Dodger Blues Hit Philly
- Updated: August 18, 2013
The Phillies have won exactly one game this week. ONE. After losing another series earlier this week to the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball’s hottest team, invaded Citizens Bank Park.
L.A. has won 15 of its last 16 games, and they had their ace Clayton Kershaw going against the Phils. His 1.80 earned run average is tops in the majors, along with his 12-7 record.
After back to back singles to start the game by Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit one to John Mayberry, Jr. at first who couldn’t field it cleanly. That allowed Crawford to score from second and get L.A. on the board at 1-0.
The Phillies mustered just three hits and one walk against Kershaw in eight innings. He also hurt the Phillies with his bat, clubbing a one out double in the fifth inning to score Juan Uribe and give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
That would be all he needed.
The Phillies had just two men in scoring position on this day, and left three men on base. Starter Kyle Kendrick turned in a solid performance, going six innings and allowing seven hits but only two runs, one of them earned. He was not helped by his defense, as the team made several errors behind him.
The Dodgers would tack on three more runs in the top of the ninth on a three run home run by Uribe off of Luis Garcia. The final score was 5-0, good for the Phillies fourth loss in their last five games.
Kendrick’s record on the year is now 10-10, with an ERA of 4.36. The Phillies have lost their last four games and eight of their last ten.
They will look to avoid the sweep this afternoon when they send Cole Hamels to the mound. Hamels started the team’s last win on Monday night in Atlanta. He will be opposed by Ricky Nolasco for the Dodgers.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of CTPost.com