The Phillies came in to their four-game set with the Dodgers winners of three of their last four but scuffling to put runs on the board. Their big hitters, Rollins, Utley, Burrell and Howard, all weren’t hitting and the rest of the offense seemed to be following their lead. They had scored 19 runs in their past seven games.
And then they blew the doors off the Dodgers as they swept the series. It wasn’t just that one guy hit — it was that so many of them did. Chris Coste blew game one open with a huge three-run homer in the sixth. After struggling all month, Burrell drove in five runs in game two. In game three it was Pedro Feliz’s turn to wear the cape. Just off the DL, Feliz came off the bench to tie the game with a single in the ninth and hit a three-run walkoff bomb in the bottom of the eleventh. And yesterday they just may have gotten Jimmy Rollins back. Rollins came into the game 4-for-his-last-46, but went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk and two RBI.
Oh, and the pitchers held the Dodgers to five runs over four games. The Phils outscored LA 27-5.
The Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, winning 5-0 to improve to 72-59 on the year. The Phils sweep the four-game series and enter tonight’s game with the Mets a half game behind New York in the NL East.
Myers got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing nine hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles by Matt Kemp. He struck out eight.
In his last two starts he hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings while striking out 17. In seven starts since being sent down he’s 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA and a 1.07 ratio. In his 17 starts before being sent down he allowed 24 home runs in 101 2/3 innings. Since his return he has allowed two in 48 2/3.
Matt Kemp led off the first for the Dodger and got ahead 2-0 in the count before he doubled to left. Myers struck out Andre Ethier for the first out and got Kent on a ground ball to short that moved Kemp to third. Manny Ramirez walked before Myers struck James Loney out to leave both runners stranded.
Angel Berroa singled with two outs in the second and Myers walked the pitcher Chad Billingsley behind Berroa. A wild pitch let Berroa move to third before Kemp struck out looking to end the frame.
Kent singled with one out in the third, but Manny hit into a double-play behind him.
Russell Martin singled with one out in the fourth. Casey Blake popped to Rollins for the second out before Berroa moved Martin to second with a single. Myers struck out Billingsley to leave two more runners stranded.
Kemp led off the fifth with the Phils up 2-0 and doubled again. A ground out by Ethier moved him to third with one out, but Myers struck out Kent and got Ramirez on a fly ball to right.
Martin singled to left with one out in the sixth. Blake was next and hit it hard, but Feliz picked it nicely and started a double-play to set LA down.
With one out in the seventh, Mark Sweeney hit for the pitcher Billingsley and hit a ball back up the middle and off the leg of Myers. It rolled to third and Sweeney had a single. Myers walked Kemp to put men on first and second. Ethier was next and he singled on a ball just of the reach of a diving Rollins, loading the bases. Myers got ahead of Kent 0-2 and didn’t get the call on two straight pitches but got him swinging for the second out of the inning. He stayed in to pitch to Manny as the go-ahead run and got him on a line drive to right that Werth took on the edge of the warning track.
Romero started the eighth with the Phils up 5-0. Loney and Martin started the inning with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second for Blake, but Romero struck the righty out for the first out of the inning. Nomar Garciaparra hit for Angel Berroa and grounded to short for the second out, moving the runners to second and third. Juan Pierre hit for the pitcher Chan Ho Park and grounded back to Romero to end the frame with both runners stranded.
Condrey started the ninth and gave up back-to-back singles to Kemp and Ethier. Lidge started to warm in the pen, but Condrey stayed in to face Kent and Kent hit a ground ball to second. Ethier was forced at second for the first out with Kemp moving to third. Condrey struck out Ramirez, who went 0-for-4 with seven men left on base in the game, and then got Loney to ground to short to end the game.
Romero and Condrey both had to work out of trouble, but the pen went two scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two. Romero threw 25 pitches and Condrey 22.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Chad Billingsley went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the DL. Victorino still in the five-hole. Coste catches.
Rollins quickly got behind 0-2 to start the first before he was hit with a 1-2 pitch. Utley moved him to third with a single. Burrell flew to left and the throw went home. Rollins held third with Utley moving to second with one out. Howard struck out and Victorino grounded to first.
The Phils get nothing out of first and third with nobody out. Burrell and Howard both can’t bring the runner home with less than two down.
Werth led off the second with a walk and moved to second on a single by Feliz. Coste hit it hard but right at Blake and Blake caught it for the first out. Myers bunted the runners to second and third for the second out. Rollins dumped a 2-1 pitch into left-center for a two-run single that put the Phils up 2-0. Rollins went to second on a passed ball and when the count went 3-0 on Utley the Dodgers put him on intentionally. It put men on first and second for Burrell and Burrell popped out to short.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third and in the fourth.
Rollins doubled to right to start the fifth and went to third on a single by Utley. Burrell hit into a double-play with Rollins scoring to put the Phils up 3-0. Howard walked, Victorino singled and Werth walked to load the bases for Feliz, but Feliz grounded to short to end the inning.
Rollins hustled out a triple down the left field line with two outs in the sixth. Utley was walked intentionally and Burrell flew to right, stranding two more runners.
Through six innings Burrell was 0-for-4 and had left seven men on base.
Howard led off the seventh with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Victorino. Werth lined a single into right and Howard scored to put the Phils up 4-0. Feliz singled, putting men on first and second for Coste. With Werth running on the pitch, Coste hit a slow ground ball to second. Kent fielded and threw to first, but Werth kept running, allowing him to score on the play and put the Phils up 5-0 with Feliz on second and two outs. Fantastic job on the bases by Werth, scoring from second on a ground out. Dobbs hit for Myers, who had thrown 110 pitches, and grounded to first to end the inning.
Rollins walked to start the eighth, but Utley, Burrell and Howard went down behind him.
Rollins was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk and two RBI. He was 4-for-16 in the four-game series. He’s hitting 260/328/422 for the year.
Utley was 2-for-3 with two walks. 6-for-15 with a home run in the series and 10-for-his-last-22. 289/374/558 for the year.
Burrell was 0-for-5 and left eight men on base. 5-for-16 with a double and a home run in the set. 197/319/408 in August and 265/388/548 for the year.
Howard was 1-for-4 with a walk and a double in the game. 3-for-16 with two doubles, a home run and three walks in the series. 169/286/361 for August and 227/317/475 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-33.
Victorino was 1-for-4. 5-for-15 with a double in the series. 291/356/447 for the season.
Werth was 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. 3-for-10 with four walks in the series. 266/362/482 for the season.
Feliz was 2-for-4 in the game and 5-for-12 with a home run in the series. 260/306/429 for the year. Dobbs 0-for-1 in the game and 2-for-7 in the series. 303/340/466 for the year.
Coste was 0-for-4 with an RBI in the game. 2-for-12 with a home run and five RBI in the series. 272/324/453. The three-run homer he hit against Maddux in the sixth inning of the first game of the series was huge, blowing the game open for a team that was having enormous trouble scoring runs. Ruiz was 1-for-3 in the series and is hitting 221/321/292 for the year.
Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.54) faces righty Pedro Martinez (4-3, 4.97) tonight. Martinez has thrown to a 3.16 ERA with a 1.21 ratio in five August starts. Pedro has been hit hard away from Shea this year — in eight starts away from New York he has thrown to a 6.15 ERA and a 1.63 ERA. Utley has hit Martinez well in his career. He’s 7-for-21 with three home runs against him. Moyer has not allowed more than three runs in a start in any of his last 14 outings. In eight of his last night starts he hasn’t allowed a home run. Delgado (30-for-77 with eight home runs and a 1.252 career OPS against him) kills him. Beltran (10-for-49, 204/328/265) does not.