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No-No Offense

“The lineup we’ve got on the field tonight is our lineup. If that lineup doesn’t hit then we’re in trouble.”Charlie Manuel.

A few things about last night’s 3-0 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, where Hiroki Kuroda carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning:

  • The Phillies have been no-hit through four innings in four of their last seven games. “It seems like we go through five innings real quick,” Manuel said. “Nothing happens.”
  • They have been no-hit through five innings or longer four times this season.
  • They have lost seven of their last 12 games. That rough stretch can be pinned almost entirely on the offense. The Phillies have hit just .184 and scored just 28 runs (2.3 per game) since Aug. 18. The pitching staff has a sparkling 2.62 ERA in that span.
  • They have been shut out 11 times this season. That’s the most since they suffered 11 shutout losses in 1998.
  • They have been one-hit three times.
  • Reds pitcher Travis Wood lost a perfect game in the ninth inning July 10 at Citizens Bank Park, Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning May 23 at the Bank and Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey lost a no-hitter in the sixth inning Aug. 14.

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Roy Halladay had no frustration in his voice, but it sure sounded like things are getting frustrating for Phillies pitchers.

“It’s one of those things we’ve been going through,” he said. “I think going out you definitely feel like we need to do a good job of keeping the game close as a starter. I think the (Rod) Barajas run, at that point in the game the way (Kuroda) was throwing, it seemed to be a little too much. Yes, it’s something we’re going through as a team. Hopefully, we can get things going a little bit.”

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Remembering the NLCS

ramirez nlcs.jpgThe Dodgers still have last year’s National League Championship Series on their minds.

The Brewers hit Manny Ramirez with a pitch Tuesday in a 17-4 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers retaliated and beaned Prince Fielder with a pitch with two outs in the ninth inning. An enraged Fielder tried to storm the Dodgers clubhouse after the game only to have teammates and security guards hold him back.

Dodgers catcher Russell Martin explained why Guillermo Mota hit Fielder.

“We don’t want the same scenario that happened last year in the playoffs where the Phillies kind of tried to intimidate us by throwing at Manny and we really didn’t retaliate,” he said. “We don’t want to be considered as a team that doesn’t have our players’ backs.”

The Phillies pitched aggressively to Ramirez during the NLCS, which the Phillies won in five games. Brett Myers memorably threw behind Ramirez’s back in Game 2. The Dodgers didn’t retaliate until Game 3 in Los Angeles, when Hirkoi Kuroda threw at Shane Victorino‘s head.

“As long as you keep the ball in front it’s up to the hitter to get out of the way,” Charlie Manuel said. “Yeah, we got aggressive with Manny. Manny tries to get aggressive with us, doesn’t us? That’s how you play baseball.”

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