Mother Nature rained all over Philadelphia on Wednesday night (turned Thursday morning) and the Dodgers rained all over the Phillies. You could say it was payback for the walk-off heartbreak just one game prior.
Weather delayed the game for two hours and 37 minutes, but it had no affect on the Dodgers’ performance. A.J. Pollock hoisted the Dodgers to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to drive in Max Muncy.
Kenta Maeda’s start was cut short because of the length of the delay. He pitched a total of two innings without allowing a hit and struck out three batters.
Julio Urías replaced Maeda on the mound after the break, providing the team with 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings. He allowed two runs to score (zero earned due to errors) from just one hit and two walks. Before these two runs scored, though, Urías pulled his own weight by knocking in an RBI base hit to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
The Dodgers didn’t allow the Phillies to hold a tie for long, as they immediately responded by reclaiming the lead. David Freese’s two-run homer in the seventh inning won the game. It was his first home run since returning from the injured list, but his ninth of the season.
Of course, the Dodgers could not settle for a two-run lead, so they went ahead and scored insurance runs. Justin Turner contributed to this with a home run of his own. Enrique Hernández’s RBI base hit finished it off, giving the Dodgers a 7-2 lead they took to the end of the game.
All of the pitching was excellent on the Dodgers’ side. They only allowed the Phillies two hits on the night while they struck out 10 batters, though their six walks was a little high. They got out of all pitching jams, holding the Phillies to 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
WP: Pedro Báez (4-2), 1 2⁄3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
LP: Juan Nicasio (1-3), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Home runs: David Freese (9), Justin Turner (12),
The two teams will meet in a Thursday afternoon game, less than 11 hours after the previous game ended. Ross Stripling and Aaron Nola will face off at 9:35 a.m. PDT on YouTube. You can watch the game here.