Looking Back On A Blowout

"Boy, that escalated quickly... I mean, that really got out of hand fast."

-Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

Here are a few notes about last night's game:

  • Hiroki Kuroda's outing of only an inning and a third was the shortest start by a Dodger in the playoffs since John Tudor walked off the mound with an injury after getting four outs in Game 3 of the 1988 World Series, which was also played on October 18
  • Kuroda's game score of 19 was the fifth worst in Dodger playoff history
  • The Dodgers allowed a major league low 11 three-run home runs in the regular season, but have allowed three in three games to the Phillies in the NLCS
  • Carlos Ruiz is hitting .591/.719/1.045 against the Dodgers this season, including the playoffs, in 33 plate appearances, including 10 walks and just one strikeout.  Ruiz in 2009 has hit .233/.324/.377 against everyone else
  • The 11-0 loss matched the worst playoff loss in club history.  The Dodgers also lost Game 1 of the 1959 World Series by the same score, but went on to win the series 4-2.
  • Last night was the fifth time in their postseason history that the Dodgers have given up 11 or more runs.
  • Before last night, there were 20 wins by 11 runs or more in MLB playoff history that didn't end a series.  The winning team won the next game of the series 13 of 20 times.  Of all the teams that have won a playoff game by 11 or more runs, they have won that series 13 of 22 times.
  • The Dodgers have not scored a run off a Phillies' starting pitcher for the last 15.1 innings, not since the fifth inning of Game 1
  • Last night's game only counted as one win for the Phillies.  Nothing more.  In 1960 the Yankees outscored the Pirates 55 to 27 in the World Series, yet lost four games to three.

Game 3 was certainly awful for the Dodgers, but they have an immediate chance to erase that memory tonight.

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