Phillies Earl Weaver-ed the Dodgers
It was a game that Hall-of-Fame Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver would have been proud of. Armed with three-run homers in the second and third innings, the Philadelphia Phillies powered their way to an 8-4 victory fending off a rally by the Dodgers.
“We crept back into it, and we just couldn’t hold them at bay,” manager Joe Torre said.
Carlos Monasterios (L, 3-5) was shaky from the outset. His hope to repeat Hiroki Kuroda’s 7 1/3 innings of hitless ball ended when the second batter of the game, Placido Polanco, lined a single to center field. Although Monasterio’s control went by the wayside hitting Chase Utley on the right thigh with a pitch, Ryan Howard bailed Monasterios out with an inning ending double play.
Monasterios wasn’t so lucky in the second inning. After a double by Jayson Werth and a walk to Shane Victorino, Monasterios gave up a three-run homer to backup catcher Brian Schneider on the first pitch to give the Phillies the 3-1 lead.
Back-to-back singles by Polanco and Utley to lead off the third inning was enough for Torre to pull Monasterios in favor of Ramon Troncoso.