Dodgers-Phillies LiveBlog 6/7/09
The Phillies managed to tie the series thanks to their home run hitting in a 7-2 rout of the Dodgers.
While the Dodgers managed to contain the National League leaders in home runs throughout the series, the Phillies got three today off of Dodger pitching.
Dodgers starter Randy Wolf admitted his stuff wasn't that good. "I didn't think I was very good all day," Wolf said. "It's just one of those things. I've got to get better."
Meanwhile Dodger manager Joe Torre felt good on how the series turned out. "We were hoping to have a day off following a win, but considering how this series went I am certainly not disappointed," Torre said.
The Phillies homered off of Wolf twice in the seventh inning, the first a two-run shot by catcher Carlos Ruiz and the second a solo shot by center fielder Shane Victorino.
"They're a good balanced line up," Wolf said. "If you don't make your pitches, they're big league hitters, and they're going to punish you. Today was no different."
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard gave a rude welcome to Dodgers reliever Travis Schlichting making his first Major League appearance. Howard to a 2-2 pitch out to left field for a solo shot.
"Ryan Howard is certainly no slouch to face your first guy," Torre said on Schlichting. "Any experience is a good one here. I'm just glad we were able to get it out of the way. We've been playing so many close games I didn't think it was fair to put him in some of the games."
As a testament to their ability of coming back late in games, all the Dodger players were on the railing of the dugout in the ninth inning despite being five runs in the hole. That is something you just don't see every day.
For the Dodgers, they face the San Diego Padres for a brief two game series Tuesday and Wednesday. The Padres just got out of an 18 inning loss tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks where they used 10 pitchers, the last one their back up shortstop Jack Wilson. So the Dodgers should be able to feast on that.
The Dodgers are now 39-20 for the season and a Major League-best 22-8 at home. They have an eight game lead in the NL West and a four game lead overall.