Zack Wheeler proved too much for the Dodgers to handle, dropping the series finale to the Phillies, 2-0 on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The loss snapped a franchise-record streak of 139 games without the Dodgers being shutout. The last time they didn’t score a run was September 14, 2019.
The Dodgers got two runners on all three odd innings, and worked four walks on the night against Wheeler, who entered the game with only six total walks in his last seven starts.
But Wheeler kept up his recent run prevention prowess, holding the Dodgers to 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position while allowing no runs to score in his six innings. Wheeler in his last eight starts has a 1.25 ERA with 77 strikeouts.
Rhys Hoskins opened the scoring, snapping an 0-for-33 skid by launching a full-count slider from Clayton Kershaw into the left field pavilion in the first inning. A similarly long at-bat in the third inning gave the Phillies a second run, when JT Realmuto hit the eighth pitch into the gap in right center for a double to plate Odubel Herrera.
“The Realmuto double was the tough one there. You got to two outs in that inning, really wanted to be able to get out of that,” Kershaw said. “I just left that fastball middle.”
That was all that Kershaw allowed, throwing a season-high 110 pitches while striking out nine in six innings for a third straight start.
But last time out, on Friday against Texas, the Dodgers scored 12 runs, while on Wednesday they were blanked while Kershaw was in the game. What a difference five days makes.
- The Dodgers fell to 20-3 (.870) this season when holding an opponent to two runs or less.
- Steven Souza Jr., just called up on Wednesday, started in right field and got one hit.
- Philadelphia was 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
- Lefty José Alvarado, acquired by the Phillies from the Rays in the three-team trade in December that sent Garrett Cleavinger to the Dodgers, struck out four and retired all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings.
- Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, and Max Muncy will accompany the Dodgers on the road trip. Seager will likely take batting practice on the field at some point over the weekend, and could start a minor league rehab assignment in the middle of next week, Dave Roberts said.
Home run: Rhys Hoskins (13)
WP — Zack Wheeler (5-3): 6 IP, 5 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts
LP — Clayton Kershaw (8-6): 6 IP, 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts
Sv — Hector Neris (10): 1 IP, 2 HBP
The Dodgers are off on Thursday and will head to Phoenix for a weekend series against a Diamondbacks team that has lost an astonishing 36 times in its last 41 games. Trevor Bauer starts the series opener on Friday night (6:40 p.m. PT, SportsNet LA).