Grandal, Kendrick & Rollins Power Dodgers’ Offense In Win Over Phillies

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Surkamp’s troubles carried over into the fourth inning as Odubel Herrera clubbed a solo home run. Ethier drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth and was sacrificed into scoring position on a Surkamp bunt. Rollins remained hitless against his former team through two at-bats as he popped out. Pederson went down swinging and the Dodgers trailed 6-3.

Surkamp hit Howard with a pitch, but otherwise got through the fifth without issue in part by striking out two. With one out and Kendrick standing on second base by way of a leadoff double, Gonzalez reached on catcher’s interference. The mistake hurt the Phillies as Grandal tied the game with a three-run home run.

After striking out Galvis, Surkamp plunked Herrera with one out in the sixth. That marked the end of the road for the left-hander as he gave way to Joel Peralta. The veteran reliever issued a two-out walk before striking out Hernandez to end the inning. After working a full count against O’Sullivan, pinch-hitter KikΓ© Hernandez was called out on strikes in what appeared to be a ball outside of the zone.

Rollins hit a one-out single and wound up being the final batter O’Sullivan faced, who exited having thrown 123 pitches over 5.1 innings. Jeanmar Gomez got Pederson to hit a taylor-made double play ball to Hernandez, only for the second baseman to bobble it, thus resulting in just one out being made at first base.

It didn’t take long for the misplay to hurt the Phillies as Kendrick hit an RBI single to give the Dodgers a 7-6 lead. Pedro Baez gave up a leadoff double and issued a pair of walks to load the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly tied the score at 7-7 and knocked Baez out of the game. J.P. Howell entered and struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Francoeur to end the inning.

With one out and two runners in scoring position, Rollins delivered against his former team by hitting a two-run single to left that gave the Dodgers a 9-7 lead. Rollins advanced to second on the throw home and scored on Pederson’s RBI double.

Kenley Jansen issued a leadoff walk in the ninth and allowed a single that put two on with no outs. Facing the game-tying run at the plate the next three batters, Jansen recorded the game’s final three outs. After four hours and 13 minutes of baseball, the Dodgers had a 10-7 win.


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