By the Numb3rs
14 -- Runs scored by the Dodgers in the first four innings of the first three games of this series, compared to the zero runs they have scored from the fifth inning on. That is in contrast to the Dodgers' division-series sweep of the Chicago Cubs, when they scored just five runs, all in a single inning of Game 2, in the first four innings. The Dodgers are hitting just .130 (6-for-46) after the fourth inning in the series with the Phillies.
ESPN research pointed out that Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to ever start an LCS game (45 years, 329 days). The five runs Los Angeles scored in the first inning are the most first-inning runs in Dodgers franchise postseason history. The win snapped Joe Torre's six-game LCS losing streak, which was the longest LCS losing streak for a manager since Davey Johnson lost six straight from 1988 to 1996. The loss snapped Philadelphia's five-game LCS win streak.
--Nomar Garciaparra drew the starting nod in place of James Loney. Nomar has appeared in the LCS twice with Boston in 1999 and 2003. The Whittier native batted .400 (8-for-20) with two homers and five RBI in 1999. After collecting a pair of singles and an RBi, He ran his career record over 30 career postseason games, Garciaparra is batting .327 (36-for-110) with a .390 on-base percentage, .598 slugging percentage, seven homers, and 24 RBI. He ranks seventh among active players with a .314 career batting average. James Loney replaced him late in the game and struck out as a pinch-hitter. Loney had at least one hit his first six career postseason games and is now batting .346 (9-for-26).
Manny Ramirez drove in a first inning run to give him eight during the playoffs and 72 in his postseason career, which ranks second all-time behind Bernie Williams (80). Ramirez has hit safely in 41 of his last 46 postseason games, with a .353 (61-for-173) average during that span. His teams are 59-42 overall in the postseason. Ramirez has three homers in his first five playoff games this year. The only other Los Angeles Dodgers to accomplish that feat are Steve Garvey and Ron Cey, who homered three times in the first five games of the 1978 NLCS.
Russell Martin had a hit in the first five postseason games this season and seven of the eight playoff games he's played in during his career. He has a .313 career postseason average (10-for-32) with five RBI and six runs scored. Although he was hitless last night, he was hit twice and walked.
Blake DeWitt's triple was his first his of the series but he has knocked in five runs. Davey Lopes holds the Dodgers' record for triples in a NLCS (2).
Matt Kemp, dropped from sixth to seventh in the order after going 1-for-7 with a double and two strikeouts in the first two games of the series, responded by going 2-for-4 with two singles. ...
Dodgers relievers have been outstanding, holding Phillies hitters to a paltry .167 batting average thus far in the series. Phillies hitters have taken 70 swings against Dodgers relievers and hit only 4 balls hard. They have just 1 extra-base hit in 40 plate appearances against the Los Angeles relievers in the three games.
Dodgers pitchers have held leadoff man Jimmy Rollins to just 1 hit in 13 at-bats in the NLCS by keeping the ball down. Rollins posted a .293 average and .491 slugging percentage this season on balls located at the thighs or higher, but hit just .251 and slugged .360 on balls at the knees or lower. All but 2 of his October at-bats against the Dodgers have ended with a low pitch. Rollins has punched out 4 times in the last two games by chasing a pitch down, out of the strike zone.
More than 800 credentials were issued for the 2008 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. That includes more than 30 daily newspapers from around the country, several wire services and major sports websites, and media outlets from at least eight different countries – the United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador.
Game 3 Notes, Sunday, October 12
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