10/27/08 12:20 AM ET
World Series Game 4 tidbits
History sits squarely on Phillies' side after routing Rays
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Phillie fuel: The Phillies connected on four home runs Sunday night and have totaled nine homers this Series, the most by one club in a Fall Classic since 2002, when San Francisco hit a World Series-record 14 home runs over seven games. Additionally, eight of Philadelphia's 10 runs on Sunday came via the homer, and 14 of the team's total 20 runs this Series have come off the long ball.
Combined power: The Rays and Phillies have combined for 12 homers this Series, the most by two teams combined since 2002. With two home runs Sunday night, Tampa Bay has hit 25 home runs this postseason, establishing a record for an American League team. The Rays' 25 knocks is one more than the Angels in 2002, and puts them just two homers shy of the overall record, also set in 2002, by San Francisco.
Sonnanstine struggles with command: Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine matched a career-high three walks on Sunday night, including a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. It was the first bases-loaded free pass of Sonnanstine's career.
Errors: The Rays committed two errors, leading to two runs, and have committed five errors in the Series. Both errors Sunday night were charged to second baseman Akinori Iwamura, who committed two errors in a game for the first time in his career.
Race to the plate: The Phillies have scored first -- all in the first inning -- in each of their three wins this Series. The Rays scored first, also in the first inning, in their only Series win on Thursday night in Game 2.
Not your average Joe: Phillies starter Joe Blanton became just the 15th pitcher to homer in World Series play and the first since Oakland's Ken Holtzman in 1974. Blanton also picked up his first career World Series win and is 6-0 (including the postseason) in 13 starts since joining the Phillies at the Trade Deadline.
Slumping sluggers: The Rays' power duo of Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria has combined to go 0-for-29 with 15 strikeouts in the Series. Both players struck out twice Sunday night and were a combined 0-for-7. Together, Longoria and Pena hit .360 (9-25) in the Division Series and .264 (14-53) in the ALCS.
Home sweet home: The Phillies are undefeated at home this postseason, going 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park.
Unlikely offense: The No. 9 spot in the order for Tampa Bay produced three of the club's five hits -- one by Sonnanstine and one each by pinch-hitters Eric Hinske and Willy Aybar.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.