After the Los Angeles Dodgers won a wild game on the road the night before in 12 innings against the Boston Red Sox, it appeared as if Los Angeles was going to be tired before beginning a four-game set on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dodgers trailed 1-0 in the third-inning after Scott Kingery hit a solo home run for Philadelphia off of Clayton Kershaw. In the fourth-inning, Los Angeles woke up and scored six runs. This spark allowed them to beat down on the Phillies and win the game 16-2.
Justin Turner had an RBI double, Max Muncy had an RBI single, Enrique Hernandez had an RBI single, Austin Barnes bunted on an RBI single, Joc Pederson had an RBI single, and Austin Barnes stole home all in that fourth-inning.
Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the fifth-inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers off of Zach Eflin.
He also hit another solo home run in the seventh-inning off of Edubray Ramos. Max Muncy would also hit a solo home run later in the inning off of Edubary Ramos.
They would score five more runs in the eighth-inning. Joc Pederson had an RBI double, Alex Verdugo hit a two-run homer off of Yacksel Rios, Enrique Hernandez walked with the bases loaded, and Austin Barnes hit a sacrifice fly.
Maikel Franco hit a sacrifice fly for the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth-inning. There was a point during the game in the third-inning when Franco was up with the bases loaded with two outs. Had he ran out a ground ball, Maikel Franco would have been safe and the inning would have been extended, but the game was totally different after that.
Corey Seager had an RBI double and Enrique Hernandez had an RBI single for Los Angeles in the ninth-inning.
Clayton Kershaw (8-2) was the winning pitcher for the Dodgers. He only pitched six innings and gave up four hits and one run. Kershaw walked two batters and struck out seven.
He has lost a lot of velocity on his fastball and Clayton Kershaw has thrown a lot more of his secondary pitches so far this season.
Zach Eflin (7-9) was the losing pitcher for Philadelphia. He pitched six innings and gave up nine hits and seven runs. Eflin walked one batter and struck out five.
The Dodgers have placed outfielder Chris Taylor on the IL with a broken forearm.
With the Phillies losing and the St. Louis Cardinals taking down the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 on Monday night, Philadelphia and St. Louis are both tied for the second wild card spot in the National League.
The second game of this four-game set between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies will be on Tuesday night. The projected pitching match up will be Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.46 ERA) for Los Angeles and Vince Velsaquez (2-5, 4.63 ERA) for Philadelphia.