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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Phillies 11, Dodgers 0: NLCS Game 3 Recap: Notes From Sunday's Game

Well, that was interesting.

  1. Hiroki Kuroda was awful, atrocious, and horrifyingly bad all rolled into one (1.1 IP, 6 ER, 6 Hits, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HR Allowed, 4 XBH Allowed, 39 pitches - 20 for strikes). Blame the layoff, blame the neck injury, blame whatever you want, but he was bad. Plain and simple.
  2. Bullpen: 6.2 IP, 5 Runs, 5 Hits, 6 K, 7 BB, 1 HR Allowed, 1 WP. 4 relievers.
  3. Chad Billingsley made his first appearance since September 29th, and considering the long layoff, I thought he pitched well (3.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 Hits, 3 K, 2 BB). He didn't run into trouble until his last inning of work, Feliz's triple would have been caught at Dodger Stadium, and he threw somewhere between 5-10 pitches that made the Phillies hitters look foolish. Shane Victorino's bat in the stands would attest to that. I'm already on record as saying I would have started him, and my opinion hasn't changed. I wonder, has Torre's?
  4. I would have left Billingsley in to pitch, probably until the end of the game. At least through the end of the 6th inning, and probably the 7th inning. Saving the bullpen was clearly a priority tonight.
  5. Manny Ramirez (2 Singles) and Ronnie Belliard (Single) were the only Dodgers to reach base. That's right, 3 baserunners.
  6. The perfect recipe to not score runs: the offense struck out 10 times and drew 0 walks.
  7. One disconcerting note is that the offense has been progressively worse in each game of the NLCS.
  8. There's always tomorrow though.
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