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.
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.
“Well,” I thought to myself on Monday night, “This isn’t good.” César Hernandez had just launched a 3-run shot in the 2nd inning, extending the Phillies lead over the Dodgers, 4-0. If this was last year, a 4-0 deficit would be nothing. If anything, it meant that the fans were being set up for a riveting comeback by the Boys in Blue. It’s not 2017, though, and not only were the Dodgers facing a daunting deficit, they were in the throws of a bullpen game, and this bullpen is not what it once was.
The Dodgers are fresh off their third series win in a row and are 8-2 over their last 10 games. After sweeping the Nationals and taking both series from the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres, L.A. is ready to welcome the Philadelphia Phillies to Chavez Ravine.
It’s still not completely official, but the Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly hired Dodgers‘ farm director Gabe Kapler as their new manager. Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag Sports were the first to pass along the news, not long after the completion of Game 5 of the World Series in the wee hours of Monday morning.
For their third homestand of the season, the Dodgers return to Los Angeles and will take on the Phillies for a three-game set beginning at 7:10 p.m. on Friday, while hosting the Giants for another three-game series starting on Monday. The set against San Francisco will be highlighted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully being inducted into the Dodgers’ Ring of Honor on Wednesday. Scully will be on-hand for a very special pre-game ceremony before the contest, and fans are encouraged to arrive early as a large crowd is expected.