Despite the Sixers making noise by trading Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and even naming a new head-coach, the Phillies played tonight as well. The Phils gave the ball to Jonathan Pettibone to open up a four game weekend set at Chavez Ravine against the red hot Dodgers.
Things were ugly early on for Pettibone, who got hit around by the Dodgers in the first inning. Both Matt Kemp and Andre Either had RBI doubles, Either’s a two-run double, and the Dodgers took the early 3-0 lead. I have to say, early on it felt like Jonathan Papelbon was headed back to Triple-A after this game. But Pettibone settled in to go six solid innings, while only allowing four hits. Pettibone even ended by retiring 15 straight Dodgers, and at the time of his exit he was in line to get a win.
Offensively, Dom Brown’s second inning homerun cut the Dodgers lead to just two. In the fifth, the Phillies got after Zack Greinke, as Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins RBI singles scored two runs to tie the game. Greinke went seven innings for the Dodgers, but the Phillies were able to get 12 hits off Greinke, and a Chase Utley homerun in the seventh gave him four earned runs on the night. It also gave the Phillies a 4-3 advantage, just in time for the bullpen to blow the game.
In the seventh inning Justin De Fratus came in to start the seventh inning, and managed to load up the bases. Just as it appeared that De Fratus was going to escape the mess that he created, as he had gotten Yasiel Puig to and 0-2 count with two outs, Puig grounded a single in between Kevin Frandsen and Jimmy Rollins, which score two runs to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. Antonio Bastardo came on to finish off the eighth without any more damage, but allowed A.J. Ellis to add an insurance run on a sac fly in the top of the ninth.
The Phillies did threaten Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth, but after a great at-bat, Chase Utley line out to Adrian Gonzalez to end the game.
The Phillies had 14 hits tonight and got solid starting pitching from Jonathan Pettibone, before the bullpen blew the game again. Throughout the course of the season, the bullpen is going to blow some games, that’s just a part of the game. The problem is that it can’t be a weekly occurrence like the Phillies bullpen makes it.