The bats returned to normal, leaving seven runners on base, and the bullpen couldn't hold a late lead as the Phillies dropped the series open in L.A., 6-4.
Thursday, the Phillies tallied 14 hits — but 11 were singles — they grounded into two double plays, were caught stealing twice (well, picked off once), stranded seven runners and blew a late one-run lead. The bullpen allowed three runs in two innings.
Jonathan Pettibone surrendered an early 3-0 lead to the Dodgers in the first inning when Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier smacked back-to-back doubles. It was the only real blemish on the night for the rookie right-hander, who kept L.A. scoreless for the next five frames and finished with a quality line of three runs, four hits, four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.
Domonic Brown put the Phils on the board in the second, stroking his 21st homer of the year — a solo shot that cut the lead to 3-1. It was the second long ball in the last three games for Brown, who's been heating up lately batting .321 with six extra-base hits and six RBIs in his last seven contests.
In the fifth, consecutive RBI singles by Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins knocked in Pettibone and Ben Revere to knot the game 3-3. Utley gave the Phillies the lead two innings later with his ninth homer of the year and second since returning from the DL.
The advantage didn't last long. Justin De Fratus immediately got into trouble upon entering in the seventh when he gave up a walk and an infield single to the first two batters he faced. With two outs and the bases loaded, he could have seen his way out of the inning but instead allowed a two-run single to Yasiel Puig. It gave L.A. the lead for good. Antonio Bastardo yielded another run in the eighth.
The Phillies, back to four games under .500, send John Lannan to the mound Friday. The Dodgers, who have won six straight, counter with Chris Capuano.
Immediately after the game, Freddy Galvis was optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room for the newly acquired John McDonald.
Galvis hit .207/.270/.367 with four doubles, four triples, four homers and 14 RBIs in 54 games for the Phillies. His playing time decreased significantly when Utley returned, so he'll get a chance to play every day with the IronPigs.