Phils Lose to Dodgers Behind Stagnant Offense

The Phillies were shutout for the 2nd straight night by the Dodgers to fall to 29-59 on the season.

Severino Gonzalez, in his 4th visit to the majors this year, was matching Zach Grienke through the first three innings. Then, the issues that have plagued him in his other stints came back to haunt him.

Gonzalez had allowed just an infield single through 3 2/3 innings when he walked Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal. He followed that by hitting Andre Ethier with an 0-2 pitch and you could feel the wheels falling off. Yasiel Puig followed that with an RBI double before Gonzalez was able to induce a fly out to end the inning.

After another quick 4th inning, Gonzalez came back out in the 5th and things went back downhill. After a leadoff single by Howie Kendrick, Adrian Gonzalez took Severino deep to right and clanged a HR high off the foul pole to extend the lead to 4-0. Severino(5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 ER) was pulled after recording 2 outs and then giving up another walk and a double to Jimmy Rollins. Elvis Araujo came in and coaxed Alberto Callaspo into a tapper back to the mound.

Hector Neris came in for the 8th inning and proceeded to give up a single, a Puig HR and walk to Rollins before closing out the Dodgers offensive line at 6 runs on 7 hits.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense remained quiet. Outside of a leadoff single by Ryan Howard in the 2nd, and actually making Grienke throw pitches, the Phils bats were stifled yet again. After Howard’s single, Grienke proceeded to retire the final 21 batter he faced before being pinch hit for in the bottom of the 8th, extending his scoreless streak to 35 2/3 innings.

Joel Peralta came in and cleaned up the 9th inning to shut the Phils out for the 2nd straight night.

The Phils will head into SF tomorrow to face some guy name Bumgarner. But hey, at least we got plenty of shots of Pat Sajak and Mary Hart.

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