Jerad Eickhoff got the start, pitching into the sixth, with a total of five runs allowed on nine hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He was crisp initially, but by around the fourth inning, seemed to be starting every hitter off with a curveball.
While Eick’s curve is a good one, a decent hitter can get around on any pitch if they know it’s coming. The Dodgers picked away at him and his curve, with single runs in the third, fourth fifth, and a pair in the sixth, thanks largely to Justin ‘The West Coast Jay Bruce’ Turner.
The Phils did strike first, with a pair in the top of the third, on a two-run double from
Farrdy Glreevs Freedy Gravvls Fladby Grevvs Freddy Galvis (yeah, him), scoring Eickhoff and Cesar Hernandez.
Down 5-2 after two hours of nickel-and-diming, the Phils got another run in the eighth, when Maikel Franco hit a sac fly, scoring
Glubis Glabros Gleetins Galvis.
As some talked about today and yesterday, losing on the road to a playoff-caliber team isn’t a pathetic disaster, but it sure is disheartening. A couple silver linings to take away were a perfect Major League debut for Mark Leiter Jr, a two-strikeout perfect inning from erstwhile Jeanmar Gomez, and the Toyota Saturday Morning Mosquito-and-Doughnut Roundtable with Scott Franzke, Jim Jackson, Larry Anderson, Ben Davis and Greg Murphy.
Oh yeah, and some guy named Kenta Maeda pitched for LA. He threw every pitch for strikes, and when a Cy Young caliber pitcher is throwing like that, even good teams struggle. So takeaways? Who knows.
Also some dude named Utley got a hit. Maybe he’ll make a name for himself.
Except we’ll see you
tomorrow later today, with another edition of West Coast Late Nights with Phrozen.