Tuesday, August 10th
The Phillies came in to the game against the red hot Los Angeles Dodgers not expecting to see Aaron Nola pitch only three solid innings when a torrential down pour came blasting through the region as the field crew had to take advantage of it and did what they had to do. Dodgers starting ace Max Schrezer was on the same loop as he didn’t get to continue after pitching three solid innings with six strikeouts and three hits. After an hour plus rain delay, the pitching match ups on both ends looked interesting as Phillies reliever J.D. Hammer came in to pitch striking out two batters while giving up one earned run and a walk. It didn’t take Hammer to make the magic work as other relievers had to pitch inning by inning and hope for the best.
Phillies reliever, Damon Jones, made his major league debut where he pitched 0.1 innings, gave up a hit, and two walks. On the other side the Dodgers reliever, Alex Vesia had great stuff as he gave up no runs and had four strikeouts. He got the win. The offense just wasn’t there for the Phillies as for the other side, the Dodgers racked up five runs where they had an easy time getting the ball on the bat. In the top of the fifth inning, the Dodgers got it going as Corey Seager blasted a 373 feet home run to help the Dodgers take the lead, 1-0. In the top of the 6th, Will Smith singled to right that brought Trea Turner home to make the score 2-0 against Phillies pitcher Matt Moore. Enyel De Los Santos came in to take Moore’s spot and he wasn’t what the Phillies needed as he gave up two more runs to put the Dodgers in the drivers seat with a 4-0 lead. Lastly, Mauricio Llovera came in to pitch the ninth for the Phillies and Max Muncy went yard against him to put the Dodgers up 5-0. The Dodgers took a 1-0 series lead as the rain delay effected the Phillies defensive momentum.
Wednesday, August 11th
Mother Nature didn’t act well as the Phillies were slated to start Kyle Gibson. So, instead of starting him knowing that some bad storms were coming in to the area in the later innings, Phillies general manager, Joe Girardi made a smart move by not starting Gibson and started Phillies reliever Connor Brogdon. Brogdon gave up some hits in the top of the first inning but the Phillies defense helped out by avoiding the Dodgers scoring abilities. Then, before the Phillies had a rain delay, they brought in Hector Neris to pitch in the second inning and he did a very decent job not allowing any runs getting on the board. In the top of the third inning, the rainy conditions poured through and the game was in a rain delay. Gibson came in to the game after the delay and had a very positive start by following Brogdon and Neris’ lead of not giving up any runs. The scoring started in the top of the fourth inning where Cody Bellinger went deep to left field for a two-run home run to help the Dodgers take a 2-0 lead. Next, Dodgers pitcher David Price came up to bat and hit a double and scored in a run to make the score 3-0.
In the bottom of the 4th, Ronald Torreyes helped the Phillies get on board as he singled and scored two runners in to make the score 3-2 Dodgers. Top 7th, Corey Seager hits one past Phillies first basemen, Alec Bohm to get a single and drove in one run to make the score 4-2. After that, Kyle Gibson threw a wild pitch that led to another run crossing the plate and the Dodgers went up 5-2. Things got rough quickly as the Dodgers were hitting tee shots off Gibson after it being 5-2. On a 3-1 count, A.J. Pollock drove in another run to make the score 6-2. The damage wasn’t close to finishing for the Phillies as Cody Bellinger launched his second home run of the night to cap off the victory as the Dodgers won, 8-2.
Thursday, August 16th
The Phillies tried to avoid the sweep against the Dodgers and they did just that. The Phillies started reliever Ranger Suarez and had a very solid start. He pitched 4.1 innings, gave up three hits, and one earned run. Although he was dealing, Phillies general manager didn’t leave him in for long, as he brought in some other relievers to pitch the rest of the game. Ian Kennedy got the save. The victory started by a Bryce Harper opposite field bomb in the bottom of the 1st to put the Phillies up 1-0. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ronald Torreyes singled to center and Bryce Harper scored to make the score 2-0. The only scoring for the Dodgers happened in the top of the ninth where Trea Turner grounded out to shortstop that let Austin Barnes score and make it a 2-1 Phillies lead. The Phillies ended up winning 2-1 to avoid a horrendous sweep.
The Phillies are now 60-55. 1st in the NL East, up a half game on the New York Mets and 1 game up on the Atlanta Braves
The Cincinnati Reds come in to Philadelphia for a weekend series which starts Friday, August 13th at 7:05pm with Zach Wheeler on the mound. You can see the game on NBC Sports Philadelphia.