A pair of home runs from David Freese, and Justin Turner was the difference makers, as the Dodgers drowned the Phillies in the third game of the four game series. For the third time on this road trip the Dodgers had to endure a lengthy rain delay. This recent inclement weather stoppage lasted for two hours and thirty seven minutes before play resumed. When it did the Dodgers tacked on more runs off the beleaguered Philadelphia pitching staff. The Dodgers bats combined to draw ten walks, hit two home runs and score five runs from the sixth inning on. If that wasn’t impressive enough for you, the normally maligned bullpen tossed 6.2 innings allowing just one earned run, two hits and struck out seven. The Phillies tallied just two hits the entire game. The Dodgers beat the Phillies on Wednesday night 7-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. A win tomorrow in the series finale can clinch a series win.
The Dodgers sure like hitting at Citizen’s Bank Park. However the early part of this game did not involve much offensive spark. The Dodgers were leading 1-0 with one out in the top of the third when the tarps were starting to cover the field. The original pitching matchup pitted Kenta Maeda against Nick Pivetta. Neither of those starters returned to the game after the rain delay.
Dodgers 7 6 2
Phillies 2 2 0
Pivetta walked the bases loaded in the top of the first, but would wiggle out of the damage with only one run allowed. The Dodgers knocked in the run in that inning on an A.J. Pollock sacrifice fly. Maeda walked two as well in the bottom half of the first (Scott Kingery, Bryce Harper) but like Pivetta got out of the jam unscathed. In the top of the third, Joc Pederson led off with a strikeout and then Pivetta walked Max Muncy. Then the rain began to fall in Philly.
Once the game resumed both starters were out of the game. Philadelphia brought in JD Hammer to finish the third inning while the Dodgers used newbie Corey Sadler and then called in Julio Urias to toss 2.2 innings in relief. Urias would allow two runs, one of them unearned in the bottom of the sixth. That would tie the game at 2-2, but let’s get back to that in a moment. The Dodgers had added a run in the top of the sixth when Philadelphia righty Edgar Garcia walked Russell Martin and Enrique Hernandez and Urias himself popped a single up the middle to score Hernandez. But Urias giveth, then Urias taketh away.
In the bottom of the sixth, as mentioned above Urias allowed the two runs to score to even the score. Cesar Hernandez reached on a slow bouncer to third that rolled under Muncy’s glove. Then Scott Kingery’s flare single to center put two runners aboard. Harper’s fly out to deep right advanced Hernandez to third. With first and third, Martin’s rare passed ball took away the double play. Then after an intentional walk to Ryhs Hoskins setup a bases loaded walk to Brad Miller to force in a run. Next up was Adam Haseley who Pedro Baez induced to a ground out, but the second run scored to tie the game. Baez struck out Nick Williams to end the inning.
The Dodgers roared back in the top of the seventh against former Dodger Juan Nicasio. After Muncy singled, David Freeze’s two-run bomb carried into the right field seats to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. Then in the following inning after Martin was plunked (another Dodger hit by a pitch) Justin Turner’s pinch-hit two-run home run put the boys in blue up 6-2.
Baez blew through the Phillies again in the bottom of the seventh, and Joe Kelly (the good Kelly) recorded a 123 bottom of the eighth, which included a strikeout of Harper. The Dodgers added another run in the top of the ninth on a Hernandez RBI single. Dylan Floro finished things off in the ninth. It feels good to write a recap, especially after a win. I don’t do enough of these anymore. Mental note, write more recaps. The Dodgers and Phillies wrap up the series on Thursday morning as Ross Stripling counters Aaron Nola. The Dodgers fly home once the game is over so hopefully it stops raining in Philadelphia. Isn’t it always sunny there?