10/18/09 11:45 PM ET
Dodgers Short Hops: Game 3
Kuroda's short night digs early hole in lopsided loss
By David Ely / MLB.com
The Dodgers never were in this game as the Phillies erupted for four runs in the first inning. Philadelphia rolled to an easy win. Frozen moment
Pick any of the lasers hit off of Hiroki Kuroda in the first or second inning, any of them will sum up the game. Let's just go with Jayson Werth's towering two-run homer over the center-field fence that gave Philadelphia a 4-0 lead. Big number
0 -- For a second consecutive game, the Dodgers were held without an extra-base hit. Meanwhile, the Phillies hit two home runs, two triples and two doubles in Game 3. Game balls
His start in Game 3 was was about as bad as it gets in the postseason. He repeatedly fell behind hitters in his brief time on the mound, and the strikes he threw were grooved over the plate and crushed by the Phillies. He only lasted 1 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on six hits.
He was put on the roster specifically to get left-handed hitters out (or turn around the switch-hitting Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino). But when he came out of the 'pen in the second, he walked two batters and forced manager Joe Torre to go to Chad Billingsley.
Matt Kemp was held without a hit -- as were many other Dodgers hitters -- but he also struck out twice and left three on base. It probably wouldn't have made a difference in the outcome, but a couple hits might have boosted the team's confidence heading into Monday night.
Sense of October
Going to Billingsley out of the bullpen was a desperation move by the Dodgers to save their bullpen from a long night of work. It was important that the Dodgers didn't waste too many relievers on Sunday with a crucial Game 4 looming on Monday.
3 AB, 2 H, 1 K, 1 LOB
Comment: If you could call a two-single night a bright spot, then Ramirez's performance was the highlight of Game 3 for Los Angeles. Ramirez entered the night hitting .429 in his career against Cliff Lee, and he continued his success against Lee.
3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Comment: Billingsley came out to pitch the end of the second inning, and for a few innings he was able to hold back the Philadelphia offense. He had a 1-2-3 third inning and cruised through the fourth, but he ran into trouble in the fifth. He gave up a two-out walk and then back-to-back RBI hits and finished his night with two runs allowed.
"Today is one of those games. You know, they scored 11 runs, they only beat us once. So that's good news for us. But obviously we didn't pitch to where we're supposed to pitch today." -- Torre
It's gut-check time for Los Angeles in Game 4 on Monday night. Randy Wolf will look to even the series for the Dodgers and ensure a trip back home.
David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.