In what initially seemed like it would be a tight contest to the finish, the Dodgers piled on seven runs in a lopsided eighth inning, propelling them to an 8-0 victory over the Phillies at Chavez Ravine on Sunday. The win clinched the series sweep for the Dodgers, who now have 41 wins on the year—more than any other team in baseball.
It wasn’t until the seventh inning when the Dodgers’ offense finally put a run on the board. David Freese, substituting for an injured Matt Beaty, launched a solo shot to right-center field, providing the Dodgers with the 1-0 lead. At the end of the day, it would be the only run that Los Angeles really needed.
The long ball was Freese’s sixth of the season.
One inning later, the Dodgers erupted for seven more runs, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Joc Pederson, his 18th of the year. Earlier in the inning, Los Angeles broke the game open when Philadelphia pitcher Yacksel Rios threw the ball away on a Chris Taylor bunt, allowing both Freese and Alex Verdugo to score.
Besides Beaty, who exited early, every position player had at least one hit for the Dodgers.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group, Beaty said “he’s fine and feels like he could play tomorrow.” The early diagnosis is a minor hip flexor irritation.
Rich Hill was brilliant on the mound for the Dodgers, throwing seven strong innings, surrendering just three hits and three walks while striking out nine. The win was Hill’s second of the season.
Kelly struck out two Philadelphia batters and lowered his ERA to 7.91.
Vince Velasquez took the loss for Philadelphia, his third of the season.
The Los Angeles victory came one day after the Dodgers walked-off in the ninth inning of the middle game on Saturday night courtesy of Will Smith‘s first-career big league home run.
The Dodgers will now take to the road and face Arizona in a three-game set beginning on Monday.