One night after leaving 13 men on base and squandering a strong outing from Alex Wood, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to get back in the win column Tuesday against the streaking Philadelphia Phillies.
Though not nearly as long as Tuesday’s, Jimmy Rollins received a standing ovation when he led the game off Wednesday. Aaron Harang got Rollins to pop out on the first pitch, then allowed consecutive singles to Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez. Yasiel Puig continued with his success against the former Dodger by clubbing a three-run home run.
Brett Anderson struck out Cesar Hernandez to open the bottom of the first and quickly retired Odubel Herrera. Maikel Franco reached on an infield single despite stumbling out of the batter’s box as Alberto Callaspo was charged with an error for throwing low to first base. Jeff Francoeur kept the inning alive with a base hit, but it was followed by Ryan Howard flying out.
A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk in the second, but any thoughts of it leading to more runs were quickly dashed. Anderson’s sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in a double play, and Rollins again popped out. Anderson worked around a Darin Ruf base hit in the bottom of the second by getting a double play ball on the next pitch. Anderson then ended the inning by striking out Carlos Ruiz looking on a 95 MPH fastball and the Dodgers lead remained 3-0.
Harang again failed to keep the Dodgers off the bases in the third as Andre Ethier knocked a two-out single into right field. Nothing came of it however, as Puig grounded out to second base. An infield single and force out at second base were followed by a Franco RBI double that cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1 before Anderson worked his way out of the third inning.
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