Thursday, April 24, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Dodgers 3
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- One of the least-heralded aspects of the Dodgers' turnaround in 2013 was the two-man tandem of Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen shutting down the last two innings for opposing teams in those final months.
Now, the Dodgers are having to scramble to keep from burning their closer out before the calendar turns to May, and they’re wondering how much they’re going to get from their $10 million setup man. Jansen, who leads the major leagues in appearances, got the night off and Wilson had another meltdown to cost the Dodgers a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
How it happened: The Phillies kept pecking at Dan Haren throughout the evening, but in the one inning they actually got to him, the fifth, it was thanks to another Dodgers error, the bane of this young season. The Dodgers had a frustrating evening at the plate, stranding runners all over the place, but Adrian Gonzalez homered deep to center to tie it in the seventh. Then, Wilson gave up four ninth-inning runs to spoil the little comeback.
Hits: Juan Uribe came off a hot road trip and hit the skids in L.A., going 2-for-20 on the homestand heading into Thursday. Then, his bat erupted again. He was 3-for-4 and launched his fourth home run, a two-run shot, the only time the Dodgers could cash in against Kyle Kendrick, though they managed 10 hits off the Philadelphia right-hander. Uribe’s bat has been a big, pleasant surprise this month.
Misses: The Dodgers’ bad fielding has become their biggest problem. One of the least likely players to make an error, Gonzalez, helped usher in two unearned runs in the fifth inning with his misplay of a Chase Utley grounder.
Stat of the game: Andre Ethier has built himself a nice little niche as the only Dodger capable of playing all three outfield spots well, but he'll have to hit soon to keep getting this much playing time. Ethier went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and his batting average slipped under the .200 mark to .194.
Up next: The Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies for the first time this season, with Josh Beckett pitching for the Dodgers and Jordan Lyles going for Colorado. The game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.