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The Phillies (29-58) were unable to build off the momentum of Tuesday’s 7-2 win and were shutout by the Dodgers (48-38) Wednesday night by the score of 5-0.
Phils starter Adam Morgan (1-2, 4.32 ERA) had the roughest of his three big league starts, surrendering all five earned runs in just four innings of work due to a couple of long balls. The biggest blow came in the third inning, as our old friend Jimmy Rollins belted a three-run shot to left. Rollins also doubled and scored on a two-run homer by catcher A.J. Ellis in the second.
On the bright side, the bullpen had a solid game, as Hector Neris, Jake Diekman, and Justin De Fratus combined for six strikeouts in four scoreless innings.
The offense was shutout for the first time since a June 15 loss to the Orioles. Phillies bats collected eight hits off Kershaw, who pitched a complete game while striking out 13. The team left nine men on base while going 0-12 with runners in scoring position. Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz each doubled, while all the other hits were singles. Brown and Galvis were the only players with multiple hits, each with two. Galvis has been playing very well in July, hitting .438 on the month so far after a June that saw him hit just .200. Overall, his batting average has creeped back up to a respectable .279.
The four-game series at Dodger Stadium concludes Thursday night, as Severino Gonzalez (3-2, 8.28 ERA) returns the Phillies rotation. He’ll be opposed by Dodgers all-star starter Zack Greinke (7-2, 1.48 ERA).