Dodgers Show No Brotherly Love To the Phillies
The Dodgers really are a remarkable team. They don't even play one game against their opponent, and they still fire their manager.
With Charlie Manuel not coming back next season after his contract expires at the end of the season, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. decided to make the change now putting the interim-tag on Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.
The Dodgers didn't really care all that much about that. They also didn't really care that Cliff Lee was pitching against them. After Adrian Gonzalez singled off of Lee in the fourth inning, Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer to left field that gave the Dodgers the lead — something unusual given their come-from-behind wins against the Mets.
The Phillies had no solutions for Zack Greinke who only gave up three hits in his 7 1/3 innings of work.
This 4-0 win wasn't a statement game. The Dodgers only had seven hits, they had a painful eighth inning when A.J. Ellis got hit by a foul-tip, Juan Uribe and Mark Ellis getting hit by pitches, Hanley Ramirez with a hard awkward slide into second base.
The only statement, which almost everyone knows, is that Dodger pitching is really good. In their last 20 games the Dodger starters have a 1.84 ERA, and since the All Star Break the bullpen has a 1.56 ERA.
The Dodgers are now 71-50, 24-3 since the All Star break, 41-8 since June 22. They have an 8 1/2 game lead in the division and only trail the Braves and Pirates in the standings. No American League team has a better record than the Dodgers.