LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers were on the short end of a history-making night after getting blown out by the Philadelphia Phillies — on Fireworks Night, no less.
Chris Capuano surrendered three runs in each of the first two innings, and the bullpen did a shoddy job as well Friday night in a 16-1 loss that included another cameo appearance on the mound by utilityman Skip Schumaker.
By the time the ninth inning mercifully rolled around, Schumaker got the nod from manager Don Mattingly to pitch. He struck out pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero with the bases loaded on his 24th pitch after retiring his first two batters. Schumaker also threw a scoreless inning of relief on April 29 against Colorado in the Dodgers’ 12-2 loss at Chavez Ravine.
“Donnie told me early on in the game that it was a possibility, so I was loose to go,” Schumaker said. “You don’t want to make a mockery of this game and get anybody hurt. I threw up and in on (John) Mayberry and I felt horrible about it. I was just trying to get out of the inning as quickly as I could. I was trying to get out of the inning without having to use anybody else and not get anybody hurt, including myself, because it’s really, really close to the plate.”
Too many of Capuano’s pitches were close to the plate, and the Phillies feasted on them. The left-hander was charged with seven runs and 10 hits over 3 2-3 innings in his third start off the DL, after throwing a combined 11 scoreless innings against the Yankees and Padres during the last road trip. He has a 9.00 ERA in five starts at Dodger Stadium this season, compared to a 1.35 figure on the road.
“It’s frustrating because when you give up some runs early as a pitcher, your only saving grace is to try to hold them right there and go as deep as you can and try to save your bullpen,” Capuano said. “The problem was that was I wasn’t locating enough to get ahead. I was falling into a lot of hitters counts. When you do that, you have to come into the zone and you get bad results. I have to do a better job of hitting the zone, attacking the zone early and getting good counts.”
Two of the runs off Capuano (2-5) were unearned, the result of a fielding error by three-time Gold Glove first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on a two-out grounder by Domonic Brown in the second.
The 15-run losing margin was the largest for the Dodgers since they moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.
“They’re no fun to be a part of,” Mattingly said. “You feel bad for the guys coming out of the bullpen. You kind of sacrifice guys. At the end of the day it ends up being a loss. Losing a game in the ninth hurts a lot more than this. The close ones that you think you should have won, those have a tendency to linger. Games like this, you take a beating and then you get ready to play tomorrow.”
It was the Dodgers’ most lopsided defeat since May 5, 2001, at Chicago, when the Cubs beat them 20-1. The last time they lost at home by more than 15 runs was July 3, 1947, at Ebbets Field when the New York Giants routed them 19-2.
“I don’t think it’s the worst one I’ve been involved in,” said Mattingly, who was a Yankees coach before joining Joe Torre’s staff midway through the 2008 season. “Cleveland beat us, they scored 20-something runs when I was coaching in New York. Then we came back and won the series. Then we go to their place two weeks later. They score 20-something runs and we end up winning the series.”
Delmon Young had a career-high six RBIs, helping John Lannan (1-2) breeze to his first victory with Philadelphia, and the Phillies ended the Dodgers’ season-best, six-game winning streak.
Young had an RBI single in the first inning, a two-run double in the second, a run-scoring fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh.
“It was a good game from top to bottom,” the Phillies’ right fielder said. “We had a good first inning, we kept putting together good at-bats and Lannan kept putting up zeros. I know it had to be the highest offensive total we’ve had all year. It wasn’t like those other games where we had a lot of hits and didn’t score many runs. Tonight we actually drove everyone in.”
The Phillies also got home runs from Mayberry and Michael Young, who finished with four hits. The Phillies, who hadn’t had more than nine runs and 16 hits in a game all season, also got a pair of run-scoring singles from Jimmy Rollins — matching his RBI total for his previous 10 games combined.
Young’s leadoff homer in the fourth gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead. Lannan made it 8-0 with his RBI single in the fifth, and the Phillies extended the margin to 12-0 with a four-run sixth highlighted by Mayberry’s two-run homer off Peter Moylan. They added three more in the seventh.
Lannan gave up five hits over seven innings in his sixth start with the Phillies and third since coming off the disabled list. The left-hander, who spent his six previous big league seasons with Washington, has won his last five decisions against the Dodgers. Lannan also was 3 for 4 at the plate.
The Dodgers’ run came on a sixth-inning double by pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke, who was reinstated from the disabled list after missing 15 games because of bursitis in his left shoulder.
The Phillies ended up with a season-high 21 hits, despite cleanup hitter Ryan Howard’s absence from the lineup. The 2006 NL MVP, batting .268 overall and .173 against left-handers, was given the day off by manager Charlie Manuel with a left-hander starting against them. And with lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers on Saturday, Manuel said he would give the 2006 NL MVP another day off before putting him back in the lineup for Sunday’s series finale.
NOTES: INF Luis Cruz, who is out of minor league options, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers. … Howard, in the second season of a five-year, $125 million contract, is batting .268 overall with 10 homers and 41 RBIs — including a current 0 for 16 drought that includes eight strikeouts. … Delmon Young had as many as five RBIs in a game on two previous occasions, most recently on Oct. 2, 2009, against Kansas City while playing for Minnesota.