With the click of the attack, the Phillies quietly moved into second place in the NL East


The Phillies are about to do something they haven’t done since April 2014: win a series at Dodger Stadium.

The Phils put themselves in that position by winning the first two of a four-game series in Los Angeles. They beat the Dodgers, 12-10, in 10 innings Friday night to improve their record on their current trip to 4-1. They took two of the three to Seattle before heading to Los Angeles.

The attack was the key to the journey. The Phils are averaging 7.6 runs through the first five games and they’ve hit 10 homers. They play two more games at Dodger Stadium before a day off Monday and the start of a three-game series against San Diego at home Tuesday.

The Phillies are 0-5-1 in their last six series at Dodger Stadium, dating back to 2015.

Ranger Suarez will receive the ball Saturday night against Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias.

Saturday night’s game will be the last of Bryce Harper’s trip. He will have a PRP injection on his injured right elbow on Sunday and that will likely keep him out of the lineup until Wednesday.

Harper will be missed. He’s been swinging a hot bat since injury forced him to move to the designated hitter spot on April 17. He had three more hits — two doubles and a homer — Friday night. He leads the Phillies with eight home runs and the Majors with 22 extra hits.

The Dodgers knocked out slated starter Clayton Kershaw with back issues ahead of Friday night’s game, but his replacement, Walker Buehler, was no gimme as he entered the contest at 4-1 with a 1 ERA, 96.

The Phillies got to Buehler for nine hits and five runs in five innings. Rookie Bryson Stott, playing shortstop for the injured Didi Gregorius, drove in three runs on a pair of hits over the first four innings.

Starter Kyle Gibson (six runs in 3 2/3 innings) wasn’t sharp and the bullpen continued to be an adventure for the Phillies. With Seranthony Dominguez and Corey Knebel due to workload issues, manager Joe Girardi tried to get Jeurys Familia to close a two-point lead in ninth. He allowed a game-tying two-run homer to Justin Turner to send the game into extra innings.

Nick Castellanos made two of his three-pointers on the night with a brace in the 10th and he stole the third and scored on a throwing error to put the Phils up, 12-9, in the 10th.

Rookie right-hander Francisco Morales was thrown into the fire in his second major league appearance. He battled command issues and three walks, but caused a huge double play ball from Mookie Betts on the way to his first big league save.

The Phillies’ hot streak on the West Coast left them at 16-17 and propelled them into second place in the NL East, 5½ games behind the division-leading Mets.

A victory Saturday night would put the Phils at .500 for the first time since ending April at 11-11.

Subscribe to Phillies Talk: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Embroiderer | Art19 | Watch on YouTube


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.