Hey, if you’re going to have a six-game winning streak come to end, might as well make it a loss of the mushroom cloud variety. The historic kind.
One of those no-doubters, a rub-your-nose-in-it losses where they kick sand on your face and snicker, and maybe stand over you and pound their chests.
Losses like Friday’s 16-1 pasting at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, where the Dodgers saw their winning streak obliterated almost beyond memory before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 48,828.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the largest margin of defeat at home in Los Angeles Dodgers history. The last time they lost by more than 15 runs at home came in a 19-2 loss to the New York Giants at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn on July 3, 1947.
The last time they lost by more runs in any game was in a 20-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 5, 2001.
The 16 runs and 21 hits were the most the Dodgers have allowed all season. It was ugly from start to finish.
Left-hander Chris Capuano did not exactly have his best outing, surrendering three runs in both the first and second innings. He also gave up a solo home run in the fourth to Michael Young. In his 3 2/3 innings, he gave up seven runs on 10 hits.
Peter Moylan took over, and safe to say, did not fare any better. He went two innings, allowing five runs, four coming in the sixth inning.
By then it was 12-0 and no one in Dodger Blue was expecting the cavalry, exciting new offense or not. Guys off the bench started flooding into the game for both teams.
The Dodgers could do little with Phillies right-hander John Lannan, who came into the game winless in his five previous starts and in possession of a 5.40 earned-run average.
But Lannan held the Dodgers without a run through five innings, limiting them to three singles.
That shiny new Dodgers offense managed to avoid being shut out by scratching across a run in the bottom of the sixth. Yasiel Puig walked and scored from first on a double by Scott Van Slyke, activated off the disabled list prior to the game.
The Phillies snorted and came back with three more in the seventh against reliever Matt Guerrier.
Lannan took his record to 1-2 with the victory. He went seven innings, holding the Dodgers to one run on five hits. He had three hits himself, but, then again, who in a Phillies uniform didn’t?
After managing 14 hits Thursday against the Dodgers, the Phillies collected 20 on Friday. Michael Young had four hits, including a homer and double. Delmon Young, who had 19 RBIs all season, managed to drive in six runs Friday.
Things were so out of hand, utility player Skip Schumaker made his second relief appearance of the season. Despite clearly being squeezed by home-plate umpire Dale Scott, Schumaker kept his ERA a perfect 0.00 by striking out Humberto Quintero with the bases loaded.
He was the only Dodgers pitcher not to allow a run all night.
Puig managed to give the Dodgers a thrill even in the loss with about the hardest-hit single possible. In the fourth inning he lined a drive off the right-field wall. It was a shot, but he struck it so hard it bounced right back to Delmon Young and Puig had to hold at first.
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