2019 Postgame Recaps

Horrendous loss to Dodgers was one for the dark ages



Cody Bellinger homered twice as the visiting Dodgers roasted the Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. (Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

Men against boys. Varsity versus junior varsity. That’s what it looked like in the Philadelphia Phillies thoroughly embarrassing 16-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Any of the 30,025 in the ball park who were fans of the home team deserve a medal if they stayed around to watch the end. The Phillies fell to a mediocre 48-46, while the Dodgers improved to 63-33 on the season, the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

Through four innings, both starting pitchers finished with 73 pitches. However, the competing individual statistics could not have been further apart.

Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw had allowed one run on three hits and had successfully dodged bases loaded threats in both the first and third innings. Conversely, mercurial Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin had surrendered six runs on six hits.

Throughout the game, the Dodgers showed why they own the best record in the game. They hit for power (Cody Bellinger’s 32nd home run in the fifth and his 33rd in the seventh off Edubray Ramos; Max Muncy’s 24th in the seventh off Ramos; Alex Verdugo’s two-run blast in the eighth off Yacksel Rios), hustled singles into doubles, executed a suicide squeeze single and delayed steal of home during a six-run fourth inning . . . truth be told, the chasm that exists between the elite Dodgers and descending Phillies was alarming and worrisome.

As for a potential comeback, two mind-boggling statistics muted any possibility of a miraculous win. During Kershaw’s illustrious career, he has now been provided with six or more runs on 96 occasions. His record in those games is 73-3 with 20 no-decisions. When leading by at least five runs at any point, his record is now . . . 57-0.

The Phillies had a supreme chance to twist the Dodgers into a bind. The Dodgers were coming off last night’s 7-4, 12-inning win at Boston that necessitated six relievers and 102 pitches while causing them to arrive in Philadelphia at 4:30 a.m. Had they gotten to Kershaw early (his career record at CBP was 2-3 with a tepid 4.01 ERA) there might have been a chance to help erase the still-lingering taste of LA’s three-game sweep from May 31 through June 2.

Scott Kingery (who had two of Phillies seven hits) led off the third inning with a long home run that gave the Phillies a 1-0 edge. The blast ended an 0-for-9 string. Once at a startling .349 on June 19, the current leadoff hitter had seen his average reduced to .282 before game time.

Seven batters later, Sunday’s walk-off hero Maikel Franco had a chance to break the contest open. Despite a 10-pitch at-bat, Franco grounded out to third as the Phillies left the bases loaded for the second time in three innings.

It didn’t take the Dodgers long to answer. In the fourth, following a one-out single by Verdugo, Justin Turner slapped a run-scoring double. After advancing to third on a ground out by Bellinger, Verdugo scored the go-ahead run on an infield single by Muncy (.159 average over previous 11 games).

A single to left by Kike Hernandez increased the Dodgers lead to 3-1, and a run-scoring bunt single by Austin Barnes started to turn the game into a rout. Joc Pederson knocked in the fifth Dodger run via an infield single; a delayed steal of home plated the sixth.

In summary, it was just a terrible display by Philadelphia. It was as though the Dodgers were toying with the Phillies, and they had no answer and arguably no desire, as they ultimately induced a miserly 40 pitches in innings four through six after seeing 61 over the previous three.

Pouring insult into the gaping and embarrassing wounds, the Phillies used Roman Quinn to pitch the end of the eighth and the entire ninth; he was tagged for two runs and four hits. Oh, and one more thing. J.T. Realmuto’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end.

The sun will come out tomorrow, and these two teams will start all over again. Phillies inconsistent right-hander Vince Velasquez (2-5, 4.63) will take the mound to face-off against Dodgers NL All-Star Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.46).

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

Dodgers – Three-time Cy Young Award recipient Clayton Kershaw (8-2, 3.00) struggled early but finished strong. While improving to 4-5 in 15 career starts versus the Phillies and lowering his ERA against them (he entered with a 2.83 mark), Kershaw went six innings (the 16th straight occasion in which he lasted six or more innings) and was charged with one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Of his 101 pitches, 68 went for strikes.

Phillies Zach Eflin (7-9, 4.16) started strong, needing only 40 pitches to toss three hitless, scoreless innings. Then came the aforementioned nightmare fourth, the major culprit behind his awful six-inning line score of nine hits and seven earned runs to go along with one walk and five strikeouts on 102 pitches, 69 for strikes. Four starts ago, Eflin’s ERA was an All-Star worthy 2.83. Since then, he has been torched for 20 runs in 22 innings and his season ERA has soared to 4.16.

Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Cody Bellinger

This could have gone to anyone wearing a Dodgers uniform, and that’s no embellishment. This victory was as thorough as a team could muster. Up and down the lineup, batters went 8 for 18 with runners in scoring position and slugged 10 singles, five doubles, and four home runs and worked five walks. One player stole home; another successfully suicide squeezed. Clayton Kershaw was dominant over his final three innings. But it was Bellinger, MLB’s leader in round trippers, who stood out most with two home runs, two singles, two runs batted in and four runs scored while upping his batting average to .341 and his OPS to 1.143. He even busted down the line for an infield single in the ninth even though his team was leading by a dozen runs.

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Tuesday, July 16, 7:05 EDT vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP; WTTM 1680 (Spanish)

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Thiago

    July 15, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    The season is ALREADY over Until somebody with courage steps and up and FIRE EVERYBODY IN THIS STAFF! The Phillies doesn’t need a hitter like Jackie Bradley, they need a DECENT GM and COACHING STAFF. As a supporter, I’m ashamed to have kapler and klentak in our team. Just for example, they prefer don’t give 13M to Keuchel (3.09 ERA), just to see how a almost 7.00 ERA rotation perform… Gave 4573M to relievers who rarely enters the field. Man, Im speechless. Carlos Santana should be very very happy right now.

    • William

      July 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      I couldn’t have said any better !

  2. SANDRA BUBLITZ

    July 16, 2019 at 12:43 am

    the game tonight against the dodgers was bad enough, but it was really rotten to let all the starters finish the game against the phils

  3. Johnny

    July 16, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Some team is going to get hot down the stretch to get the wildcard. Weirdly, need to keep rooting for Atlanta to beat everybody.

    • Thiago Feliciano

      July 16, 2019 at 1:30 am

      for what, man? Just to face a Dodgers caliber team humiliate us? This Phillies team has A LOT of holes. GM, Manager, RP, 3B, 2B, CF…

      • Johnny

        July 16, 2019 at 2:22 am

        Hard to argue that. Unfortunately.

  4. Craig Glessner

    July 16, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Biggest hole to fill head coach.

    • Fleming Hill

      July 16, 2019 at 9:26 am

      I disagree..biggest hole is ownership.
      If the ownership cared, the team would have a pitching staff prior to the season starting!
      After June 1, ownership would have fired the entire staff from Top down.
      The only way to force a change from this ownership group is for the fans to quit on our team.
      I for one refuse to go back to the park until changes are made!

  5. Jeff Orbach

    July 16, 2019 at 8:51 am

    They’ve quit playing for Gabe earlier than last year, because unlike the inexperienced players we had last year, veteran players look at Kapler and know he has no idea what he’s talking about.

    In the 4th inning they didn’t even know how many outs we had.

    I think the Phillies need to hire a new president, a new GM and a new manager NOW!

    Please hire Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter or Mike Sciosia to run this team. I would prefer Pete Mac over what we have now.

  6. Thomas J Gaitens

    July 16, 2019 at 10:48 am

    100% agree…
    purge these KAPLER CLOWNS!
    you cannot punish Franco because you have not punished anyone before!

    Hustle is the ONLY thing you can 100% control and KAPLER is a cancer.

    our collapse last season, was due to Kapler and now this season…what else do you need…the CULTURE is ARBITRARY!

    I worried that the pitching collapse was due to catching last year…as evidenced by METs issues with the same. But it is KAPLER!

  7. Dave Kropp

    July 16, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for filling me in on everything that happened! I was away at the shore, and this piece came in handy as a recap. If the Dodgers don’t win the WS this year, they may never win again!

    • bj

      July 18, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      What do you think it’s felt like the last few years or 30 years?

  8. Lefty

    July 16, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Joe Girardi is looking for work, just sayin….

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