Cliff Lee Lowers Postseason ERA To 0.74
The Phillies pounded the Dodgers 11-0 on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda had no command of his pitches and gave up six runs and six hits in an inning and-a-third.
The Phillies hit two doubles, two triple and two homers in the contest that enabled the Phillies to move to within two wins of playing their second consecutive World Series.
Cliff Lee dominated the Dodger hitters by throwing eight innings of scoreless baseball while striking out 10 with no walks. His 2009 postseason record is 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA. He has allowed only two runs in 24 innings and has struck out 20 while walking three.
Lee and Pedro Martinez have combined to give up only two runs in 31 innings in the postseason. Their pickups during the summer were a key to the Phillies success in the regular season also with them having a combined 12-5 record.
Ryan Howard finished the game with three more runs batted in giving him 12 for the postseason in 26 at bats. Last year in their World Championship season Howard posted nine runs batted in while batting 52 times so he is far ahead of that pace this postseason.
Jayson Werth hit his third postseason homer while Shane Victorino hit his second of the postseason. No other Phillies player has more than one homer.
Manny Ramirez had two of the three Dodger hits in the game.
Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Gametime: 4:13 ET on Fox
Starting Pitchers: Andy Pettitte 1-0, 1.42 in the 2009 postseason will take the mound first against Jered Weaver 1-0, 1.23.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
Gametime: 8:07 on TBS
Starting Pitchers: Joe Blanton 0-0, 4.91 will be making his first start of the 2009 postseason as Phillies try to win their third game of the NLCS. Randy Wolf 0-0 and has a 4.91 ERA like Blanton in the postseason after his only start.
Summation: The Yankees and Phillies will both be trying to win their third game of the league championship series.
The Yankees are hitting .288 to the .154 batting average posted by the Angels. The Phillies are only outhitting the Dodgers in the NLCS with a slight edge with a .245 batting average to the .234 posted by the Dodgers.
The Yankees have posted a 1.64 ERA while the Angels have a 2.21 ERA in the ALCS.
The Phillies have a 2.77 ERA while the Dodgers have posted a 6.92 ERA in the NLCS. Both pitching staffs have struck out 19 but the Dodgers have walked 15 while the Phillies have allowed five walks.