The Dodgers came roaring back to erase a four run deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in the Memorial Day series opener. If you remember the Dodgers had a similar game such as this last year against the Phillies in which they hit three consecutive home runs in the ninth inning. Today they scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and then plated three unanswered runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to steal a win and give us a memorable Memorial Day.
The game started out terrible for the Dodgers though. However it’s not how you start a game, it’s how you finish it. Patchwork starter Brock Stewart, was predictably horrendous (again) allowing four earned runs over four innings. Stewart’s troubles began early for the Dodgers, as he allowed one in the first and three more in the top of the second. Meanwhile the Dodger bats couldn’t figure out hard throwing Vince Velasquez who blanked the Dodgers through the first five frames.
Phillies 4 7 2
Dodgers 5 7 1
The Phillies scored their first run on two walks, a catcher’s interference, and a wild pitch. In the second inning Stewart gave up consecutive bloop singles to Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro. One out later Cesar Hernandez’s three-run home run put Philadelphia up by a 4-0 score. The game seemed well out of reach. Ironically Hernandez would be the goat later in the game.
Velasquez continued to flummox the Dodgers, who did not have a hit (two base runners) through the first five innings. The Dodgers finally got to Velasquez in the bottom of the sixth. Yasiel Puig laced a single and advanced to second when Rhys Hoskins bumbled the ball for an error. Soon afterwards Joc Pederson’s line drive double plated Puig to get the Dodgers on the board. Later in the inning Justin Turner’s RBI single cut the score to 4-2. Velasquez would last 5.2 innings allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out six. But the Phillies would unravel in the bottom of the eighth.
Puig got the rally started again with a ground ball single that deflected off of third baseman Maikel Franco. Veteran assassin Matt Kemp slashed a double to score Puig and cut the score to 4-3. The Phillies make a pitching change, (Adam Morgan for Luis Garcia) and the Dodgers got another huge break. Pinch-hitter Enrique Hernandez’s pop-up is lost in the lights by the other Hernandez, and Kemp advances to third on the error.
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That was huge for the Dodgers because Max Muncy’s ground ball single bounced off the mound to score Kemp and tie the game at 4-4. After a Turner force play and a wild pitch, Yasmani Grandal pokes one through the hole at short to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead! What an amazing comeback!
That was all the Dodgers needed. The Dodger bullpen actually made good by pitching five scoreless innings. Scott Alexander, Erik Goeddel, Yimi Garcia, (who got the win), and Kenley Jansen combined to hold the Phillies to just two hits and no walks over five innings. Jansen earned his twelfth save of the season.
The Dodgers improve to 25-28, and could be just 2.5 games back of first place in the National League West depending on the outcome of the Giants/Rockies game. The Boys in blue face a tough challenge in the second game of the series on Tuesday night as Jake Arrieta will counter Kenta Maeda with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM PST.