The Phils had a golden opportunity in the first inning against Tony Gonsolin, who has been erratic in two starts this season since returning from a shoulder injury.
They had runners in the second and third row with no outs in the first game when Odubel Herrera worked a walk and Jean Segura doubled up. JT Realmuto was struck out and Rhys Hoskins came out weak after Bryce Harper’s RBI single put up a big round. Hoskins has been 0 for 30 since June 5 and his batting average has slipped to 0.238.
The Phillies blocked the loaded goals when Alec Bohm struck out. Coming away with a point in this set has proven to be costly, especially against the Dodgers who require you to play clean and capitalize on rare opportunities. They are 40-26 for a reason.
In the fourth inning, the first two Phillies reached before Ronald Torreyes and Spencer Howard were called up for strikes. Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook didn’t have a good night. His strike zone was wide and inconsistent and did not favor the Phillies. Realmuto made three shots out of the crease called strikes in his first two at-bat, and Estabrook missed three more in the fourth inning.
Still, the Phillies had another chance in the set and couldn’t concede. They went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
“It’s tough,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t think we got a lot of help from the umpire in one set with Howard and Torreyes, and it’s pretty frustrating. We had opportunities and we did not take advantage of them. That’s the difference in the game.
The Phillies have two more with the Dodgers before a day off Thursday and three in San Francisco. The Dodgers and Giants have the two best records in the National League. While the Dodgers have taken six of the seven wins, it’s actually a good time to catch them as their top three left-handed hitters – Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy – are all injured, which makes what was more manageable. and is the most profound formation. in the league. The Phillies also miss Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler.
Monday night was a night to take advantage of a weaker opposing pitcher. The Phils draw two tough lefties the next two nights against Julio Urias (9-2, 3.56 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) and future Hall of Fame member Clayton Kershaw. They counter with Zach Eflin and Zack Wheeler.