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The Phillies kicked off their west coast swing in Los Angeles Monday night against the Dodgers. It was the first game that shortstop Jimmy Rollins would be facing his former team.
Rollins would turn out to be a difference maker in a game that took 4 hours and 13 minutes to complete, the longest nine-inning game ever in Philadelphia Phillies’ history. Both pitching staffs struggled with their command in this high scoring affair.
Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan went just 5 1/3 innings allowing 7 runs (6 earned), while surrendering 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out just 3 batters.
The Dodgers would take the early 2-0, which included a solo home run from Dodger first baseman and newly named all-star Adrian Gonzalez.
The Phillies fired back over the first 4 innings with 6 runs of their own including a 2-run shot from Freddy Galvis, a 3-run homer from Ryan Howard and then a solo home run from center fielder Odubel Herrera.
Unfortunately for the Phillies, the flood gates opened for the Dodgers hitters and after a 3-run home run from catcher Yasmani Grandal went on to score 4 more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. This included a two out single from Rollins in the seventh, scoring two and putting the final nail in the coffin to seal a Dodgers victory.
The Dodgers, going a starter down, used 7 relievers on Monday night and defeated the Phillies by the score of 10-7
After the game, the Phillies outrighted starter Sean O’Sullivan from the team and 40-man roster with rumors of either David Buchanan or Aaron Nola being called up.
The Phillies will be back out there Tuesday night in Los Angeles right-handed starter Chad Billingsley (0-2, 7.71 ERA) getting the call to the hill against his former team for the first time. He’ll be opposed by lefty Brett Anderson (5-4, 3.00 ERA). First pitch is set for 10:10 PM.