LOS ANGELES – It took 81 games, exactly half a season, but the Phillies finally reached double-digit runs in a game Friday night.
They pounded the Los Angeles Dodgers, 16-1, at Dodger Stadium.
The 15-run margin of defeat was the largest ever in a Los Angeles Dodgers' home game. The Dodgers came to Los Angeles in 1958.
Surging Delmon Young had six RBIs.
The offense wasn’t the only standout. Lefty John Lannan pitched seven innings of one-run ball for his first win as a Phillie.
The Phillies are 3-2 on this 10-game road trip. They blew leads in the ninth inning and seventh inning in the two losses.
At the mathematical halfway point of the season, the Phillies are 39-42. They are 7½ games behind first-place Atlanta. At the halfway point last year, they were 36-45 and 11 games back.
Starting pitching report
Lannan went seven innings and allowed five hits and a run. He walked just one and struck out two. Lannan loves pitching in Dodger Stadium. He is 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in four career starts at Chavez Ravine.
The Phillies hammered Dodgers’ lefty Chris Capuano for 10 hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 innings.
Capuano is 1-4 with an ERA of 9.00 in five starts at Dodger Stadium this season. He has a 1.35 ERA in six road starts.
Phillippe Aumont and Joe Savery each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Dodgers’ bullpen got pounded. After three relievers gave up nine runs, manager Don Mattingly sent position player Skip Schumaker to the mound for the ninth inning. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero to end the frame.
At the plate
The Phillies had a season-high 21 hits. Michael Young had four hits, including a homer, and Delmon Young and Lannan both had three apiece.
Delmon Young is 9 for 14 in the last three games. The hot streak has coincided with manager Charlie Manuel saying it was time for Young to start producing.
John Mayberry Jr. also homered for the Phils.
The Phils reached double-digit runs in a game six times last year and 12 times in 2011.
In the field
Young’s inspired play showed in right field as well. He gunned down Scott Van Slyke at the plate to prevent a run in the sixth.
Struggling Ryan Howard got the day off and will get another one on Saturday (see story).
Mike Adams explains his reason for choosing rehab over surgery on his injured shoulder (see story).
Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85) are the pitchers Saturday night. Both are left-handers.