10/13/08 12:24 AM ET
Phillies Short Hops: Game 3
Phils fall after Moyer's second straight rough start
By Kevin Horan / MLB.com
Starter Jamie Moyer struggled for the second consecutive outing, this time allowing six early runs, a deficit the Phils could not overcome.
Both benches cleared in the middle of the third inning, a result of Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda throwing behind the head of Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino. When Victorino grounded out to end the inning, he and Kuroda engaged in a brief back-and-forth, and both benches and bullpens emptied.
1 -- Jimmy Rollins' hot bat in the month of September helped the Phillies surge into the postseason. In the National League Championship Series, however, the Phils' shortstop has been almost completely held in neutral, with only one hit in 13 at-bats. In Sunday's game, Rollins was hitless in four at-bats. Game balls
Heading into Game 3, the Phillies' first baseman had been neutralized in the NLCS, held hitless in eight at-bats. Howard came out swinging in his first at-bat Sunday night, leading off the second inning with a double and scoring on a Pedro Feliz single. Howard also singled in the seventh.
The Phillies' rookie reliever made his first career postseason appearance Sunday night, and pitched well for three innings.
The lefty reliever turned in a perfect sixth inning against the top of the Dodgers' order. Sense of October
Adrenaline was running especially high among members of both teams when the benches and bullpens cleared following Kuroda's near miss of Victorino. Lines of the Game
4 AB, 2 H, 1 R
Comment: Howard was a bright spot on a night that Philly mostly struggled at the plate.
1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR
Comment: Moyer struggled for the second start in a row, allowing L.A. to take a commanding lead in the first inning.
"They hit some balls hard, and it also seemed like everything they hit went through for a hit." -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, discussing Moyer's struggles in the first inning
Home-field advantage has proved to be crucial so far in this series. Including the regular season, these two teams have met 11 times, with the home team winning each contest. The Phillies will try to interrupt that trend on Monday night in Game 4.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.