The Dodgers got shut down in the clutch by journeyman Jerome Williams and the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen in a 6-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers had 11 hits to the Phillies' 10, but came up empty when it counted.
How it happened: The strangest moment of the game -- or probably any game Tuesday -- came in the seventh inning. The ball slipped out of Wood’s hand as he was beginning to make a 3-and-2 pitch to Odubel Herrera. As the ball sat there in the infield grass, Carlos Ruiz raced all the way from second to apparently score. But the umpires ruled Wood had committed a balk since the ball never advanced toward the plate. The runners went back to second and third. They didn’t stay there long. After Wood walked Herrera, Maikel Franco hit reliever Joel Peralta’s third pitch for a grand slam.
Wood pitched well until his pitch count crept up near the 100 mark though he also had to dodge a lot of early base runners. The Phillies got runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings, but could score just one run on Herrera’s third-inning double.
The Dodgers had a frustrating night against Williams, who entered the game with a 6.36 ERA, managing just one run on seven hits over five innings. Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the fifth was their only scoring against Williams. They had the bases loaded in the fourth with nobody out, but Alex Guerrero struck out on a breaking ball in the dirt to defuse the threat.
The at-bat of the game for the Dodgers came in the eighth inning, when Jimmy Rollins ran the count full with runners on second and third against reliever Ken Giles, who threw a 100-mph fastball on the inside corner to get the strikeout and get out of the inning.
What it means: The Dodgers might be running into a last-place team in this series, but it’s an extremely hot last-place team. The Phillies are 13-3 since the All-Star break.
Notable: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game the team has not discussed sending Joc Pederson to the minor leagues to iron out issues with his swing. Pederson, who was batting .161 in his previous 24 games, did not get a base hit, but he walked three times. He thought he had a fourth walk, but plate umpire Brian O’Nora called him out on strikes as he strolled his way to first base in the eighth inning. Pederson has 10 strikeouts in his past four games. Rollins, playing his first game in Philadelphia since the trade to the Dodgers, got a nice ovation in his first-inning at-bat, stepping out twice. The Phillies also played a nice video tribute during the second inning. Rollins went 2-for-5, including a double, but was left stranded by the Dodgers who hit behind him. Guerrero has grumbled at times about a lack of playing time, but he’s not doing much with it now that Justin Turner is hurt and Guerrero’s getting at-bats. Guerrero struck out in all three plate appearances. Since the start of July, Guerrero is 2-for-28 with eight strikeouts and no walks.