Rising young left-handers Cole Hamels and Clayton Kershaw toe the rubber when the Dodgers and Phillies continue their series this afternoon. The Phils took the first game 8-1.
Just a couple notes before heading out for an all-day bachelor party, which includes an afternoon stop at Citizens Bank Park (The groom-to-be is a Philadelphia-born-and-raised Dodgers fan. Yeah, I don’t know, either).
Kyle Kendrick: Good not great. Too many deep counts; he tallied 57 pitches through three innings, but limited the damage with his trademark sinker.
The offense: Los Angeles led 1-0 into the 4th and it looked like more of the same. That changed in hurry. The homers were nice, but I liked the fifth inning best. Greg Dobbs led off with a bunt single, Jayson Werth hit behind the runner with an opposite-field stab, Chris Coste knocked in Dobbs with a rope up the middle. When was the last time we saw three hits in a row? Werth would later win a good battle with Greg Maddux by lifting one into the outfield for a sac fly.
Geoff Jenkins: He’ll undergo an MRI for a hip flexor or quad strain today. We’ll see if they make a roster move. We could be looking at a couple of old favorites like Chris Snelling or T.J. Bohn, who aren’t hitting at LV. I'm ready for shortstop Jason Donald’s bat. Donald homered in Team USA’s bronze medal win. If not Donald, who wouldn't be immediately available since he's wrapping it up in China, maybe outfielder Brandon Watson, who’s swinging a steady bat for Lehigh Valley.