Final: Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5 ❖ Attendance: 53,110
Los Angeles, CA — Going into last night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-12), the Philadelphia Phillies (11-11) were looking to tie the series at two games apiece. For most of the game, it seemed that the Phils would secure the win. That all changed in the ninth inning. Phillies starter Zach Eflin threw seven excellent innings, allowing only two runs on four hits. Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless eighth and handed the game to unofficial closer Hector Neris. He promptly allowed back-to-back-to-back homers to tie the game, and it was a runner that he had allowed to reach base that ended up scoring the winning run. To say the ninth inning was painful would be an understatement. It's further proof that the Phillies do not have a reliable closer, despite manager Pete Mackanin's claims that he has two pitchers (Benoit and Neris) that could fit that role.
There were a few positives on the offensive front. Rookies Brock Stassi and Andrew Knapp each homered, combining for four RBI. Knapp's home-run was the first of his Major League career, and the catcher finished a triple short of the cycle. Freddy Galvis extended his hitting streak to 11 games. However, there were plenty of opportunities to score more runs that were squandered. Ultimately, the bullpen was to blame, not the bats, but one can only wonder if this game would have ended differently if the offense had been able to put a few more runs on the board.
WP: Grant Dayton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) ❖ LP: Hector Neris (0-1, 4.97 ERA)