Nick Pivetta started Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers and didn’t allow a single hit. Unfortunately, due to a lengthy rain delay, he only pitched 2.1 innings (yet walked four batters in that time). Meanwhile, the Phillies could only deliver two hits of their own as they fell by a score of 7-2.
Pivetta got off to a shaky start when he walked the bases loaded in the first inning. Fortunately, the Dodgers could only score a single run thanks to an A.J. Pollock sacrifice fly. The score was 1-0 when the rain began to fall in earnest in the third inning and the game was delayed by 2 hours and 37 minutes.
Sadly, the rain delay provided one of the only highlights for those Phillies fans unlucky enough to be in attendance:
One fan during rain delay decided to use the tarp as his own slip n slide— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 18, 2019
They handcuffed him and took him away ♀️
Public service announcement: You will be arrested if you go on the field#Phillies pic.twitter.com/EbKaNUG4Qq
The Phillies were forced to cover 6.2 innings of relief, and attempted to do so with a combination of J.D. Hammer, Jose Alvarez, Edgar Garcia, Juan Nicasio, and Austin Davis. It seemed unlikely that group would be able to avoid giving up some home runs, and sure enough, they were twice victimized.
Right after the Phillies tied the game at two in the sixth inning, David Freese (David Freese!) took Nicasio deep in the top of the seventh.
Cloudy with a chance of Freesing rain. pic.twitter.com/NG7HmtNBrq— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 18, 2019
And in the eighth, Justin Turner victimized Austin Davis.
JTurned on one. pic.twitter.com/0k1WjWg9OC— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 18, 2019
The Phillies’ offense seemingly caught a break when the rain forced Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda from the game, and they took advantage by recording a grand total of two hits.
The Phillies won’t have much time to stew in the loss, since they’ll be back in action this afternoon. Hopefully, there are no rain delays in that one, because Aaron Nola is scheduled to start, and if he has to be removed early, it doesn’t bode well for the Phillies’ chances.