Well this was awful.
After allowing a leadoff home run to the first batter, Zach Eflin pitched wonderfully, limiting the Dodgers’ chances for most of the evening. Seven innings and two runs, with only four hits, no walks and four strikeouts. His cybernetic knees seem to be doing wonders for this pitching.
Down 1-0 going into the fourth, Brock Stassi hit a three-run homer, the second of his career, scoring Maikel Franco and Michael Saunders. In the fifth, Daniel Nava added another run driving in Odubel Herrera.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Dodgers’ rookie Cody Bellinger hit his first career home run, getting the silent treatment from his teammates. Not to be outdone, the Phils’ Andrew Knapp hit his first career home run in the top of the eighth, also getting the silent treatment.
I can’t embed it, but there is a video clip of this here.
So the score was and remained 5-2 going in to the bottom of the ninth. With enigmatic and oft-unhittable Hector Neris taking over as closer, the game seemed well in hand.
And then Puig hit a home run.
And then Cody Bellinger hit a home run.
And then Justin Turner hit a home run.
And then, about four seconds later, Adrian Gonzalez hit a scrub grounder the Franco booted, scoring Austin Barnes and ending the game.
Things literally went from “we’re going to win!” to “wow we lost brutally” in the span of only a few minutes.
With the loss, the Phils drop to 11-11, while the Dodgers improve to 13-12.