 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs.  11 hits and 7 walks combined for 11 runs.  Every Phillie in the line-up except Raul Ibanez, who was struggling a bit, had at least one hit.  It was a total team effort.

Chase Utley bounced back after a shaky defensive performance in the first 2 games.  He appeared to be back to normal in the field and continued to produce at the plate.  Utley’s 1st inning single helped kick off a big inning for the team; he had another hit and a walk as well.

The impressive offensive output tonight was matched by superb pitching from Cliff Lee.  Lee tossed an 8 inning, 3 hit shut-out and even had a single at the plate.  This man could do no wrong and the excited crowd cheered him on all night long.  Hate to repeat myself but, thank-you Cleveland!  Chad Durbin pitched the 9th despite the opportunity for a Lee complete game as it was more important to preserve Lee’s arm for future games.  Durbin sent the Dodgers down in order.

With the 11-0 win tonight, the Phillies go up 2 games to 1 in the series.  Joe Blanton will pitch tomorrow at 8:07pm in chilly Philly against a familiar face, Randy Wolf.  I will be there in full winter gear and, assuming my hands do not freeze and fall off, I should be back with photos!  Go Phillies!

Ruiz photo by Jenn

 

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10 Comments

Too bad Cliff can’t pitch every game. Boy is he tough… then again, when ya score 11 runs… anyone can be tough. Jeesh.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Great performance by Cliff Lee. Wow. And now you’re going tonight. Glad you’re bringing your winter gear, although I just read that it’s supposed to be in the ’60s and sunny in NY? Maybe it won’t be as cold as you think in Philly????

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Ugh, it was a little hard reading this and reliving that nightmare. Hopefully we’ll watch a better game and in our favor this time. Congratulations on the win. Lee was lights out.
Emma _Bleeding Dodger Blue
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Jenn, You are so right about Ruiz. A Dodger killer. Take some pocket warmers with you!!! : ) Have fun at the game! Wish I were with you .. cold or not.

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

It looks like the Phillies have a good chance to repeat!
http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/

Your bats more then came alive! WOW!! And Congrats to you Jenn- the latest Leader’s List came out with a twist – it covers the whole regular season from 4/4-10/4 and you are #8! Congrats!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Congratulations on the wins yesterday and today. I hope the Dodgers can win another game though.
Also congratulations on being #8!!! How cool is that.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

OK, last night was just tooo stressful! You must have been about to jump out of your seat all night! And why is today an off-day, damn it!? Now we have to wait until tomorrow!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Clutch.
Only that one word can provide any depth and description for last night’s heroics.
Just “clutch”.
Off the mat, bleeding and still able to deliver a knock-out blow that might be felt all the way to Spring Training 2010.
The faces in the Dodgers dugout looked like someone shot their favorite dog.
Kudos to the red stripes, but I still laugh so hard when I hear “High Hopes” played after the game.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

That’s the thikning of a creative mind

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