The Phillies’ pitchers got hit around by the Dodgers’ offense in the first two games of this series, and with the Dodgers getting on the board in the 1st inning it looked like we might be in for a repeat of the first two games. But, after the 1st inning, Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson settled in and didn’t allow the Dodgers to score again. Hellickson left the game after the 5th inning due to tightness in his back, but he did say after the game that he should be good to make his next start. The Phillies were held scoreless until the 7th inning, but Freddy Galvis delivered in a big way as he put the Phillies on top 3-1. The Phillies (53-63) would go on to defeat the Dodgers (64-50) 6-2 to avoid being swept by one of the best teams in the NL.
As I mentioned, the Phillies’ offense was silent up until the final 3 innings when the team scored 6 runs in those 3 innings. All six of the Phillies’ runs today came on two big hits, one by Galvis and the other by Ryan Howard. Galvis has been struggling over the past month or so, but he came up big for the Phillies today as he hit his 11th homer of the season to put the Phillies on top 3-1. Galvis’ homer was his first of the season as a right handed hitter, his other 10 have come from the left side of the plate. The Dodgers got a run in the bottom of the 7th to make it a close, 3-2 game. Howard came on to pinch-hit with the bases loaded in the top of the 9th against Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen. Howard delivered a bases-clearing, 3 RBI double that put the game out of reach and sealed the win for the Phillies.
Even though Hellickson left the game early, he still provided the Phillies with another quality outing in which he kept the team very much in the game, something Hellickson has done all season. Elvis Araujo picked up his 2nd win of the season after he pitched a scoreless bottom of the 6th inning for the Phillies. Besides the one run given up by Edubray Ramos, the Phils’ bullpen came up big again. Hector Neris came in and got the Phils out of a jam in the bottom of the 7th, and then came back and pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Jeanmar Gomez continued to be lights out at the back end of the Phillies’ bullpen, and even though it wasn’t a save situation, he pitched an excellent 9th inning. Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir suffered the loss today as he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6+ innings of work. Kazmir falls to 9-6 on the season with an ERA of 4.44 after today’s loss.
The Phillies will be off tomorrow as the team heads home after a brief west coast road trip. The Phillies will pick back up on Friday night for the first of three games against the Rockies. Phillies rookie Jake Thompson (0-1, 12.46 ERA) will make his 2nd career start against Jon Gray (8-5, 4.26 ERA) of the Rockies. Thompson will look to bounce back from his rough debut against the Padres and help the Phillies earn a victory in the series opener against Colorado.
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