The Dodgers returned home after another lackluster road trip (3-4) to begin a six game home stand. They kicked it off with a weekend set against the Phillies. The Dodgers as you all know have had one month of suck thus far, entering with a losing record and only winning one series since the opening series against San Diego. However the Dodgers seem to play pretty well at home, and tonight they did pretty, pretty, pretty good defeating the Phillies 5-3.
Phillies 3 7 1
Dodgers 5 10 0
Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda also returned to the mound after missing a start. The Dodgers skipped his turn in the rotation because he’s been so damn awful this season. The Dodgers didn’t know what else to do with him. So they skipped his turn and hoped the extended rest would do him some good.
So what was the problem with Maeda? Because tonight it looked like he didn’t skip a beat. Was it declining velocity? Was it lack of command? Or was he possibly missing his location? Or maybe he just sucked. In any case he certainly didn’t suck tonight tossing seven innings of two-run ball and striking out eight to earn his first win of the season. His mound opponent 26-year old Jerad Eickhoff (who was making just his fifth MLB start) was not as fortunate. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits across 5.2 innings and took the loss.
The Dodgers offense came through tonight and found their stroke. The boys in blue plated five runs on ten hits and were 2 for 6 with runners in scoring position. They left 8 men on base. Justin Turner was 3 for 4 extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Andrew Toles finally got off the schneid with two hits and two runs scored. Freddy Galvis went 2 for 4 for the Phillies. The Philadelphia bats struck out 12 times in the game against Dodger pitching.
The Phillies took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning when Cameron Rupp walked, and after Eickhoff failed to sacrifice bunt Rupp to second advanced to third on Cesar Hernandez’s single. Freddy Galvis doubled home both runners. The Dodgers would then score one run in each of the next three frames.
Toles singled to center in the bottom of the third and went to third on Turner’s opposite field knock. A wild pitch plated Toles to make the score 2-1 Philadelphia. In the bottom of the fourth the Dodgers tied the game when Bellinger bunted for a base hit to beat the shift, and my hero Kike Hernandez doubled off of Aaron Altherr’s glove to score Bellinger. The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Corey Seager walked, Gonzo singled up the middle and Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly to right brought him in. The Dodgers scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Toles single, another wild pitch from Eickhoff, and a Seager walk, and a two-run double from Turner.
The Dodgers had a bit of trouble in the eighth inning when Josh Fields struggled giving up a run to the Phillies thanks to two singles, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Roberts called in left hander Luis Avilan to restore order and he did by Michael Saunders to end the inning. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning to record his sixth save of the season. With the win the Dodgers climb back to the .500 mark at 12-12.
The series continues Saturday evening as the Dodgers will look to win three whole games in a row. I know, I know I can’t believe it either. Brandon McCarthy will take the hill looking to go 4-0. Zach Efflin (remember him?) will counter for the Phillies at 6:10 PM PST.
Cody Bellinger watch:
Bellinger went 2 for 3 with two singles, a walk, and a run scored. He could have had an RBI had the Dodgers not sent Adrian Gonzalez on this play in the bottom of the fifth inning.