10/26/08 2:37 AM ET
World Series Game 3 tidbits
Game-ending play finally goes Phillies' way in Fall Classic
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Unconventional means: The Rays have scored their last eight runs with just one base hit. Tampa Bay scored four runs on Saturday, with none of the runs coming on a base hit. A sacrifice fly, two groundouts and throwing error resulted in the club's four scores. In Thursday night's Game 2, the Rays scored only one of four runs with a base hit, a second-inning single by B.J. Upton.
Got your back: Phillies sluggers Chase Utley and Ryan Howard's back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning marked the 14th time in World Series history that two teammates have accomplished the feat. The last time came in Game 2 of the 2002 Fall Classic when Reggie Sanders and David Bell both went deep for the Giants vs. the Angels. It also marked the first consecutive homers in Phillies World Series history.
Triple theft: Upton stole a record-tying three bases Saturday night, becoming just the fifth player to accomplish the feat in World Series play. Upton also tied a record for most stolen bases in one inning, in stealing second and third during Evan Longoria's at-bat, the 12th time in Series history that has been accomplished.
Deep thinking: The Phillies' three home runs were the most by one team in a World Series game since the 2002 Series, when the Giants hit three in Game 5.
Speed kills: Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford stole his seventh base of this postseason, swiping third base after a second-inning double. It was Crawford's first World Series steal. Only seven players have stolen seven or more bases in a single postseason without getting caught.
Rays running wild: Tampa Bay has swiped 22 bases this postseason, to establish a record for a single postseason. The previous mark of 20 was first accomplished by the 1975 Reds and later matched by the 1992 Braves.
Moyer gets it done: Phillies starter Jamie Moyer pitched 6 1/3 innings, his longest outing since Sept. 7 at the Mets. The veteran lefty exited with the lead, but earned a no-decision in the 96-pitch performance.
Panamanian power: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz became the third Panamanian-born player to hit a home run in a World Series game with his second-inning solo home run off Matt Garza. Ruiz is also just the second Phillies catcher to homer in a World Series game, joining Darren Daulton, who went deep in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series against Toronto. Ruiz is 4-for-5 with three walks and two RBIs in the last two games.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.