Payback

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Victorino, cf; Werth, rf; Feliz, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer, p.

Revenge
For four games in LA, the Dodgers could do no wrong.  It was the opposite for us.
Eight days after that 4-game LA sweep, the same clubs met for four in Philly.

Revenge danced in Phillies fans’ heads.  The pendulum swung the Phillies way and LA left town winless in four games.

Brett continued his outstanding pitching and combined with two relievers, the Dodgers were blanked last night despite getting 13 hits.  LA finished the series with 13 consecutive scoreless innings and runners on base in every inning.  Shades of our August woes.

J-Roll snapped out of it.  Shane continued his hustling play and Werth’s speed and all-out hustle was something when he scored from second on an infield out.

Now, the attention turns toward a two-game set with the Mets.  The fans’ electricity at Citizens Bank Park will be turned up a notch these next two days.

Record Shutout
According to the Phillies record book, the most hits we allowed in a shutout by one pitcher was 12 (nothing listed for a combined shutou).  George “Columbia George” Smith, a right-hander, blanked the Braves on 12 hits in the second game of an August 12, 1921, twinbill in Boston.  The complete game score was 4-0.  Time of game, you won’t believe this, was 1 hour, 32 minutes.  The first game that day was a marathon, 1:54.

Smith walked one and struck out two in allowing 10 singles and two doubles.  Unfortunately, that shutout was the highlight of his worst big league season of eight, 4 wins, 20 losses.  He gave up 303 hits in 221 innings, walked 52 and struck out 45.

The major league record for most hits allowed by a pitcher in a shutout is 14, shared by Larry Cheney, Cubs, in 1913 and Milt Gaston, Senators, in 1928.  Again, that’s for one pitcher, not a combined effort. 

Alumni Reunion
With Larry Bowa, Mariano Duncan and Ken Howell on the Dodgers coaching staff, it was a mini-Phillies Alumni reunion this weekend. Even though they are wearing Dodger blue, they have a soft spot in their hearts for Phillies red.  Bowa continues to live here in the off-season.

Each believes the Phillies should win the NL East.

Players of Week
RHP Andrew Carpenter and C Travis D’Arnaud are the pitcher and player of the week, respectively, in the Phillies minor league season:
http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/downloads/y2008/082608.pdf

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