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Game Thread, 5/29: Phillies at Dodgers

Well hey now, it should be easy for the Phillies to improve on last night’s hideous loss.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, the four runs the Phillies scored early in last night’s series opener against the Dodgers aren’t the sum total of their offense for the entirety of this West Coast road trip. But it’s easy to imagine that it could be, given how helpless the team looked at the plate following Cesar Hernandez’s three-run home run.

Things devolved across the board, culminating in Rhys Hoskins fouling a ball off of his face in the Phillies’ second to last at-bat of the night: Hernandez missed a pop-up. Maikel Franco got eaten up by a sharp grounder. No relief pitcher Gabe Kapler deployed could stop the inevitability of the loss. All in a game that was started by Brock Stewart, a particularly beatable pitcher.

So, tonight it’s Jake Arrieta and Kenta Maeda. And if the Phillies didn’t employ Arrieta to nullify the effects of a gut-tossing loss the previous night, then what did they acquire him for? Stay up late and talk Phils with us.