The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the worst teams in baseball. They have a 59-91 record after tonight’s game and one of the worst starting pitchers on the mound in the series opener. The pitching match-up was Clayton Kershaw against Nick Pivetta. So let me set the stage for you. The Dodgers were playing the worst team in baseball with a guy on the mound with a 6.75 ERA against Kershaw. That’s the definition of a mismatch. You would think the Dodgers would score 10 runs and win in a landslide. They got 5 hits and Kershaw allowed a grand slam home run to Aaron Altherr and the Dodgers were embarrassed in a pathetic 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Monday night.
What else can you say here? Chris Taylor led off the game with an inside the park home run, which was the first inside the park homer for a Dodger since manager Dave Roberts did it back in 2003. Then Justin Turner immediately followed with a conventional home run that landed over the fence. That was it for the Dodger’s offense for the rest of the game save for a rare solo home run from Curtis Granderson in the top of the ninth.
Dodgers 3 5 0
Phillies 4 4 0
Kershaw cruised through the game until the sixth inning when he walked two (Ty Kelly, Rhys Hoskins) and a Freddy Galvin single loaded the bases. With two outs Altherr hit the grand slam home run that put the Phillies in front for good with a 4-2 lead. That was Kershaw’s first ever grand slam allowed of his career. Kershaw pitched six innings and allowed four runs on four hits while striking out six. He walked two and made 97 pitches. His ERA has now ballooned to 2.26.
The Dodgers literally did nothing with the bats for the rest of the game garnering just five hits, and four walks. Pivetta allowed just the two homers in the first inning tossing six frames and striking out eight to pick up the win. He’s now 6-10 on the season with a 6.57 ERA. That is absolutely pitiful.
The Dodgers now fall to 96-54 and the lead in the NL West is at 9 with Arizona playing tonight at San Diego. The magic number is stuck at 4. The Dodgers will try and not give up another game tomorrow as Yu Darvish will counter a much better pitcher Aaron Nola in the second game of the series. The Dodgers should get 4 hits, maybe.
Seriously pathetic. Maybe the Dodgers can just clinch the division already? They should have clinched like two weeks ago had they not sucked so much this month. I don’t know maybe try to suck less Dodgers?