The game was on YouTube, the rain was sporadically falling, and there was a lot of offense. Fortunately, the Phillies had just a little more offense than the Dodgers did, and came away with a 7-6 win.
The Phillies’ offense started off well, scoring a run in each of the first three innings. One of those runs was provided by the first ever home run for rookie Adam Haseley.
Adam Haseley’s first career big-league home run tied the game up at 2-2 . pic.twitter.com/ivxiVfY0zp— Phillies Nation (@PhilliesNation) July 18, 2019
It would have been nice if that trend continued throughout the entire game, but the Phillies’ bats went quiet in innings four through six. Unfortunately, the Dodgers’ bats did not go similarly quiet, and at the end of the sixth inning, they led by a score of 5-3.
In the seventh inning, the Phillies offense picked back up. Thanks to a hit batter and a walk, the Phillies got the first two runners aboard, and consecutive hits by Jean Segura, Bryce Harper, and Rhys Hoskins gave the Phillies a 7-5 lead.
After Adam Morgan made it through the eighth unscathed, it was up to embattled closer Hector Neris (or “Ner-ees” as the announcers were calling him) to close things out. That two run lead became a one-run lead when Alex Verdugo hit a solo home run, but finally Neris was able to retire Justin Turner to preserve the win.
After the game’s conclusion, some of the Dodgers players seemed to take umbrage with the Phillies. Perhaps they thought Neris celebrated too much, or maybe they’re still upset about the bean ball incident from Tuesday night. Or maybe they’re just poor losers?
Speaking of saltiness, several Dodgers fans didn’t appreciate my pre-series prediction of a series split. Apparently, suggesting that the “mighty” Dodgers would actually lose two games to the Phillies was the most ridiculous thing they ever heard. Maybe not as ridiculous as a 30 year (and counting) drought since winning the World Series, but pretty ridiculous nonetheless.