Enrique Hernandez went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBI while Matt Beaty went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer of his own, but it still wasn’t enough to propel the Dodgers past the Phillies in the series finale in Philadelphia on Thursday.
In spite of the loss, the Dodgers went 4-3 on the roadtrip, which may be considered satisfactory in the eyes of many, especially when noting the types of difficult environments at Fenway and Citizens Bank Park.
As far as the season series went, though, the Dodgers took five games to the Phillies’ two, as Los Angeles swept Philadelphia in three games at Dodger Stadium back on May 31 through June 2.
Swing man Ross Stripling got the start for the Dodgers and was decent in Thursday afternoon’s finale. The righty surrendered two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts over an even five innings of work.
However, the Los Angeles bullpen was once again victimized in the later innings of another tight contest. Three Dodgers relievers couldn’t hold the Philllies at bay in the seventh frame. The trio allowed four runs as Philadelphia came from behind to win 7-6, securing the series split.
Caleb Ferguson, freshly recalled to the roster on Thursday morning, hit the first batter he faced with a pitch, then walked Roman Quinn in the subsequent AB. After the seventh innings was all said and done, Ferguson was charged with two earned runs while Dylan Floro and Joe Kelly were each tagged with one.
“We have a lot of belief and trust in Caleb,” skipper Dave Roberts told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. “In that situation, you can’t hit the lefty with a breaking ball and you can’t walk Quinn. That’s just the bottom line.”
Even a cursory assessment of the Los Angeles relief crew reveals that the club is in dire need of bullpen help, particularly if the club hopes to head into the 2019 postseason with a full head of steam.
Alex Verdugo slugged his 12th home run of the year to bring the Dodgers within one run in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Floro was credited with the loss.
Immediately after the game, the Dodgers hopped a flight Westbound. The team will begin a three-game series against the Marlins at home beginning on Friday.