The Phillies lost Game 3 of the NLDS to the Dodgers, 7-2. Jaime Moyer went 1.1 innings, and allowed 6 earned runs. On the other hand, Dodgers starter, Kuroda went 6 innings, and allowed 2 earned runs.
You had to expect this game coming, as the Dodgers are too good of a team to go down in the series 3-0. The Phillies and Dodgers have played 11 times so far this season, including the regular season, and the home team is 11-0 in those games. The Phillies have to find a way to win one of the next two in Los Angeles, to go home with a 3-2 series lead, and only need one win.
Coming into the series, we thought that these two teams were fairly evenly matched, and where there was an advantage, it was a small one. It would have been nice to win this game, but with a 2-0 series lead, the Phillies can afford to lose this game, as long as they come out and play in Game 4.
In the actual game, the benches cleared on a play where Dodgers pitcher Kuroda pitched over the head of Shane Victorino. Victorino grounded out in the at bat, and the benches cleared afterwards, but it wasn't anything more than a shouting match. The Dodgers are basically a bunch of little bitches, who get upset when there is a pitch inside. Let by the biggest bitch on the team, Russell Martin, who gets upset anytime a pitch is thrown on the inside corner of the plate.
The pitching matchups are shaking up to be something to keep an eye on in this series. The Dodgers have decided to only use three pitchers this series, going with Derek Lowe again in Game 4, and then Billingsley, Kuroda, and Lowe again throughout the rest of the series, if those games are needed. It looks like the Phillies will pitch Joe Blanton in Game 4, which means Hamels, and then Myers will go in Games 5 and 6. If this series goes to Game 7, will the Phillies throw out Moyer again even if he just got lit up? It may not matter, they may not have a choice. It would either have to be Moyer or Blanton, so we will see how Joey B. pitches in Game 4.
Game 4 is Monday night, 8:22 EDT, Blanton vs. Lowe. Phillies lead series 2-1.