Sure, the first place Dodgers pounded the Phillies last night, but the boys did not come out of the gates scoring.
They didn’t score a run until the fifth inning. Yesterday’s pitcher, Kenta Maeda only gave up one run through five innings, holding the Phillies down long enough for the Dodgers to get on the board. If necessary, would Scott Kazmir be able to do the same tonight?
Phillies put together a small rally to score first. 0-1
4th inning 0-1
With two on, Adrian Gonzalez punched one out for a 3-run blast. 3-1
1,2,3 inning for Kazmir. It was starting to look like a quality game for the Dodgers on both sides of the ball.
5th inning 3-1
With one on, Justin Turner exit velocitied one right into the left field bleachers for his 22nd home run of the year. 5-1
With one on and two out, Kazmir started to lose the strike zone. He walked the next two batters to load the bases.
Kazmir was over 80 pitches and could not throw an effective strike. He eventually got an infield grounder to end the inning.
6th inning 5-1
Kazmir was sent out to the mound, but he was clearly out of gas. He couldn’t get any outs, and was pulled after a home run and two runners remaining. 5-2
Grant Dayton in.
Dayton immediately gave up a base hit to load the bases.
The Phillies took a stab at two sac flys, but could not advance their runners. In the end, they were done in by three fly balls in a row.
7th inning 5-2
Corey Seager opened the inning with a double.
Two batters later, Adrian Gonzalez hit his second home run of the night. 7-2
Joe Blanton in. Job done.
8th inning 7-2
Jesse Chavez in.
1,2,3 and job done.
9th inning 7-2
Josh Fields in.
One base runner got on, but that was it.
Dodgers win! 7-2
For the second night in Philadelphia, the Dodgers hit multiple home runs. Justin Turner had a 2-run dinger and Gonzo blasted two more. One for 3-runs, the other chalked up 2.
More Butter and eggs: Gonzo now has a 10-game hitting streak.
Scott Kazmir was fairly solid through 5 2/3 innings, but he ran into his usual troubles. No matter how good he’s pitching, when he gets to the 6th inning, or up around 75 pitches, he hits a wall. He runs out of gas, it happens fast, and he has not found a way to overcome that. And he’s one of the top three pitchers in the rotation!
On the other hand: The bullpen put together 4 scoreless innings to secure the win.
Chavez rising above: Jesse Chavez has overcome his “new team jitters” and has pitched well in his last few outings. Over his last 4 1/2 innings pitched, he’s only given up one hit, and struck out 5. With Baez regressing, a consistent Chavez is much appreciated.
How about Corey! 33 doubles now for Seager!
Interesting stat of the night: Both teams had 11 hits.
One more: Joc Pederson went 3 for 4 tonight.
Scott Kazmir went 5 innings with 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 HR, 3 walks, 1 K. ERA 4.41
Team with RISP: 2 for 7