The Dodgers could not have ended their season-best six-game winning streak any more spectacularly. Their 16-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night marked their most one-sided home loss ever in Los Angeles.
That's right: ever.
The last time they lost a home game by as many runs was on July 3, 1947, when they dropped a 19-2 decision to the New York Giants at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier less than three months before that.
"Nothing really went right tonight," Manager Don Mattingly said.
The Dodgers never had a chance. They were down by three runs after one inning and by six after two. With Chris Capuano failing to complete four innings, they became the first team to give up 10 or more runs to the Phillies this season. Only one of the five pitchers they used did not allow a run and that was utilityman Skip Schumaker, who pitched the ninth inning in an effort to preserve the bullpen.
If there was anything positive about the loss, it was that it was too lopsided to inflict any lasting emotional damage on the Dodgers.
"Losing a game in the ninth hurts a lot more than this," Mattingly said.
And it wasn't as if the fans went home without witnessing something special. The Legend of Yasiel Puig remained very much alive.
Puig hit a ball so hard in the fourth inning that even though it hit the right-field wall on the fly, he could get only to first base before it was thrown back into the infield. He made a couple of throws from right field to home plate that didn't result in outs but were nonetheless breathtaking. He easily scored from first base in the sixth inning on a double by pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke.
Puig was one for three with a walk and is now hitting .424.
The game otherwise was downright ugly. Capuano hadn't given up any runs in his previous two starts, but was in immediate trouble against the Phillies.
Michael Young and Chase Utley led off the first inning with back-to-back singles. Jimmy Rollins walked to load the bases. Young scored when Domonic Brown grounded into a force out. Utley scored on a hit by Delmon Young. Brown scored on a single by Ben Revere.
Like that, the Dodgers were already down, 3-0.
The Phillies doubled their lead to 6-0 an inning later. Utley doubled and scored on a single by Rollins. A double by Delmon Young drove in two runs.
Michael Young added another run with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Capuano never made it out of the inning, as Mattingly removed him with two outs and the Dodgers trailing, 7-0.
Of the seven runs charged to Capuano, five were earned. He gave up a season-high 10 hits.
His replacement, Peter Moylan, fared no better. Moylan pitched two innings and was pounded for five runs, including four in a sixth inning that was capped by a two-run home run by John Mayberry Jr.
Matt Guerrier played the role of victim in the seventh inning, when the Phillies knocked him around for three runs and four hits.
Five Phillies had multi-hit games, including starting pitcher John Lannan, who was three for four with a run batted in and a run scored. Delmon Young, who had 19 RBIs entering the game, drove in six. He was three for six. The Phillies' other Young, Michael, was four for six with three runs and two RBIs.
Lannan won for the first time this season and dropped his earned-run average by more than a run, from 5.84 to 4.83.
The 16 runs and 21 hits given up by the Dodgers were season highs.
The last time they lost by as many runs anywhere was on May 5, 2001, when they fell, 20-1, to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun