Dodgers 2 8 2
Phillies 3 11 0
WP- Bastardo (3-1)
LP- Howell (1-2)
S- Papelbon (6)
The Dodgers lost again to the Phillies on Tuesday night in the fifth extra inning game of the season. Two big errors cost the Dodgers the game, and they now have committed 22 errors in 21 games. The starters Hyun-jin Ryu and A.J. Burnett were not involved in the decision, and both pitchers allowed two runs apiece. Burnett even came up with a career high 3 base hits, while the Dodgers struggled at the plate once again for most of the night. Adrian Gonzalez‘s 16-game hitting streak came to a screeching halt. The two Dodger runs came off a FedEx double, Ryu sac bunt and Crawford sac fly in the fifth and a Gordon double/stolen base and a pinch-hit RBI single by Justin Turner in the seventh.
Hanley Ramirez continues to struggle in the field and at the plate. He only managed 1 hit in 5 at-bats, and he committed a bumbling fielding error as well. Crawford was charged with an error in the top of the tenth which led the Phillies to plate the winning run after Dominic Brown doubled in Carlos Ruiz.
Matt Kemp also went hitless on the night, and he now dips below the Mendoza Line with a .196 batting average. Dee Gordon was the only spark during the night, and the feisty birthday boy collected two hits and two stolen bases. Gordon had to be taken out of the game in the seventh after being shaken up on his slide into third base while stealing. Let’s hope Gordon is okay, because he’s the Dodgers only semblance of actual well-played baseball as of right now. Here’s how it all happened:
Hyun-jin Ryu pitches a very nice and easy 1-2-3 inning on three ground balls.
In the home half of the first, Yasiel Puig loops a double off the center field wall with one out. Hanley Ramirez, who is in a major slump, strikes out against A.J. Burnett. Puig takes second on a wild pitch in the dirt which goes all the way to the backstop. Burnett is struggling a bit here, and he walks Adrian Gonzalez which brings up Matt Kemp who is 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts against Burnett. History repeats itself. Kemp strikes out.
Ryan Howard, who hit a big homerun last night against Paul Maholm, singles to right in the top of the second. Carlos Ruiz lines out sharply to Dee Gordon at second. Then the obligatory Hanley error pops up as a Dominic Brown reaches on the miscue. The ball hits the outside of Hanley’s glove. Howard moves over to second on the play. Jayson Nix pops out to Gordon. Ryu strikes out Freddy Galvis to end the inning, and the Phillies strand two runners.
Uribe strikes out to begin the bottom of the second. Birthday boy Dee Gordon gets an infield single to short. With Tim Federowicz at-bat,
Gordon runs and steals his eleventh base of the season. FedEx looks at strike three. He is now hitting an abysmal .088. Ryu grounds out to Rollins, and the Dodgers waste the base hit and stolen base from Dee.
Hanley singles the other way with two outs in the bottom of the third. With Gonzo in the batter’s box, Hanley steals his third base on the season. Gonzo, who has a 16-game hitting streak on the line, dribbles a little grounder to second to end the inning. Sigh.
The Dodgers continue to pitch to Carlos Ruiz for some reason, and he triples off the left field wall in the top of the fourth. Crawford almost catches it, but the ball bounces away and CC has trouble picking it up. Brown walks. Nix grounds into a fielder’s choice as Ruiz is tagged out coming down the third base line toward home. Galvis grounds into a force out, and the Phillies once again strand two runners.
Matt Kemp is retired again by Burnett in the bottom of the fourth on a groundout to short. Hey, at least he didn’t strike out. The Dodgers go down in order, and they have yet to score in the series.
The Phillies get on the board in the top of the fifth. A.J. Burnett comes up with his second base hit of the game, a single to left. Revere also singles, his to right. Byrd singles to left, and Burnett comes in to score. Howard’s sacrifice fly brings in another run, and the Phillies lead 2-0. This time Mattingly makes the right move by intentionally walking Ruiz. Brown grounds into a force out, and the damage is contained to two runs.
The Dodgers finally score in the bottom of the fifth. FedEx leads off the inning with a double, and Ryu successfully sacrifice bunts him over to third. Another sacrifice, a fly ball from Crawford, brings home FedEx. The Dodgers score their first run in two games versus Philly. Hallelujah!
A.J. Burnett comes up with his third hit of the night (a career high) with two out in the sixth. Revere singles up the middle right past Ryu’s glove. Rollins grounds into the force out, and the Phillies strand another two runners.
The Dodgers go down in order in the bottom of the sixth. Kemp is now hitting an even .200.
Chris Withrow comes out of the Dodgers bullpen to relieve Hyun-jin Ryu in the seventh. Ryu went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 9 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks on 106 pitches. Withrow whiffs Byrd. Withrow whiffs Howard. Ruiz flies out. Great inning from Withrow.
Gordon takes a chance, and on a base hit to center the speedy Dee stretches it out for a double in the bottom of the seventh. With FedEx at the plate, Dee steals third! He’s such an exciting player. FedEx goes down on strikes, and Justin Turner will come up to hit for Withrow. Turner comes off the bench and singles to right! Gordon brings in the tying run. That’s going to be all for Burnett who made 105 pitches. Jake Diekman, a lefty, will come in out of the Philly bullpen. Turner steals second without so much as a throw with CC at-bat. Crawford pops up to end the inning.
A.J. Burnett allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts and a walk over 6 2/3 innings.
Brian Wilson will pitch the eighth for the Dodgers. Wilson puts the tiebreaker on by hitting Nix in the buttocks with a pitch with one out. With Galvis at-bat, Hanley makes a nice tag to mow down Nix on a steal attempt! Galvis ends up flying out to center.
Mike Adams is the third pitcher of the night for Philly, and he sends the Dodgers down in order quietly in the bottom of the eighth.
Kenley Jansen comes in for the top of the ninth. Tony Gwynn Jr. strikes out. Ben Revere comes up with his fourth hit of the night, a single to center. Rollins fouls out. Kenley rears back to strikes out Byrd, and we’re heading to the bottom of the ninth in a 2-2 tie.
Antonio Bastardo will come in for the Phils. Kemp flies out. Uribe grounds one to deep short, and Rollins long throw can’t be picked by Howard at first. It’s ruled a base hit for Uribe. SVS strikes out swinging. Down goes FedEx, striking out a third time.
J. P. Howell is in for the top of the tenth inning. Another Dodgers error allows Ruiz to reach second. Crawford and Hanley almost collide on a routine pop fly, and the ball hits Crawford in the chest and falls. Brown promptly dunks a double to center, and just like that the Phillies lead 3-2. They give Crawford the error, but that was Hanley’s fault in my opinion.
Jonathan Papelbon comes in for the bottom of the tenth. Turner flies out. Crawford flies out. Puig manages a two-out single, which will bring up Hanley who pops up to end the game. Papelbon only needed 7 pitches to retire the side.