Phillies Crush L.A. 11-0, Take 2-1 lead

The Dodgers dug themselves into a chilly hole in Philadelphia, losing game three of the Championship Series 11-0. Held to three scattered singles, they were knocked out of he game after the fifth Philadelphia batter, former Dodger Jayson Werth, slugged a two-run home run in a four-run first inning.

Hiroki Kuroda, who hadn't faced a major league hitter since September 28 in Pittsburgh, was battered hard and early, allowing six hits, four of them for extra bases, and left with one out in the second inning, trailing 5-0.

The Philadelphia starter, Cliff Lee, on the other hand, was never threatened. He allowed one runner in scoring position, that coming in the seventh inning, gave up three hits and struck out 10, suddenly impotent Dodger batters.

They loss puts Los Angeles in a 2-1 hole that may be too deep to scrambled out of. They need to win one game in Philadelphia to bring the series back to Los Angeles and must win three of the final four to reach the World Series.

The Dodger starting staff, in a flux for most of the season, saw 12 different starters used but they have been saved by a remarkable bullpen who led the National League in earned run average.

But they couldn't save the team last night after Kuroda's meltdown in the first inning and, in fact, allowed five runs of their own in the rout.

Billingsley, who hadn't worked since September 29, retired nine of the first 10 he faced, working around a walk, but then allowed a pair of two-out runs in the fifth to make to 8-0. Ron Belisario surrendered a three-run home run to another former Dodger, Shane Victorino, in the eighth.

Manny Ramirez ripped a single to center leading off he second inning but was eliminated when James Loney hit into a double play. Ramirez also dropped a soft single into right field in the fifth and Ron Belliard tommyhawked a high, outside pitch into right field in the seventh for the third, and final, Los Angeles hit of the night.

The loss was the worst since the Chicago White Sox also posted an 11-0 win in the opening game of the 1959 World Series. The Dodgers went on to win their first championship in Southern California in six games.

A 2-1 deficit was overcome in 1981 and 1988 but Los Angles lost to the Phillies last year after trailing after three games.

After sweeping the Cardinals and banging out 14 hits in the first game of the series against Philadelphia, the Dodgers have scored only two runs in 18 innings when a crucial error helped them win 2-1 in the second game of the series, scoring on the error and a bases-loaded walk.

At the same time the hitters went flat, the pitching took a turn for the worse and after three game the Dodgers have a bloated, 6.92 earned run average.

Kuroda said after the game that he felt fine, his arm felt fine and while warming up he had perfect control. However, once the game started his command left him.

He retired leadoff man Jimmy Rollins, then in rapid order, Victorino singled and stole second, Chase Utley singled, Ryan Howard tripled into the right field corner, driving in the first two runs, and Werth crushed a 427-foot shot over the center field wall to make it 4-0.

Los Angeles has hit a stretch similar to the one the suffered in Washington, Pittsburgh and San Diego on their final road trip. They have scored only 21 runs in the six post-season games and are 9-for-48 with men in scoring position in the playoffs.

Rafael Furcal is 1-for-11, Casey Blake 1-for-10 and Matt Kemp is 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

As a passer-by remarked when he watched two trains speeding toward each other on the same track, "It's a heck of a way to run a railroad."

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 000 000- 0
Philadelphia	420 020 03x-11

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .091
Belliard 2b	4  0  1  0  .333
Ethier rf	3  0  0  0  .273
Ramirez lf	3  0  2  0  .250
Kemp cf	        3  0  0  0  .250
Loney 1b	3  0  0  0  .300
Blake 3b	3  0  0  0  .091
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
Martin c	3  0  0  0  .333
Kuroda p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Elbert p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Billingsley p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Hudson ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta 3b	0  0  0  0  .000
-----------------------------------------
 Totals	        29  0  3  0
 Philadelphia	33 11 11 11

 Left on base- Los Angeles 2, Philadelphia
6. RISP- Los Angeles 0-for-2, Philadelphia
6-for-13. DP- Blake, Belliard and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
Kuroda (0-1)	1.1  6  6-6  0  1 40.50
Elbert	        0.1  0  0-0  2  0  0.00
Billingsley	3.1  2  2-2  2  3  5.40
Troncoso	2.0  0  0-0  2  3  0.00
Belisario	1.0  3  3-3  1  0 13.50
 PB- Martin. WP- Elbert. T- 3:12
Att- 45,721.
Wolf Hopes to Stop the Bleeding
Lefthander Randy Wolf, a former Phillie, will have the task of slowing the Dodgers free-fall. He's made 275 Major League regular-season starts but his appearance against St. Louis in the Division Series was his first ever post-season appearance.

His mound opponent will be Joe Blanton, who was 12-8 in the regular season. The clubs will take Tuesday off and finish their three games in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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