After a blast from the past (well a few blasts) on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies – and their phans – needed to get back to the future as Rookie RHP Jake Thompson (1-1, 8.68 ERA) got his third start vs. veteran (Matt Stairs had faced him) LHP Scott Kazmir (9-6, 4.44) for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This turned out to be just another night of a good team doing what they do with good pitching and timely hitting, and the Phillies back to struggling to score runs as the Dodgers easily beat the Phillies 7-2.
The Phillies scored first in the 2nd inning when Freddy Galvis split the gap for a double, (19) knocking in Maikel Franco from first, who had walked. Thompson followed w/ an easy SDI, featuring B2B strike outs of Chase Utley and Corey Seager to end the inning.
The 4th inning was not so good for Thompson as he eventually gave up a three run shot to Adrian Gonzalez (11) and the game was starting to look a lot like the night before, and two of the three games in LA. In what has become a bit of a broken record lately, Thompson threw way too many pitches early, when already at 92 pitches with one out in the 5th, he gave up a two run HR to Justin Turner (22) to make it 5-1 Dodgers. He struggled to finish that inning and his evening with 5 In, 5H, 5R, all earned, 4BB, 4K, 2HR, 103 pitches, 55 for strikes, boosting his ERA to 8.79.
Kazmir meanwhile, since the 2nd, was breezing through the Phillies lineup scattering a hit or a walk here and there, but no real threats by the Phils. He did load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 5th, but escaped unscathed.
Phillies made some noise in the 6th with a Tommy Joseph (16) Rainbow into the second deck above the JeffNow sign in LCF. B2B singles by Franco and Carlos Ruiz chased Kazmir from the game after 5 w/o getting an out in the 6th. After Galvis loaded the bases with another single, Peter Bourjos hit what should have been a sac fly to deep RF but for some reason Juan Samuel held Franco, and two weak FO’s later the Phils flustratingly exited the inning with no more runs scored. As happens so often when a team does not score with bases loaded, the other team comes right back and Gonzales (12) proved that axiom by hitting his second HR of the night, this one for two runs, off of Edubray Ramos to make it 7-2 and that would mercifully end the scoring.
Kazmir(10-6, 4.41) got the W with 5In, 8H, 2R, both earned, 3BB, 2 SO, 1HR, 95 Pitches – 54 for strikes, while Thompson earned the L to drop to 1-2.
Keep on Keepin’ On: With a 1st inning single Cesar Hernandez reached safely in a career-high 23 straight games. Darin Ruf (33 games, Sept. 25, 2012-Aug. 6, 2013) was the last Phillie to do that. Cesar went 2-4 tonight. After Joseph hit his 16th homer, Phillies 1B are tied w/ the Cleveland Indians with 31 homers for the MLB lead.
Numbers tell the tale: Jake Thompson is the first Phillies SP to allow exactly 5 ER on 5 H in 5 IP since Ryan Madson in June 2006. Only 10 out of 24 batters received first pitch strikes -not the way to pitch to a good hitting team like the Dodgers. It was the eighth consecutive game a Phillies starter did not get past 5 innings, tying a team record. Ratio of H/R Dodgers 11/7 – Phillies 11/2 (every starter had a hit) really explains this result.
Next Ups: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.82) takes the hill tomorrow as the Phillies try to avoid the sweep against RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.07) at 7:05.