An eleven hits, eleven runs offensive attack and an eight inning pitching performance by Cliff Lee gives the Phils a two games to one lead in the National League Championship Series, as the Phils crushed the Dodgers, 11-0.
The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run triple, knocking in Shane Victornio, who had earlier singled, stole second base, and then moved up to third on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled. The next batter, Jayson Werth, increased the Phils’ lead to 4-0 by hitting a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Howard. The Phils then made it 5-0 in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Victorino, both Rollins and Victorino then moving up a base on a wild pitch, and then a walk to Utley, Howard hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, bringing in Rollins, to give the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Victorino to third and moving Utley up to second base. The Phils would make it 7-0 in the fifth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI triple, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked. Ruiz then made it an 8-0 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Feliz. Meanwhile, Lee was throwing a three-hitter against the Dodgers, giving up a pair of lead-off singles to Manny Ramirez, one in the second inning, and the other in the fifth, and a lead-off single to Ronnie Belliard in the seventh, with Belliard being the only Dodgers to reach second base, doing so on a Andre Ethier ground out, 4-3, with nobody out, for the inning’s first out, before Lee would end the inning by striking out both Ramirez and Matt Kemp, swinging, as two of his ten strike outs victims. The Phils added their last runs in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Victorino hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Lee’s single, then went to third on Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, and Lee, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Rollins’ ground out, giving the Phils an 11-0 lead. Chad Durbin then came in to pitched the ninth, recording a 1-2-3 inning.
Cliff Lee picked up the win as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up only three hits as he struck out ten. His series record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Hiroki Kuroda took the lost as he lasted only an inning and a third, giving up six runs on six hits, while striking out only one batter. His series record is now 0-1 with a 40.50 ERA. Scott Elbert pitched a third of an inning, walking two batters. Chad Billingsley pitched three and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out three batters. Ramon Troncoso pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two walks, while he struck out three. Ronaldo Belisario pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, after being muzzled for four hits in game two of the championship series, with all of their starters, except for Raul Ibanez, getting at least one hit in the ballgame. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz lead the team with two hits a piece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a three-run home run, while one of Ruiz’s hits was a double. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Cliff Lee had the other five Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being an RBI double, Howard’s being an two-run triple, Werth’s being a two-run home run, and Feliz’s being an RBI triple. Howard knocked in three runs in the game, with his third RBI coming on a ground out, while Ruiz knocked in a run with a single.
The Phils (2-1) will continue the National League Championship Series with the Dodgers (1-2), with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 8:07 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (12-8, 4.05), who will be making his first start in the post-season. His last appearance was as a reliever against the Rockies in the Divisional Series on October 11, as he went two and two-thirds innings, giving up just a run on three hits, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. He will be trying to give the Phils a 3-1 lead in the series. The Dodgers will counter with Randy Wolf (11-7, 3.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on October 7, where he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to even the series at two-games each. The Phils will try to carry over the momentum from last night’s game to take a commanding 3 games to 1 lead in the championship series.