Thursday, August 11, 2011

Phillies sweep Dodgers in 'instant classic'

The Phillies pulled off the improbable yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles. They needed one more victory to sweep the Dodgers and put their road trip into the record books as one of the most successful trips that the Phillies have ever had. The Phils started off the last game in LA by making Chad Billingsley throw more than 35 pitches in an inning, the Dodgers retaliated by scoring a quick 5 runs in their half of the first inning off of Vance Worley. Even Vin Scully thought the Dodgers would cruise to victory behind that, as he announced the game on the Dodgers radio network and liked what he saw from the blue crew in the 1st inning.

The game though would turn out to be an 'instant classic' for the Phillies. An 'instant classic' is one of the games that you would like to have in your collection of games on video as the Phillies didn't look like they would get a victory early on, but they stormed back and earned the win by the end of the game.

Vance Worley had one of his roughest starts of his professional career yesterday, lasting 4 innings and surrendering 6 hits and 6 runs before his day was done. Maybe it was his homecoming as Worley had attended Long Beach State in college and the home town jitters just got the best of him. He had probably been to Dodger stadium a number of times as a fan, and now here he was pitching to the LA Dodgers. That in itself is a daunting task, but Worley didn't get tagged with a loss in this game and he is still 8-1 on the season for the Phillies.

What we saw from the Phillies on this western road trip was the best 10 game road trip ever, that is a 129 year record that we're talking about here, so we all saw history being made. 9-1 is a mark that hasn't been done before in a 10 game road trip by the Phillies. This road trip now over, the Phillies come home to face the Washington Nationals over the weekend.

Road Trip recap:

  • Phillies sweep Colorado Rockies series Aug. 1-3
  • Phils win 3 of 4 games with San Francisco Aug 4-7
  • In LA, the Phillies sweep Los Angeles to go 9-1 on the best 10 game road trip for the Phillies
  • Phillies scored a combined 47 runs in 10 games on the 9-1 road trip
  • The only loss on the road trip is the San Francisco Giants game vs. Tim Lincecum on Sunday, Aug 7 

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