"That's a real good night," manager Charlie Manuel said. "That tells our guys we can score runs. We can hit. We definitely needed a game like that."
The Phillies smashed 21 hits and rendered the final innings of this game a pointless exercise. It was the largest margin of defeat for the Dodgers at home since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The worst before that was July 3, 1947, a 19-2 loss to the New York Giants at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
Eleven different Phillies rapped hits Friday. They did it all without their most expensive hitter, Ryan Howard, in the lineup. As Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday, "Baseball is an amazingly crazy game."
Michael Young had four hits, including a home run. John Mayberry Jr., starting for Howard, smoked a two-run homer. Delmon Young drove in a career-high six runs and, at one point, had seven hits in seven at bats going back to Wednesday. That ended two shy of tying the team record with a flyout to center in the fourth.
Young's batting average has risen from .222 to .259 in three days. Until this spurt, Young's grip on a roster spot had been tenuous. He has bought more time.
"It was just a matter of time for it to click," Young said.
John Lannan tossed seven innings of one-run ball and smacked two fewer hits (three) than he allowed to Los Angeles (five). He was the first Phillies pitcher with a three-hit game since J.D. Durbin in 2007. Lannan thinks he last did it in Little League.
Even John McDonald — hitless over the span of 62 days, 20 at-bats, and three teams — singled in his Phillies debut. Everybody hit.
"It wasn't like a lot of games where we had a lot of hits and left a lot of runners on," Delmon Young said. "We actually drove everyone in."
"You know it's always there," Lannan said, "but just to see if happen like that was great for the team."
"We've been overdue for a game like this," Michael Young said.
The Phils arrive at the halfway point three games better (39-42) than last season's pace. That is not a high standard of excellence; the 36-45 record through 81 games a year ago was the franchise's worst since 1997.
Amaro is confident in his mediocre team because it plays in a mediocre division. The fact remains the Phillies are 71/2 games back of first-place Atlanta and have not been closer than 41/2 games since May 19. Something has to change on a consistent basis; it will require more than a 16-run outburst on a fortuitous Friday night.
Chris Capuano was napalm. As the Dodgers lefthander threw batting practice, the bullpen was activated in the second inning. He somehow survived 41/3 innings to the tune of seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits. When the second inning ended, the Phillies boasted six runs on eight hits. Their 12 hits through five innings were more than their total in 66 of their first 80 games.
The carnage was so vast Friday that Dodgers infielder Skip Schumaker climbed the mound to pitch the ninth inning. The fans chanted "Let's go Skip!" as he pitched for the second time this season. He stranded the bases loaded.
Schumaker was the only Los Angeles pitcher to put up a zero. That elicited the loudest cheers of the night, and the Phillies were quite content.
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