Things Not Looking Good as Phillies Fall

Things not looking good as Phillies fall, 5-3. Julio Urias did the Phillies in with his arm and his bat as the surging Los Angeles Dodgers got the best of the Philadelphia Phillies in what was promoted as a second Opening Night. With California being opened, it is believed this was the biggest crowd to witness a game since we had a health issue a little over a year ago.

Zach Eflin posted what is, in the world of Joe Girardi, a complete game by going 5 innings with 7 hits, 3 earned runs, and a pair of strikeouts. Ranger Suarez showed he is human. He allowed 1 run, a hit with a pair of walks, and striking out 1 in his inning and a third. Urias went 5 2/3 with 6 hits, 2 earned runs, two walks while striking out 5.

Will Smith started the scoring on a fielder’s choice ground out in the opening inning. Andrew McCutchen (1 for 3 a run scored and an RBI) got it even with a solo homer. Zach McKinstry (2 for 4) doubled in the 4th to give the Dodgers the 2-1 advantage. Urias stroked an RBI double to make it a two-run game. Odubel Herrera tied it at 3 with an RBI single.

Mookie Betts (3 for 5, 2 RBI) homered for the winning margin with an encore RBI single to close the 5-3 margin of victory. And now for more bad news. The Phils will be without Bryce Harper and Jean Segura for an unspecified amount of time. Harper left with back stiffness and Segura pulled a groin. Losing Segura is a major blow as he has been the most consistent offensive weapon for Team Philadelphia.

The Difference

Leaving runners on base has been the difference in this series. Philadelphia now has a dismal 2 for 20 with RISP.  So, they are getting on base but dearly lacking an offensive punch. Going into the Wednesday match-up between Zach Wheeler and Clayton Kershaw, no Harper, Segura, and Rhys Hoskins has not had a hit since June 5th and is now 0 for the last 33. Things not looking good as Phillies fall.

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