In the second game of three between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Regen was again at the forefront. And while Kyle Gibson was supposed to start the game for the Phillies on Wednesday night, manager Joe Girardi decided to get it smart by “starting” Connor Brogdon, who then dodged Hector Neris. As if on cue, it started to rain and the game was postponed.
Gibson took the hill to start the third inning after the delay at 0-0. His performance was mixed as he did well against one of the toughest lineups in baseball. He got himself into some sticky situations, however, and the defense did little to help him.
Gibson got into trouble for the first time in the fourth inning. It seemed like Philadelphia would be thrown early again after Cody Bellinger scored a two-run homerun, which was followed by a David Price RBI double to make it 3-0. Bellinger’s homerun was when the momentum shifted.
All 13 pitches from At Bat that ended with a Cody Bellinger homerun
There were 8 minutes and 38 seconds between the first and the last rope. Bellinger fouled nine spots pic.twitter.com/IWyztRjGxd
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However, the Phillies had a little more struggle tonight than on Tuesday. Philadelphia responded with two runs of their own in the lower quarter to turn it into a 3-2 ball game from a Ronald Torreyes single that landed Alec Bohm and Didi Gregorius on home plate.
The real and final downturn came in the seventh inning when Bohm made a mistake in first base that allowed Los Angeles to get a run to 4-2. A pass from Andrew Knapp allowed Max Muncy to score immediately after the mistake.
Gibson couldn’t recover and gave Chris Taylor a walk that ended his night on the seventh. His 4.1 innings, in which he allowed five well-deserved runs, was by far his worst start as Phillie and one of his most disappointing of the season. But it came against a strong Dodgers lineup and on the heels of a troubled routine. This game once again highlights the need for a strong defense behind Gibson for him to be successful.
By the end of the seventh, the game was out of reach as the Dodgers extended their lead to 6-2.
Philadelphia would never recover in the end. The bats fell silent as soon as David Price left the game and handed it to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Bellinger added yet another two-run home run in the ninth round to beat Llovera.
In a word, tonight was “bad”.
This team needs a kick start and it’s starting to get the little things right again.
It’s tough against a team like the Dodgers, however, but if Philadelphia are really a playoff contender they’ll have to fight in games like these. The second night in a row they rolled over when the going got tough. It’s not who this team is, which makes it all the more disappointing.
As an aside, the Atlanta Braves didn’t do the Phillies a favor by running away in the 11th inning. Philadelphia no longer holds the sole ownership of the NL East leadership.
You will try again tomorrow.