Infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fills in as a pitcher in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Yes, that is a picture of the Dodgers utility infielder/outfielder and, apparently, pitcher Skip Schumaker, which pretty much shows how out of hand the game was on Friday.
Some games were just not meant to be won, and the 16-1 drubbing the Phillies put on the Dodgers Friday night was one of those games. It was never even close, and it did not matter who was sent out to pitch because the Phillies were getting on base all night.
The loss broke the Dodgers six-game winning streak.
Chris Capuano started for the Dodgers, giving up seven runs, five earned, off of ten hits in just 3.2 innings. In Capuano's previous two starts he threw 11 scoreless innings with just three days rest in between.
Peter Moylan gave up five more runs in two innings, Matt Guerrier another three in 1.1 innings, and Brandon League one run in one inning. The only pitcher to hold the Phillies scoreless was position player, Skip Schumaker, who pitched the ninth inning, giving up one hit, walking two, and striking out one.
It was the most runs allowed in a single game, and the third time the Dodgers have given up double digit runs this season.
Michael Young went 4-6 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored, while Delmon Young was 3-6 with a double and six RBI for the Phillies.
Their team had 21 hits, but they were not even hitting the ball particularly hard. Sure, they had two home runs and four doubles, but the other 15 hits were singles. They went 8-19 with runners in scoring position.
While the Phillies had an offensive explosion, the Dodgers had just five measly hits.
Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Jerry Hairston and Scott Van Slyke each had one base hit, and Puig was the only runner to score.
Friday was a bigger news day for the Dodgers in terms of injuries. Scott Van Slyke was activated from the Disabled List, and had the only RBI for the Dodgers on a double scoring Yasiel Puig. The corresponding roster move for Van Slyke was designating Luis Cruz for assignment.
The Dodgers determined Carl Crawford’s rehab assignment, announcing that he will play four games in Single-A Rancho Cucamonga starting Sunday. He will play two games as a Designated Hitter and two in the outfield.
Around the NL West, the first-place Diamondbacks lost, and the fourth place Giants lost their fifth in a row. Those losses keep the Dodgers six games out of first, and two games from breaking out of last place.
It is a good thing this team was on a six-game winning streak before Friday’s loss. Imagine the reaction if this game happened last week when the team was muddling around 11 games under .500!
The Dodgers face Cliff Lee in the third game of the series against Philadelphia on Saturday, with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound. Hopefully they do not allow double-digit runs again.