What a wild game on Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers were edged out by the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 9-7. After the Phillies led 7-1, the Dodgers came back and tied the game at 7 in the eighth inning. However, the Phillies scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning off of Dodger reliever Daniel Hudson.
Many Dodger fans were left asking the question why didn’t Craig Kimbrel pitch the ninth? Kimbrel had not pitched in five days, and Hudson had just previously pitched the day before against the Pirates.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but failed to score.
Now for Friday’s game, the team will have to adapt and restructure their rotation. Clayton Kershaw, who was scheduled to start, was placed on the injured list due to SI joint inflammation. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers recalled left hander Garrett Cleavinger.
Kershaw was enjoying a fantastic start to his 2022 season, as he has posted a 4-0 record along with a 1.80 ERA and striking out 32 batters while only allowing three walks.
Walker Buehler, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night, will move up his start and pitch tonight.
The Dodgers now have two starting pitchers on the injured list with Kershaw and Andrew Heaney still remaining on the injured list. The story of last year was an injury carousel and it seemed the Dodgers were beat heavily by the injury bug.
With Buehler starting Friday, that leaves Saturday’s starter TBD. Julio Urias is scheduled to start on Sunday, but the Dodgers have a pending doubleheader on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which the team may want to call up a spot starter.
With David Price amid trade rumors, the Dodgers may want to stand pat and see how things turn out with Heaney and Kershaw before they make any move. Price still remains on the injury list as well. Ryan Pepiot, who just made his Major League debut on Wednesday, or Andre Jackson could be among the candidates selected to be called up.
Despite the surprising loss yesterday, and the shocking series losses to the Rockies, Pirates and Diamondbacks, the Dodgers still are only one of few teams to have reached 20 wins in the majors so far, and they are tied with the Mets for the best winning percentage in the National League.
The Dodgers post a 1-2 record against Arizona, Pittsburgh and Colorado, but a 17-4 record against everyone else.
The Dodgers will look to even the series Friday with Buehler moving up his start one day. He’s posted a 1.96 ERA so far and only allowed one run in seven innings last time out against the Cubs. He will face Philadelphia right hander Kyle Gibson, who is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA.
First pitch for Friday is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.