The Dodgers entered Thursday morning’s game against the Phillies having lost 20 out of their last 25 game. Though they are not out of the mud just yet, Los Angeles really picked it up and was able to pull off a 5-4 victory over the Phillies!
Here is how it all went down:
The Dodgers got on the board first with a Yasiel Puig sacrifice fly that scored Chris Taylor from third base. Then in the 3rd inning, singles off the bats of Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, and Curtis Granderson provided an insurance run and put the Dodgers on top 2-0!
But, of course, this lead didn’t last very long. Kenta Maeda would give up a two-run home run to Nick Williams. Those three innings would be it for Maeda.
Maeda's line today: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. My guess is his next outing will be out of pen to prep for that role in postseason.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 21, 2017
Josh Fields would take over on the mound in the 5th and would give up a two-run double to Rhys Hoskins, who was 3-7 with 4 RBIs in the series coming into Thursday’s game. Now with the way the Dodgers have been playing lately, fans might have felt like this two-run lead meant that the game was over. Luckily, that wasn’t the case!
The Dodgers were able to collect one run in the 6th inning thanks to a solo shot off the bat of Curtis Granderson, cutting the deficit to just one run. After a solid bottom of the 6th by Walker Buehler, Andre Ethier would pinch-hit in the 7th and tie the game up with a solo shot of his own! Then an RBI groundout by Cody Bellinger would score Chris Taylor from third base and put the Dodgers in the lead!
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 21, 2017
Ethier's now tied for eighth all-time in home runs in LA history with 162. He's tied for 12th all-time in Dodger history.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 21, 2017
Brandon Morrow would be given the ball for the 7th inning and shut the Phillies down after allowing a leadoff single. Tony Cingrani would be put in a very high-leverage situation, with the Dodgers up by just one run in the 8th inning. After getting Herrera to fly out and striking out Alfaro, Cingrani walked Crawford and Roberts was not willing to risk it. He brought in Kenley Jansen for the four-out save and Jansen dominated, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia!
The Dodgers, with a magic number of just one, will now head home to face the Giants and Padres, before ending the season in Colorado against the Rockies!
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