Never a doubt in our minds. Ok, maybe a little. The Philadelphia Phillies (15-17) nearly duplicated the blown lead against New York last week. The Los Angeles Dodgers (20-10), trailed 7-1 but chipped away before falling, 9-7. The Phils contributed long balls again with Bryce Harper and Johan Camargo taking balls out of Dodger Stadium.
To the Action
Philly scored in five of the first six innings with Harper blasting a 344-foot shot off Dodger starter, Tyler Anderson. Anderson remains without a loss despite his 6 innings, 10 hits, and 7 runs with five strikeout performances.
Kyle Schwarber plated player of the game, Jean Segura. Segura currently holds a league-best 10-game hit streak. Johan Camargo blasted a 374-foot shot that scored Schwarber ahead of him for a 4-0 advantage. Cody Bellinger countered and went further, 385 feet to close the gap to 4-1.
Segura showed his speed and savvy by scoring on a Schwarber SAC Fly….to second base!!! Gavin Lux was caught napping and Segura took advantage to get it to 5-1. Alec Bohm notched his first career triple and was chased him on Bryce Harper’s 11th double of the season.
Schwarber went back to work, scoring JT Realmuto on another SAC Fly to push it to a 7-1 Phil’s lead. Then, the tables began to turn when Will Smith (not that one) chased home Trea Turner and Muncy with a double. The Dodgers stayed hot and evened the score in their half of the eighth started by Smith scoring Freddie Freeman on a single. Justin Turner kept things going with a two-run double followed by a Chris Taylor hit that plated Smith to make it 7-7.
Daniel Hudson took the mound for the Dodgers in the ninth with bad results for the home team. Hudson uncorked a wild pitch to score Odubel Herrera with Rhys Hoskins taking third and Alec Bohm advancing to second. Harper continued his big night with a SAC fly plating Hoskins.
Corey Knebel came in to attempt to lock the thrilling contest down. Hold that thought ..a flashback to the Mets implosion came to the forefront. Bases loaded, no outs… Unlike the New York game, Knebel worked his way out of the jam with a fly to right from Austin Bares, one to left from Bellinger, and finally, Herrera caught the last out in center.
“We can’t let that happen again, It’s not what good teams do. It’s not what teams that are fighting to win a championship or fighting to be the best team in the league — it’s not what those teams do.” Bryce Harper was a bit emphatic post-game.
Never a Doubt
The Phillies bats are doing what was expected going into the season. Harper went 2 for 4 with RBIs, 20,21, and 22 with a run scored. Segura continues to produce with his 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base. Kyle Schwarber broke out of a mini-slump with 1 for 3 night with a pair of runs knocked in.
Pitching-wise, Zach Wheeler was activated and went 5 1/3 surrendering 6 hits, and 3 runs while fanning 7 and walking one. Andrew Bellotti was credited for the win with just 2/3 of an inning. Knebel struggled with a pair of walks but persevered to pick up the save. Never a doubt in our minds.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.