Dodgers-Phillies LiveBlog 6/7/09
The Phillies managed to tie the series thanks to their home run hitting in a 7-2 rout of the Dodgers.
While the Dodgers managed to contain the National League leaders in home runs throughout the series, the Phillies got three today off of Dodger pitching.
Dodgers starter Randy Wolf admitted his stuff wasn't that good. "I didn't think I was very good all day," Wolf said. "It's just one of those things. I've got to get better."
Meanwhile Dodger manager Joe Torre felt good on how the series turned out. "We were hoping to have a day off following a win, but considering how this series went I am certainly not disappointed," Torre said.
The Phillies homered off of Wolf twice in the seventh inning, the first a two-run shot by catcher Carlos Ruiz and the second a solo shot by center fielder Shane Victorino.
"They're a good balanced line up," Wolf said. "If you don't make your pitches, they're big league hitters, and they're going to punish you. Today was no different."
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard gave a rude welcome to Dodgers reliever Travis Schlichting making his first Major League appearance. Howard to a 2-2 pitch out to left field for a solo shot.
"Ryan Howard is certainly no slouch to face your first guy," Torre said on Schlichting. "Any experience is a good one here. I'm just glad we were able to get it out of the way. We've been playing so many close games I didn't think it was fair to put him in some of the games."
As a testament to their ability of coming back late in games, all the Dodger players were on the railing of the dugout in the ninth inning despite being five runs in the hole. That is something you just don't see every day.
For the Dodgers, they face the San Diego Padres for a brief two game series Tuesday and Wednesday. The Padres just got out of an 18 inning loss tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks where they used 10 pitchers, the last one their back up shortstop Jack Wilson. So the Dodgers should be able to feast on that.
The Dodgers are now 39-20 for the season and a Major League-best 22-8 at home. They have an eight game lead in the NL West and a four game lead overall.
Bottom of the 9th
And the game is over.
Striking out swinging is one thing. Striking out while letting go of the bat is hazardous. Bad Loretta.
In a five-run deficit, every Dodger player is on the rail of the dugout. I don't think I've ever seen that before.
Furcal just started the rally with a single. If I had a Dodger cap on, it would be a rally cap.
Ok. Time for a six run ninth.
Top of the 9thCrisis averted. Howard popped up to shallow left field. Could have been disaster with Furcal and Pierre converging. But no harm no foul.
And the crowd is really cheering as the highlights of the Lakers game 2 win is shown.
So Schlichting has walked the bases loaded. Guillermo Mota is coming in to get the final out.
I'm amazed by how connected Dodger fans are. Well when there hasn't been much to cheer about on the field, I guess they have to cheer about something.
I think the crowd knows the Lakers won.
It would be great if he have better control.
Schlichting's breaking ball is fooling the Phillies hitters.
Schlichting has some good stuff. He can crank that fastball in the low to mid 90s and come back with a breaking ball in the high 70s and low 80s. Not too bad for a kid.
Schlichting is still in the game. After giving up the homer to Howard, he came back to get the next three outs pretty easily.
Bottom of the 8th
The Webkinz giveaway at the Stadium. LAist/Jimmy Bramlett
Top of the 8thWelcome to the Major Leagues kid!
Looking at replays it looked like Dwight Howard blocked Kobe's face rather than the ball.
Travis Schlichting is making his first appearance in the majors. I have no idea who this is.
Bottom of the 7thHad to go in to watch the end of regulation of the Lakers-Magic game. Ugh.
Yet another ball Pierre hit that looked like it might go out. Well as much as one can that's hit by Pierre.
And DeWitt pops foul to Feliz.
Blake DeWitt is in the game!
I'm thinking about going to the televisions showing the Lakers-Magic game.
Top of the 7thLeach did what he needed to do. Remember the Padres scored five in the bottom of the ninth to tie their game against the DBacks.
Brent Leach in to pitch for Wolf.
And Victorino hit one to the back of the Dodger bullpen. Damn that went far!
Third home run of the season for Carlos Ruiz. And it gets thrown back to the field.
Bottom of the 6thReplays show that Kemp could have been safe, but that's a very very close call.
By the way, no one is warming up in the Dodgers bullpen.
Chan Ho Park is now coming into the game. Personally I'm rooting for two grandslams this inning. But I'm a little torn since he's my peoples. I-gyu-la!
Too bad Blake had to hold to be sure he didn't get doubled off by Rollins. But a good single up the middle by Loney.
A great way to start of the inning with a double by Blake. He really needs to score.
Top of the 6thThe crowd boos when presented the Lakers-Magic score.
A nice 1-2-3 inning for Wolf. That was needed badly. He's now thrown 88 pitches.
65-63 Magic at the end of three. I'm so glad I'm at this game.
Another 65 mph curve!
That was a nasty 65 mph curve that Wolf got Howard to swing on. Eesh.
Bottom of the 5thAnd Ethier strikes out looking. Well I'm not expecting anything until the ninth, right?
Great at-bat for Hudson. Eight pitches to get a single.
The damned cameramen are in the way of the third baseline. I can't see whether a ball is fair or not.
Bastardo really likes pitching in to Hudson.
First pee break. I've done well tonight.
Top of the 5thIn San Diego Mark Reynolds of the DBacks hit a three-run homer against Josh Wilson. Wilson is normally the Padres shortstop. The Padres pitching should be a lot of fun when they come into town on Tuesday.
No one's warming up in the Dodger bullpen.
A single that hits Wolf gets another run home for the Phillies.
Ah Juan Pierre's arm in full display.
Wolf is having a hard time with the strike zone.
Bottom of the 4thThe Dodgers are now 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
They called that an 84 mph change up. It looked far uglier from up here.
Considering Kemp strikes out a lot, it was surprising to see that hit-and-run play. That's playing like a champion.
Gutsy hit-and-run play with Kemp at bat paid off.
Goddamn the wave. But at least Blake hit the ball.
Werth played Ethier's ball perfectly. He kept a single from being a double.
Everyone here in the box is making fun of the Lakers-Magic game. That and the DBacks-Padres game.
Top of the 4thThe just showed the score here. The crowd erupted in mirth and cheer.
40-35 at halftime. Really? Or is ESPN gameday pulling my tail?
Well this could be worse. I could be covering the DBacks-Padres game which is now in the top of the 17th.
Bottom of the 3rdAnd that does that.
Hudson is .292 with runners in scoring position.
Well Pierre did the job for those dudes.
Hey Ausmus and Wolf. Nice way of moving Furcal.
I have to hand it to the Dodgers, I'm glad they don't do any of that gimmicky, "Let's make some noise," bologna they do everywhere else.
What the hell is Wolf's entrance music? I'm learning that I've become so out of tune with pop culture. It's a shame.
Furcal is starting to turn things around. A nice way to get that walk.
Top of the 3rdEasy 12-pitch inning for Wolf. So far this is just as riveting as the Lakers-Magic game sounds.
That's two consecutive strikeouts for Wolf. It helps that the hitters are in the shadow.
Bottom of the 2ndIt's 15-15 in the Lakers-Magic game at the end of one? What a damned snoozefest!
The shadows are starting to creep in from left field.
Top of the 2nd
And with a sac fly by Pedro Feliz the Phillies strike first.
You can't leave a hanging curve ball over the middle of the plate, especially to a hitter who's batting out of his mind like Raul Ibanez.
Howard just mishit that ball. That should have gone out.
Ryan Howard at bat. It's the normal switch, not the weird lets-switch-the-shortstop-and-third-baseman think Torre did when no one was on base yesterday.
Bottom of the 1stA three pitch strike out. That was fun!
A nice warm ovation for Ethier. The crowd is hoping for one.
Juan Pierre almost hit that one out! Well it would have been out at new Yankee Stadium.
Top of the 1stOnly 11 pitches to get the first three batters out for Wolf. Not bad since he's been known to give up a lot of runs in the first inning.
5:10 first pitch. 69 degrees.
Do they always play Tool here when the pitcher starts warming up? It's "Undertow" I think.
The shadows will start to become a problem in the next 15 minutes or so. Watch out for that.
PregameIt's City of Torrance night!!!!!! How exciting. Oh wait. It's Torrance. Zzzzzzzzzz.
The Dodgers and the Phillies face off in the final game of the four game series which will be the Sunday night national game on ESPN. The Phillies look to tie the series up, while the Dodgers look to exact a tiny bit of revenge against the team that ousted them in the NLCS last year. As great as that may sound to fans, the team knows the difference.
"These games are a lot different than the ones in October," yesterday's hero Andre Ethier said. "Baseball changes then. It's a lot more intense and a lot more meaningful pitch-to-pitch in the playoffs rather than during the season."
Despite that, manager Joe Torre noticed that Ethier has been happy getting what he could.
"Well he's got a good smile on his face now, and his at-bats are much more quality," Torre said. "It's nice to have the guy back in the middle of the line up."
With yesterday's 3-2 victory, the Dodgers are now 13-5 in one-run games, 5-1 in extra innings and have won 12 games in their final at-bat.
Tonight the Phillies send out Antonio Bastardo who made his Major League debut in his last start against the Padres in San Diego on June 2. He went six inning giving up four hit and only one run, a homer by Adrian Gonzalez, while striking out five. Bastardo retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced and left with a 8-1 lead.
Meanwhile the Dodgers send out former Phillies starter Randy Wolf who has nine no-decisions in his last 12 starts. Wolf has a 3.21 ERA in 12 games with a 3-1 record. He's worked at least six innings in 10 of his last 12 starts and ranks seventh in the National League with a 2.98 ERA at home.
Brad Ausmus will start at catcher in the place of Russell Martin and bat eighth. Rafael Furcal is back in the line up but will be batting seventh. Blake DeWitt has been called up from AAA Albuquerque while pitcher Eric Milton has been sent to the 15-day disabled list with a strained back.