So that wasn’t fair. The Dodgers baseball’s current world-beaters took on the walking dead known as the Philadelphia Phillies. The results were predictable the Dodgers using the pitching of Zack Greinke and the hitting of Hanley Ramirez to beat Cliff Lee and the Phillies 4-0 on Friday at Citizens Bank Park to push their lead in the National League West to a season-high 8 1/2 games. And good luck Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg was named Philadelphia’s interim manager earlier Friday the Phillies apparently deciding they had to blame someone for the 53-67 disappointment of a season firing Charlie Manuel. You know the guy who won more games than any manager in Phillies history led them to five consecutive division titles and a World Series championship. But these Phillies barely resemble those teams and then Sandberg in his managerial debut had the misfortune of having to take this makeshift collection of the too young and too old into the buzzsaw that is currently the Dodgers. With their latest victory the Dodgers have now won nine consecutive games 41 of 49 overall 18 of 19 on the road and 24 of 27 since the All-Star break. Lee (10-6) actually pitched well but a two-run home run in the fourth inning by his nemesis (Ramirez is eight for 16 lifetime against Lee with three homers) was all the offense Greinke and the Dodgers would need. The Dodgers added a run in the seventh inning when A.J. Ellis walked and scored from first when sleepy-looking right-fielder Dominic Brown misplayed a Mark Ellis drive into a double that rolled to the wall.
Dodgers take winning show to Philadelphia, earn 4-0 victory
Los Angeles Times | Aug 17