Brett Myers bobbed and weaved through seven shutout innings, while Jimmy Rollins reached base each at bat and finished a homer away from the cycle, as the Phils got their revenge with a 5-0 win and four-game sweep of LA.
Larry Bowa goes off: "If you can't get up emotionally and mentally when you're two or three games out of first place, you need to find another job, another occupation," Bowa told the Los Angeles Times. "That's what I see. I've seen teams play like this when they're 30 games out. There's no excuse for it. It's not one person. It's all of us. It's everybody that puts on a Dodger uniform. We should all be embarrassed by the way we played the last four days."
From the opposite dugout (LA Times Dodgers Blog): “They loaded the bases in the first, had men on first and third in the second, first and second in the fourth, a man on third in the fifth, loaded them again in the seventh, got them to second and third in the eighth, and, just to round things out, had men on first and third in the ninth. You can't win if you don't score. Dodgers lose 5-0 in Philadelphia, and if you had to pick a game to serve as a microcosm of the 2008 season, Monday's game is as good a choice as any. I'm leaving out those boring innings where, like, only one guy got on, because I figure by now you've already popped an artery in your forehead.”
Readers weigh in: “LA played really poorly this series and the Phils took advantage of their opportunities for the most part. Still, people are excited about the offense, but this series was all about the new-style ‘pitching first’ Phils. LA was just stymied this series offensively. In particular, I was really impressed how the Phils completely put the clamps on Manny. He was a total non-factor this series offensively: 2 for 14 (2 singles), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K Phils weren't going to let Manny beat them and he didn't. Phils' pitching this series against Manny reminded very much of the Cards series at the start of this month. They are content to let a guy like Ludwick try and beat them, but they weren't just going to give Pujols anything that series. Phils followed a pretty similar game plan and it worked really well.” – MG