Los Angeles Dodgers’ Zack Greinke pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
On a day that the dominant Zack Greinke was far less than dominant, the Phillies were unable to capitalize and fell to the Dodgers, 10-8. This was the team’s second loss in a row and their first series loss since the All-Star Break.
A combined total of eight runs were scored in the first inning between both clubs. The Dodgers started the hit parade first with three runs off of Phillies starter David Buchanan. Andre Ethier had a two-run RBI double. Carl Crawford followed up with an RBI single to bring home Ethier.
The Phillies answered back in a strong way with five runs in the bottom frame. Ryan Howard had a two-run RBI single to set the stage for Domonic Brown’s three-run home run off of Greinke.
The scoring did not stop there. The Dodgers started the top of the second inning with three more runs off of Buchanan; thanks to the three-run home run from Adrian Gonzalez. One inning later, Greinke helped his own cause with a solo home run to bring the score to 7-5.
The Phillies brought it to within one run in the bottom of the third inning with another RBI from the hot Brown. The Dodgers however broke it open in the sixth inning with a three-run frame off of Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus.
The Phillies were able to muster two more runs in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Dodgers reliever Kenley Jensen, but were not able to complete the rally. Maikel Franco had a two-run double to bring the Phillies within two runs.
The Phillies head to San Diego for the first leg of their nine game road trip. First pitch is tomorrow at 10:10pm EST. Returning to action will be Phillies second baseman Chase Utley who will be activated from the Disabled List for the road trip. It is reported that Utley is expected to start tomorrow’s game against the Padres. Utley replaces Jordan Danks on the 25-man roster.
Also joining the big league club is pitcher Adam Loewen, replacing Delier Hinojosa. Loewen, initially drafted in 2002 by the Baltimore Orioles quickly became one of their top pitching prospects. He pitched in the big leagues in 2007, but with questionable results and eventually transitioned to a position player. After bouncing around a few organizations he joined the Phillies last year pitching again at AA and then eventually this year at AAA where he carried a 2.01 ERA in 58.1 innings with 73 strike outs.