Dodgers fans are used to terrible baseball in 2013, but nothing nearly as bad as Friday night. The Phillies offensive execution out-shined their own Jon Lannan's masterful pitching, resulting in a dominant 16-1 win.
Chris Capuano was perfect in his previous 11 frames of work, yet was the complete opposite against Charlie Manuel's club. In the first inning -- Domonic Brown had a RBI groundout, Delmon Young knocked in a RBI single and Ben Revere extended the lead to 3-0 with another RBI single. The bleeding carried over to the second inning, when Jimmy Rollins and Young combined to drive in three more runs.
Vin Scully described Capuano's outing by saying "He's almost pitching batting practice." Capuano ended up lasting 3 2/3 innings, surrendering 10 hits and five earned runs, while striking out four and walking one.
Lannan now sports five consecutive wins over the Dodgers, and posted seven innings of one run ball. In addition to the nice pitching line, Lannan accumulated three hits and a RBI. Lannan got support from everyone, but Young did the majority of the damage.
Prior to the Phillies west coast road trip, general manager Ruben Amora Jr. considered sending Young down to the minor leagues. Those rumors are gone, as Young went 3-for-6 with 6 RBI. Over the past four games Young is batting .714 with one home run and 8 RBI.
The Dodgers sole run came on a pinch hit RBI single by Scott Van Slyke.
However, the entire story belongs to the Phillies. Michael Young and John Mayberry Jr. both homered and helped lead their team to a ridicoulous 21 hits. Philadelphia made scoring runs in mass volume appear easy and routine. Don Mattingly waived the white flag in the ninth inning by pitching middle infielder Skip Schumaker.
Despite the disappointing effort, the Dodgers didn't lose ground on the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks. Scully summarized the game up accurately, concisely and bluntly: "This is the worst Dodgers game all year."
Saturday's pitching matchup between the Dodgers and Phillies will be worth the price of admission, as potential all-stars Hyun-Jin Ryu and Cliff Lee face off. The Dodgers expect the game to be sold out.
Home runs: Michael Young (5), John Mayberry Jr. (6)
WP - Jon Lannan (1-2) 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk
LP - Chris Capuano (2-5) 3 2/3 IP, 10 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 4 strikeouts, 1 walk