Dodgers Fall to Phillies in Series Finale

After winning the first two games of a three-game set against the Phillies to start their current road trip, the Dodgers fell in extras in the finale on Sunday in a game that was very much winnable.

Los Angeles starter Tony Gonsolin was once again solid, as all indications seemed he was cruising to his fifth victory of the season. He went six full innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Gonsolin’s only downfall is that he wasn’t as economical as the team would have liked, causing skipper Dave Roberts to dip into his much-exhausted bullpen in the seventh.

The Dodgers carried a 2-1 lead at Gonsolin’s exit, thanks to a pair of solo home runs from Mookie Betts and Edwin Rios. Betts was a one-man offensive machine in Saturday’s contest, going 3-for 4 with a double, a homer and three RBI.

After having an average as low as .171 on April 19, Betts is currently hitting .273 and leads the team with 10 long balls and 38 runs scored. Mookie’s 145 OPS+ is second on the club to only Freddie Freeman.

Maintaining the narrow lead, the Dodgers were in a position to seal the win in the ninth. With limited relief options and Craig Kimbrel having pitched the previous two games, Roberts decided to stick with righty Yency Almonte to close. Almonte struck out Alec Bohm and retired Bryce Harper on a ground out, but he allowed the tying run to score after surrendering a double to Nick Castellanos and a single to Jean Segura.

The Dodgers cashed in during the tenth when Betts scored on a Trea Turner single to right field, putting themselves back in the lead and in a position for the sweep. However, Roberts opted to use righty Evan Roberts in the 10th.

J.T. Realmuto started the tenth inning on second base for the Phillies and unsuccessfully tried to score on a Garret Stubbs grounder to short. Phillips struck out Johan Camargo next, but he surrendered a single to Roman Quinn, who advanced to second on the throw to nail Stubbs at third base.

The Phillies went on top when both Stubbs and Quinn scored on a Bohm ground ball to second base that Max Muncy couldn’t handle. The Dodgers challenged that Quinn was out at home, but the call was upheld.

Despite the wasted opportunity, stealing two wins in Philadelphia can be considered a victory. Still, with Blake Treinen on the shelf until after the All-Star break and Tommy Kahnle out with forearm inflammation, the immediate future of the Los Angeles bullpen doesn’t seem bright.

The Dodgers now move onto D.C. for a three-game set against the Nationals. Tyler Anderson gets the ball in the opener on Monday.

Dodgers Start 10-Game Road Trip in Philadelphia

Last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped a series to both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies, posting a 2-5 record over that span. Since then, they swept a four-game series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, including a sweep of a doubleheader. The team will now begin a 10-game road trip riding a five-game winning streak.

The Dodgers will attempt to get a little bit of revenge against the Phillies this upcoming weekend. The Phillies took three out of four games at Dodger Stadium last weekend, and nearly swept the series if it wasn’t for a two-RBI walk-off double from Gavin Lux in the finale.

Philadelphia enjoyed great success off of Dodger pitching, as they scored an average of nearly eight runs throughout the series, scoring 33 runs in the four games, including more than eight or more runs in the first three contests. It appeared that Dodger pitching had imploded last weekend, but credit to the Phillies’ offense for putting it on the Dodgers.

Currently, the Dodgers stand at 25-12 in first place in the N.L. West while the Phillies stand at 18-20 in the N.L. East in second place. Julio Urias will start the first game of the weekend series and will face fellow left-hander Ranger Suarez. The pitching matchup is a rematch of last Saturday, when the Phillies beat the Dodgers by a score of 8-3.

Urias allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. Suarez allowed three runs on five hits throughout seven frames.

The Dodgers will also face right-hander Aaron Nola on Saturday, who pitched in the previous series allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings. The Dodger starter for Saturday’s game is still to be determined.

For the finale on Sunday, the Dodgers will start Tony Gonsolin, who was the only starter not to face the Phillies. He will face Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin.

After the series in Philadelphia, the Dodgers will face the Nationals in a three-game set, followed by another four-game series against the Diamondbacks.

The team also made a minor transaction yesterday, signing right-handed reliever Pedro Baez to a minor league contract. And yes, it is old friend Pedro Baez from several years back.

Baez signed with the Astros after winning the World Series with the Dodgers in 2020 but never really solidified himself in Houston and struggled with a lot of injuries. The 34-year-old Baez was released by the Astros earlier this season.

So the Dodgers hope things will be different this time around Philadelphia. First pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled at 4:05 p.m. Pacific.

Dodgers Set to Visit NL East Leading Phillies

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After a brief home stand against American League opponents where they went 4-2, the Los Angeles Dodgers will now hit the road, this time heading to the East Coast to kick things off.

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Dodger Stadium Reopens to Full Capacity, Thoughts on Albert Pujols Signing So Far

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On April 17, it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers had signed free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols. The signing came out of the blue for many when the future Hall of Famer had been released by the Angels after a lack of playing time.

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Phillies Considering Jeff Kingston for GM Role

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Over the last handful of years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have become arguably the premier franchise in all of baseball. With their level of success, they have become a template for other teams trying to catapult into that same stratosphere of winning.

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Dodgers Opinions: There Shouldn’t Be a Major League Baseball Season in 2020

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While there definitely was a lot more talk and posturing this week, we are no further along in really knowing whether there will be actual baseball this season.

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Dodgers Split Series with Phillies on Final Leg of Roadtrip

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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.

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In a Battle of NL Powerhouses, Dodgers Sweep Phillies in Los Angeles

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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.

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Red Hot Dodgers Welcome Phillies to Chavez Ravine

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The Dodgers just keep rolling along, taking three of four from the New York Mets this past week at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers to See Roster Changes, Phillies, and Rain

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The Dodgers were smart to get Manny Machado earlier rather than later during the trade deadline season. As we’ve previously mentioned, the Los Angeles squad opens the second half against a slew of tough opponents, and Manny’s bat in the lineup for those games helps tremendously. But now, it also appears that the Dodgers will be down their All-Star third baseman for most of those games, too.

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