The whole universe must've conspired together for the defending World Series champions. Perhaps it was just Cliff Lee. And the Phillies.
The bottom of the first inning may have started with a fly out in the right field, but it was followed by successful hits and a rally of runs. Ryan Howard started the rally with 2-run triple RBI that brought Shane Victorino, who hit a single, and Chase Utley, who hit a double, to the home plate.
As if that was not enough, Jayson Werth hit a 2-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda's 93 MPH fastball. The Phillies earned two more runs from Howard and Werth. As the right fielder stepped on the plate, the Phillies were 4-0 on board.
Bottom of the second. Cliff Lee was out on a sacrifice bunt to advance Carlos Ruiz from second base to the third. After Jimmy Rollins hit double, Ruiz gave the Phillies another run. Joe Torre had to replace Hiroki Kuroda with Scott Elbert. It was two short but terrible innings for the Japanese starter.
Cliff Lee kept dominating the mound with two strikeouts in the 3rd inning, one in the 4th, 5th and 6th, two in the 7th and 8th. A total of 10 stike outs including the third batter in first inning. He only gave up 3 hits, one for Belliard and two for Ramirez.
Chad Billingsley also struck out Phillies; he had Jayson Werth twice and Cliff Lee. the great The last two were both on the fifth inning. It was the same inning that the Phillies earned another runs, one from Raul Ibañez on Pedro Feliz' triple who also scored on Carlos Ruiz' line drive single in the right centre field.
The Dodgers were not able to make any runs, yet, and the Phillies were not yet done running to the home plate.
Shane Victorino, who was 1-3 (single, walk, strike out), homered on a fly ball to the right field. He scored the batterymen. Ruiz was walked earlier followed by Cliff Lee who hit a single on a ground ball in the centre field. They sealed 11 runs on board for the defending champions.
Five Dodgers pitched for the game giving up a total of 11 runs and 11 hits while the Phillies only had Cliff Lee and Chad Durbin. The closer had 3 up, 3 down. No chance for a run.
Cliff Lee earned 2-0 record, 0.74 ERA, and more fans this post-season.