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Zack Wheeler, a right handed Georgia native, gets the starting nod.
Dan, any thoughts? This guy's kind of hard to figure out.
You think most pictures would love pitching in their home ballpark, but he struggled at home.
So far this season, there hasn't been a lot of home cooking for this guy, and that's something he needs to turn around and turn around in a big way.
Here's Mookie Betts.
He'll get us started in this one under the lights.
The first game of any SYRIZA super important.
They have a chance to set the tone.
Whether it's three game set or a four game set, You take the 1st 1 You put that other team on their heels.
This will not elude the right fielder's grasp is he ranges over to handle it for the first out.
Now at the plate.
Justin Turner, his career line against Wheeler, batting 504 for eight.
He's taken him deep once first pitch show on its way.
And here's a fastball called for Strike one boy and it's a good night for the old hot chocolate here.
46 degrees at game time, one app.
Nobody on fastball misses inside.
It's even at one pretty good pitch right there.
Fastball in off the plate.
One of things you want to do is a pitcher.
Try to stand those centers up, pops it up.
Clayton Kershaw, a Texas born left hander, against the starting nod and please act.
What do you got? A man? We'll get a look at a guy that's really dependable.
Last three starts E.
0 and that's some pretty good pitching.
Minimizes the amount of walks, keeps his hits down.
If he can do more of the same of that, he should have some pretty good fortune in this one here today.
It lead things off here in the bottom half of fastball taken, but that gets zone for a strike wind up and the old one tough to do much with that one swinging in this to once more hit the other way afterward.
Right field challengers under it.
So the bases air empty with one man gone, and that will bring up the former national again BP Andrew McCutchen.
Here's the first pitch to him and set up working plate is Matthew Ross as you see the rest of the umpiring crew there.
Well, dear Oh, you better be ready to swing with Matt Ross behind the dish.
Yeah, you know, coming into this one, you better pull the trigger.
If something's close.
Matt Ross is gonna punch a decade.
Now here's the pitch down low and the plot thickens here. Three.
And oh, to be honest with you, I'm a little bit more afraid.
That guy on deck that they got, it's up right now.
If I'm on the mound, I want this guy up right now.
He's the guy that's got a beat.
Me 31 counts of the Phillies left fielder, and he missed with that one.
It's ball four, a one out walk here in the home firms.
No, next to dig in will be blessed.
Harper first pitch on its way, and he takes a good swing of Dan one is this is sent down the line in right, but ultimately into the crowd of foul ball.
Oh, and one, the count of Bryce Harper.
Here's a late swing and a miss strike. Two.
It's a pitcher you have to love pitching to multiple ways up, down, in and out.
Throw the breaking ball a lot of different ways to get guys out.
A bad pitch there with two strikes, but it misses one and two.
You know, he's probably cheating on that inside pitch after he got jammed earlier.
If you're on the mound right now, you want to try to hit that outside corner, and there's a pretty good chance you'll get him to roll over something.
Kershaw slide one over the first on a dive, but he's back in two balls and two strikes Now.
They started this guy backwards, couple of off speed pitches early, followed by back to back heaters in go.
Either way, he wants to go right now.
Neither guy willing to give in and the ad battle continue.
McCutchen, base runner at first with one out, and Kershaw can't find the target.
There is. He's running as far as it could go.
Now it's three and two.
I don't even think I need to look in the dugout on this one.
I think it's safe to assume he's gonna be running too good a hitter at the plate.
Not to think he's gonna put the ball in play.
32 pitch swing and a shot hit down the corner, but it bends just foul into the second deck.
Another full count pitch home and he misses again.
It's full four, and that's back to back walks here with one away.
Some guys take a little time to find the zone, but the second walk of the first inning, it might be a little more than just settling in here.
Not sure how long of a least they'll give him, but they're not gonna let him walk the world out there.
And that will bring up the Sacramento product.
Reese Hoskins, first at bat for him in this one.
He was one for four with doubled in the ball game last night from the stretch I strike to begin the at bat.
Its own one awesome execution right there.
Great pitchers pitch in an excellent job to get ahead in a tough spot now.
The old one, No.
One and now a fastball.
But he's able to hold off on it, and it's two on one now, a time to start making some quality pitches.
He finds himself in a tough spot behind it.
Account with guys on base, the 21 home.
It's a high fly ball headed for the left field corner.
If it stays fair, it's gone and nearly a three run shot.
Instead, it's a foul ball open to send him packing pitch on its way, swinging a ground ball to third.
And that's a fair ball.
This this one gets buying 1/3 in there has to feel good as a hitter.
Get that, they said, would give your team believe you have to feel good when you get down the first base.
It's just a nice approach.
You see him turned to his boys right there and get fired up with dug out 100% not trying to do too much.
Able to quiet the moment down, center himself come through in a big spot at the plate.
As he pops the first pitch foul behind the plate, Kershaw comes into today second in the National League, an All Star voting among starting pitchers, so it looks very likely he'll be rewarded for his efforts so far this year.
Yeah, he's been having an excellent season to date, making a push towards that All Star Game.
Hey, fans, get out there and vote.
This guy sits in second place, but I'm sure it could be named starter.
Took a big swing at that.
One is this is driven out to deep left center field. CIA.
Later over the wall.
So a three run blast is straight away left eighth home run on the season for him, as the Phillies have opened things up now for nothing.
That's how the manager drew it right there.
Hold the visiting team scoreless and then grabbing huge home run in the first way down a breaking pitch and finds zone for strike one.
As a manager, when you see a guy struggling like this in the first thing, your mind starts racing, trying to figure out about how long you're gonna go with this kind.
How many guys who might end up having to use out of your bullpen just to get through this thing.
Not a good spot to be in four runs here in this half ball and two strikes.
Didi Gregorius tough curveball that time, but he's able to make a little contact to keep this at bat going.
Here's another one, too.
And here's one that barely misses off the inside corner to and to swing and a miss for out number two on a ball he had no chance of making contact with.
Wow, that's the case, right? There were pictures, knows this guy's of these in swing mode.
That pitch wasn't even close to the strike zone, and he still swung it up next to be Nick Williams.
Yes, he will look a first pitch fastball for Ball one.
I think this any could have far reaching effects in this game there, really making him work.
And unless he dials it in, it's probably going to limit how deep he goes into this game into his wind Up.
Here comes the 10 can't find the zone.
There is, he lays off the breaking ball.
You want to talk about being in his own.
This guy's been raking lately.
It all starts with his pitch selection to great takes, and he's almost daring the picture.
Just go ahead and challenge him, showing one after the foul ball there.
Kershaw is ready here.
It comes down the line at first, but this will wind up a foul ball two and two.
Now the pit back up the middle.
They are not going to get him first.
And that's great.
Hustle right there.
Not everybody. Get right at it.
Shoot from Step one, Frustrating executing a pitch.
There's an infield.
You could read that right off the bat.
As a pitcher, you can read the angle.
You know that that ball is going to be hit on the ground and you're thinking deep down inside.
Okay, there's a quick out.
It just wasn't meant to be.
And in steps Scott Kingery, as Kershaw, will get the upper hand.
Here was strike one I set by Kershaw, now the pitch while his last time out.
Guys were just flailing away at that slider, but tonight, completely different story.
I think their approach coming into play tonight was to lay off that pitch until he shows he could throw it for a strike to out with a man at first one and two.
Now is that one's fouled off from the booth.
Pitch for the curveball just hasn't been there this afternoon.
And this is this guy's bread and butter pitch, especially when he gets ahead of hitters.
He needs to find that curveball again, and he lays off a pitch off the plate and high three and two good running count right here.
Three balls, two strikes, two outs on run First, he'll be off to the races on this pitch, and he strikes him out here.
So he's able to stop the bleeding of bid as the side is retired.
But four runs score in the inning.
Coming right here on the three run home run, we'll head to the top of the second.
It's now for nothing.
Philadelphia Next up for Los Angeles, Cody Ballenger and they've got some work to do early on, down for nothing already ready with the first pitch here.
It comes on that one slung through the strike zone that time at 98 11 as an offense right here for nothin.
You can't let that get away from you.
Your Grand slam from tie in this one up.
Everyone take a deep breath and just start getting some guys on base wind up and the old one.
That's a good take on a fastball out of the zone.
He's looking for a ball to drive, but that ball was a little bit too far up in its own.
That's one you normally pop right up.
The 12 weakly hit to third pro, not nearly in time as he reaches it first.
I know that has to be frustrating from pictures standpoint, but nice execution.
Nice hustle pictures.
Still one good pitch away from getting a double play you don't deal with.
One of the things you want to do is make quality pitches as a pitcher, and there's not much you can do right there.
You make a pretty good pitch, and the next thing you know, you have a leadoff single on an infield ground ball here.
Jaak Peterson now and the home away splits tell us he's actually quite a bit better hitting on the road than he is at home from the stretch.
Here's the pitch 10 Mrs for the second bowl.
Sometimes it can be difficult for a pitcher.
You're facing a guy that's not known to be a big stick in the lineup.
Sometimes it's office thing is to be aggressive and throw strikes too high and it's three and oh, your offense goes out and gives you a four run cushion.
You have to find a way to stop struggling, compose yourself and get your mechanics on point it.
Be ashamed to let this one slip away a runner at first with no outs here, there's a strike with the fastball is he gets back in the count of three and one great job of doubling up with the fastball inside.
A lot of times you'll see a picture go in there, but they won't go back into a second time.
This guy's not afraid to pitch inside hard hit ball to second, and that's through for a hit, and that runner will go no further than second is.
There are two aboard now.
Looks like they might have something brewing right here.
That's back to back baserunners.
After a few runs were scored any before then I have to imagine your team throws up a crooked number.
You want to go out there and throw a doughnut up, but they are putting some guys on base.
This could get interesting off the plate in a way there.
One ball, no strikes.
So find the season with runners in scoring position.
Seeger is below the Mendoza line batting average under 200.
Unfortunately, he'd be the first to tell you he's not happy with his batting average this season.
But he can beach in a variety of different ways, and he has to because he wouldn't be here.
Otherwise, Here's we Laurent.
One in one first and second here with nobody out hit on the ground, down the first baseline, Segura for one on the first, and they get the double play.
Well, there's the fencers best friend right there in Inglis.
Off rough start, right? But nothing changes.
Had, like a good old to ball, we'll see if they could strand the runner at third.
Now digging in Gavin Lux, runner in scoring position with soup.
First pitch coming here.
It iss Oh, and look out as they brush him back here.
There's a moment where you got to be a great teammate.
Pick your body up.
Just grounded into a double play.
I don't care what it looks like single gaffer home.
Or just get that guy in from third and get your team back motivated again in their one on one.
Not the ideal location for a change up up in the zone, but he got away with it.
Look like a fastball got away from him There.
It's ball to line drive to center field in their base hit, and that ought to get the running from third throwing to second the tag and they'll get him in second.
With that, the side is retired.
Any getting here for the guys in blue on now to the bottom of the second.
Phillies lead it four to one.
So here now is the pitcher Zack Wheeler lead off the home half of the second first pitch on its way, and that swung on and missed for strike one.
Man, I really like the way this lineup is making this guy work today.
You're going to see the bullpen getting going here soon.
Oh, on one count and the pitch way outside one and two and a slider runs away from in there and the count levels of two and two.
He went with the all speed there once he got him owing to.
But now that they both missed, I think we'll see more of a challenge.
You don't have to give in, but you can't be too cute, either, to to.
I'm sure he's frustrated by that call.
Probably could have been a strike, but at the same time, earning strikes from the Empire is a real thing.
If you've been all over the place like he has, you're just not going to get much help from the umpires.
Still the next three to swung on and missed Strike three.
Now I know he's struck out there, but for a picture that's a pretty solid anytime you could make it a rosy picture out there working through quite a few more extra *****es, that's a quality a B in my book and that will bring up Jean Segura.
He lifts it in the air to right field challengers under it, and he brings it in for the second out of the inning, digging in to try it again and room a collection scored after reaching on a walk in.
It's first Kershaw into the wind up and delivers.
Here's strike with the breaking ball with two outs in the number two whole.
You're just trying to get on.
You got the big boys coming up behind you into the corner and slicing foul bases your empty here with two men out, Classico two pitches, the changeup.
Mrs Low on its one and two now, well, that's a smart miss.
Their sometimes guys will chase it down there, especially when they're in protect mode on a No.
And the throw is in time.
It's a strike out in the play.
First goes 2 to 3 for good measure as the inning is over.
So a good job for him there to bounce back after giving up four last time around, we'll go now to the top of the third.
It's the Phillies four, and the Dodgers won.
Stepping up to the plate.
Will Smith went deep in the contest last night.
Here's the first pitch to him, all right.
Now the old one and boy, they're really giving him fits inside now is he can't get extended their and its own to now.
I tried to get him to go after the slider, but it's one and two, two and two to the Dodgers catcher, 22 and he chased it in the dirt.
Real Moto recovers on the throw is in time Smith tired.
And there's one away.
Well, you know, you've made a real nice kitchen balancing a dirt and still get the hitter to swing at.
That tells me that there's a lot of deception in that pitch right now.
So one away here with bases empty and up next will be the pitcher Clayton Kershaw ready with first pitch.
Here it comes for the ones are score here in inning number three.
Fastball here and this is softly hit in.
Fouled off to the left and it's fouled away.
He was absolutely all over that fastball.
Have to find a way to keep that fair popped up, and this is gonna wind up a foul ball bases your empty one man Dodgers pitcher trying to deal with a one and two count at the plate.
Step out of the box, take a deep breath.
After spitting on that changeup, you might have bought yourself a fastball grounded weekly toward third.
Throw on to 1st 2 guns, now the best one for him here in this one first pitch of the at bat on its way.
Fastball here is we'll take a look.
A full 11 There's not too many umpires in the game that are gonna ring that first strike right there that was borderline up, even know it was in his own into his wind up.
Here comes the 10 that Now two out.
Nobody on three and oh, now fouled away.
31 Hit to short.
There's Segura, and the throw just does beat him in the bag.
So the side is retired.
Dodgers down in order, They trailing 4 to 1 and we're back for the bottom of the third.
Let's check in with Heidi Watney.
I talked with Philadelphia's manager during the break about the Phillies offensive production to this point, and overall, he's really happy with the at bats they're putting together.
They've already put four runs on the board, and they've done so by running up their opponents pitch count.
So he said he thinks they're gonna have a lot more opportunities to score because of that as the game goes on.
All right, Heidi. Thank you.
Bryce Harper will be the one to start things here against Clayton Kershaw, outfield shaded toward right center.
Here's the first pitch, and that misses for ball.
One high fly ball after straight away center on the move is Peterson, and he tracks it down.
Nice play for the first out.
With that, they get a look at what's happening in the race in the National League West.
Coming to the plate now Greece.
Hoskins looking to follow up the R B I single from his first at bat and the pitch, and this one's not close.
Its in the dirt for ball one.
Looking at his career totals, Hoskins comes into play with a slugging percentage over 4 90 just shy of 500.
So he's looking to inch closer to that nice plateau right here.
One ball and one strike to the Phillies first baseman, one app.
Nobody on now with swing, and he just follows this one away and another foul ball.
Now another one, too.
And he goes with the pitcher and drives it the other way to deep right.
Dillinger is back to the warning track, and he's able toe put it away for the second out.
He went deep in his first at bat, Got in store for us. Here.
Sean gets design.
Here it comes, high in the air and drifting out to shallow center.
Coming in his Peterson.
He gets there to make the catch, and that ends the inning.
Three up, three down for Philadelphia, but they lead it 4 to 1 in now.
Justin Turner comes into this at bat over one in the ballgame.
First pitch coming.
Here it is wind up and the old one now a check swing, but he holds up in time for one 21 The pit to first.
Hoskins grabs it cleanly and step on first for the out three unassisted, one gone down the Dodger fourth, and that will bring up the big band of maximum see first offering on its way.
The count now pitch on the way.
I look out a fastball up near its dome and that'll wake you up a bit.
Well, that'll wake everyone up.
Any time you buzz the tower like that, there's reason for people to start getting a little bit edgy and right into the shift.
But this is a foul ball is the count.
Hold steady at one and two, a good swing on a tough patch and he'll stick around to see another one.
Both clubs with three hits in the booth, and there's a fastball well off the plate inside.
This is exactly the reason why this guy has been so successful and has played this game so long.
Scrambling pitch after pitch, Making this guy work out on a mountain pulls this one high and deep to right center field.
Ranging back is Williams on the warning track.
He makes the catch.
No, bases are empty here with you gone, and that brings in the former National League rookie of the year, Cody Bellenger ready with the first pitch. Here it comes.
I Hey, this isn't exactly the way you'd like to draw it up, not throwing a lot of first pitch strikes, but the bottom line is, he's getting out now, a change up in on the hands that evens it'd one and one one run on three hits, no errors for the Dodgers thus far inside the with the hard stuff, and it's two on one now to to from a hitter's perspective, you get pounded in and then he throws a nasty changeup away.
Is the mind set to sell yourself that he's gonna go in and out all day long? Or is he gonna double up? That's the Cat mouse we're seeing right now around it, softly down the line toward first.
But this is going to be a foul ball is that keeps things that two and two and the pitch and he tried to hold up That time, we'll get an appeal down to third and no swing.
It's ball three and right into the shift, but this will get foul so they'll do it again.
3 to 32 counts are using time to challenge the hitter, but I think he'll be careful here.
Shoot for the corner, and if you miss and you walk him, so what? That's better than him putting one in the seats, and this has taken low for Ball four and they'll have themselves a two out base runner here after all.
And I'm sure the manager is just fine with that.
I mean, it's better to battle a slugger like that to the end and end up walking him than serving on up.
Or he could really hurt.
So a runner at first with two away and in steps, a former World Series hero, the outfielder JOC Pederson.
Throw over to the bag.
Don't want to forget about first delivery to him on the way.
That's a great call right there.
Fastball away with a guy who's got some Jets on first base, almost like the hybrid pitch out.
Great for a catcher.
If that guy's running easy.
Transfer throw to second base now the 10 swing and a miss.
That's the first strike.
Nice adjustment out on the mound.
Overthrew the 1st 1 a little bit, but got on top and let that ball ripped right out in front of him.
Now the pit gets him to swing at a pitch down and out of his own one and two.
I know it's cliche, and it's tired at times, but a well located fastball down at the knees is still the best pitch in the game.
Our scores were planning number four nearly got the inside, but ruled a ball in the dirt and he'll just beat the throw to second.
He's in there and a bad time for that as the runner takes second year.
Well, the intent there with that two strike pitch was obviously to get him to fish for something he couldn't do a whole lot with.
But there is the risk that comes with that as well.
If you don't execute or your catcher can handle it very well, you give up free bases from the belt, kicks and deals hit hard on the ground first and stepped on the bag himself.
And the inning is over.
Dodgers Here's D D Gregorius was a strikeout victim in his first trying Gloria.
Now the pit no balls and two strikes.
The Count Gregorius that's left but throws right and stands in its six foot three is a middle infielder by trade, of course, usually a shortstop.
But they've got him at second base in this one.
Yeah, Matty, this guy's got some of the best stands in the game.
It doesn't matter.
Shortstop second base pretty much put him wherever you want.
The infield premium defender up the middle.
Defender looks to help out the pitching step anyway and try and tempt him with one of the dirt.
But it'll hold back here.
It's one and two.
Hey, the fish ain't biting there on that 02 breaking ball.
But you got to be careful because this picture might throw him another one, trying to send him packing for the second time swing and a miss on the slider.
And that's out number one.
Another strikeout for him on the mound.
And, boy, is it fun to watch him go about his business? No doubt, Matty.
He's one of my favorites, mostly because stuff you know he can absolutely dominate on any given day because of what he offers up there.
It's just nasty.
There aren't many hitters that like to see this guy on too late. Now.
Nick Williams? Yes, we'll take a look.
Here's the 10 and a fastball here that's taken for ball, too.
I don't blame him for not coming over the heart of the plate.
He circled this guy on the lineup card when he got to the yard.
Today, he's been swinging one.
The hotter bats in the game, two balls and a strike.
That's how you open up the outside part of plate, pound two balls in and then get right back outside.
Two strikes to Nick Williams.
Full runs, only three hits and no errors on the ledger for the Phillies to this point.
And there was Slider in there for a called third strike, and there are two gone now.
You know what was really impressive to me about that strikeout? Fell behind to know, to start.
That's a pretty bad place to be.
But then he kind of focused himself.
Came right back with three quality pitches in a row to sit him down.
That's not easy to do, but now his focus has to hone in on getting ahead on the next guy standing in.
Now Scott Kingery.
We'll take a look at a pitch to low.
It's Bull one countdown ball in the strike.
Changeup gets him out in front.
Think back to the early innings right there.
You thought this guy would've been hitting the showers a credit to him.
He's been able to regroup, find his mechanics and find a way to stay in this game.
Fastball here Mrs Lowe when it's back to even now with two and two line hard to the left side.
But this will be a foul ball.
Wait and her show can't find the target. There is.
He's running as far as it can go now it's three and two.
I don't know if that was a great taker.
He's certainly trying to play it off like he knew what was coming.
You could bet he'd be on alert for that curveball again.
Kershaw's ready on his way with the three and two, and he struck him out its seventh of the ballgame, and that ends the inning.
Phillies down in order that they hold on to a 4 to 1 lead.
Welcome back Heidi Watney standing by as we get set for the top of the fifth.
During the break, I caught up with Dave Roberts, the Dodgers skipper, about his lineups performance so far and flat out.
He told me they just need to put better swings on the ball right now, he said.
They're searching for ways to drive the ball with some authority because it's just not happening for them today.
They haven't gotten an extra base hit yet, so it's been a real struggle getting guys into scoring position.
But the key, he said, is not to panic.
Sometimes you just have to fight through the downturns and keep your focus and energy high.
We've got okay, Thank you, Heidi.
Ready to deliver? Here's the first pitch Corey Seager is in to start things off is he looks at a ball to start the inning one, and and this is a fastball that's right on the black but ruled a ball.
It's to know now Nobody.
Not the way you'd like to start this fifth inning falling behind three.
You know, on the count.
It's about time he starts throwing some strikes.
Now here it comes, and a good eye here is he takes ball four and it's a base on balls to lead off the fifth inning.
Well, that is definitely not the way to start it, inning.
But one thing to give up walk.
What to do it on four pitches is pretty alarming.
He looks a little thrown off right now, settling in now.
He was cut down, its second, attempting to stretch a base hit his first time through.
Yeah, Mattias Wheels got him in trouble little bit last time.
Tried to take advantage.
Thought defense was napping a little bit.
In retrospect, maybe you should just shut it down in steal. Second base.
Perfect time for a mound visit right here.
Just give him a breather.
Chance to collect himself and get back to work.
Fifth inning here in a 4 to 1 war game way.
Ground her down the first base line, but a foul ball one and one from the belt.
Kicks and deals.
Not exactly what you'd like is a picture.
One of the keys is to minimize your pitches.
Attack the strike zone early, a lot of deep counts and working himself into a lot of trouble.
He's fallen behind now.
Three and one team's been struggling on offense.
Let your d work for you right here.
Pound Zone, 31 swung on but fouled off to the left called Strike three.
And there's the first out of the inning.
I always like watching pictures that attack with fastballs until there's a reason to start mixing it up, but he hasn't needed many of the secondary pitches so far in this one, and there was another good fastball for a strike out there into the box. Will Smith.
Asi looks at a fastball that's in there for strike one.
He's over one thus far from the stretch.
Okay, back to back.
Same pitch, same spot.
Don't be shocked if he goes right back out there.
If I'm a hitter, that's where I'm sitting.
Everyone would think he wants to go somewhere else.
He might go right exactly to the same spot, and a fastball swung on and missed as they set him down for the second time here tonight.
Well, it's been a rough Siris for him at the plate so far.
That's four strikeouts in the 1st 2 games, so this pitching staff clearly hasn't figured out.
So now to the plate.
Clayton Kershaw, two balls and two strikes now swung on and missed, and that's the final out of the inning.
One left for L. A.
They trailing 4 to 1.
Next up will be the Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler.
He starts off the inning against the guy who struck out the side last ending.
How did they get you in here? I'm not sure mad when they want to stay, is patient.
He's been throwing a lot of strikes.
They might want to start swinging a little bit earlier in account.
First pitch of the at bat on its way.
Well, he's still out there to start the fifth inning, but it's been a really grind of a start.
For him, the pitch count is much higher than he'd like it to be.
So it's hard to imagine him working really deep into this game.
That's inside to know in this situation right here, I'm protecting my picture from himself.
I know he wants to swing the bat, let the boys know in the club out study, do his job.
But I'm probably putting a take sign on right here.
Lets it fly to a no, but this one's by him for the first strike.
I know that swing wasn't a thing of beauty right there, but I don't mind the aggression right there.
Let them swing in a to oak out.
He's just got a keyhole.
It a little bit more is put in play to the right side of the infield, and he will whip this one over to first in time for the out.
Phillies Banning order turns over and set to go Jean Segura.
It was a fly out for him in his last trip.
First pitch coming here it is hit on the ground to third.
Throw on first will take care of him, and Kershaw's in control now to away now in the blocks and room will look to bounce back after striking out his last time up.
Yeah, but it was a good change of Matty.
Good arm action on that pitch.
Look for him to try and stay back a little bit more.
Let the ball get a little deeper.
Don't be shocked if this picture tries to Russia Heater right here.
That evens it up one and one.
After fouling off the 2nd 1 I got to step out of the box, just my batting gloves and tell myself there's no chance.
He's tripling up line drive, and that's a base hit into center field.
So Bryce Harper will get a chance to hit here this inning following the base hit Dear.
Oh, that's just what you want to do.
Keep the pressure on.
He's given a couple of runs early already in this game, and now it gives up to two out single.
You had no chance right there.
You want to make this guy work? You want to try and get into their pen is quick as possible and to out knocks or the answer so big set in the pit in there for strike one.
01 This is why pitching is so difficult.
You're cruising along to give up a hit.
Now you've got the lock in and get this middle part of the order done and he lays off ball one.
Some action in the dodgersbullpen now is it appears they have both the left and a right hander up throwing no offer on that 12 balls in the strike I set by Kershaw.
Now the pitch called Strike two to out with a man at first struck him out.
Is eight punch out of the ballgame and that one ends the inning.
Philly strand one.
But they lead it 4 to 1, so that will bring in Mookie Betts and through five turns at that, they've only mustered a total of three hits.
Not terrible, but they're certainly not firing on all cylinders.
Well, it's getting a little bit too late in this game that this continues like this in today's game with so many dominant bullpen arms, you certainly don't want to wait until the eighth or ninth to try to wait the bats up, ready with the first pitch.
Here it comes, maybe trying to back him up a bit there with the fastball.
Hey, this a real pesky hitter right here.
As a pitcher, you really like to keep this guy off the basis.
This is a guy that kind of sets the tables for big innings, lofted in the air out toward right center.
After his Williams.
He's not going to get to it.
So the leadoff guys aboard with a base hit now so coming to the plate.
No hits to this point.
Here's the nothing and nothing pitch fastball taken, but that gets zone for a strength.
I gotta believe the picture's gonna trust his defense right here.
Look for something down in his own to induce a ground ball double play come set and the old one well, struggling to find the release point of that curveball.
That wasn't a very good one.
Somehow I just got to find that feel because that's a bit she's going to need.
Going forward hits or now even a four apiece.
Turn to the slider here, and it just misses to one now, after those two breaking balls missed, you have to be sitting on a fastball right here.
Now the 21 is laid off for ball number three.
Max Muncy is on deck, and that misses for Ball four and its first and second now with nobody out, Always tough to issue a free pass, but especially troublesome.
When you give up a single right before that to start the inning, we'll see if he can figure out a way to wiggle out of this.
Next up is Max Muncy, third trip to the plate for him here tonight over to this point first pitch of the at bat.
That was a pretty good fastball after he walked the hitter previous, there was little angry on that Peter ready.
With the nothing in one pitch weighing inside would that was a pretty easy take their now some movement out in the Phillies bullpen as a lefty and a right hander start to loosen ground ball set back up the middle step on the back for one on the first double play.
Good pitch on the ground ball.
They're even better Job of the middle to take it himself and turn to pretty smooth.
Ready once again.
It was a walk in his last trip, he said.
Here it comes and he gets a head over one one from the booth.
*****, you could definitely tell with that foul off right there that he's picking up spin on this pictures off speed stuff, maybe expect the fastball on this next one down in the way.
It's a ball and two strikes as a hitter.
You gotta be staunching your game plan.
You know, he has a nasty changeup and you've got a fight to make sure it's in the zone.
That's a great take right there.
Moore, even at two and two pit out towards second, glorious, has it throw in time and the side is retired.
Dodgers leave one, and this is still a 41 ball game.
We want Stripling enters to do the pitching in the bottom of the sixth for the doctor number.
Next battle be Reese Hoskins, a hidden to tried so far.
Way to go, Billy.
Ready to deliver? Here's the first pitch.
Hung the slider there, but laid off one swing and a miss one and one hard liner to center field.
Peterson is there, and he has it for the first down.
Good contact to start out inning, but he might be on pace with some sort of a hit, but they're too long, just unlucky.
That time, J T real Muto will stand in and, as he does, will flash back to the first ending of the ballgame.
A three run shot, Adam often running right out of the gate.
Now pitch on the way, grounded to first diving.
Try, but it's through into the outfield.
You never want to be the picture that breaks a guy out of a slump, but this was too good.
You knew as a matter of time before he started barreling baseballs.
That was, um, a multi hit game, and I'm sure he's feeling good about stepping in now.
D d Gregorius as he looks at a fastball that mrs off the plate for Bull one over to foreign to this point, and he won't bite it that one either.
Move over to first runner back safely and a good come back fastball there.
It's two balls and a strike.
Okay in front of the changeup, and he can't keep it fair.
Two strikes on him now skied in the year to straightaway left.
Bets has a read on it.
There are two down now, a runner at first with two men out and digging into a plate of Texas native Nick Williams from the stretch.
But change up there to start him.
But it drops a little low for ball.
One sixth inning. Fourtou.
One is our score.
Strike the count, he said.
Here comes the 11 fastball is he gets the swing and a miss.
Okay, on a fastball, swung on and missed on.
The side is retired.
One left for Philadelphia as they hold on to a 4 to 1 lead.
You going to stay? No, thank you.
So next to battle be the left handed hitting John Peterson.
He singled in two trips to the plate thus far.
Here comes the first pitch.
Now the fastball swung on and missed.
We're moving right along into this one.
This guy's continuing to pitch well, which is a little bit of a surprise because his first pitch strike ratio is still under 60%.
Well, pitch count will become a factor here in the seventh.
He's about to hit 100 for the game.
That magic number in today's game is about 100 inches in.
This next pitch will be pitched number 100 He's been sailing along pretty easily so far in this one.
Yeah, he's given them some serious depth in this one.
For him to get into the seventh inning allows the manager a lot of leeway.
Whether he wants to go to his bullpen or not.
This is lying toe left that gets down and he's got himself a base hit.
So it's a leadoff knocked to start out.
The ending is they'll try toe claw back at that three run deficit pay.
Excellent job right there.
Leading off the inning with a base hit.
We got to keep this line moving.
Nobody can make it out.
We have to find a way to men.
Maybe three men put some pressure on this.
Next at the plate will be cooling.
Seeger pulls this one high and deep to right center field and delegate down out there for extra bases.
There's a long drive.
Pull it off the wall right into the outfield.
It doesn't really good job.
Zero of getting that one quickly and getting it back in to keep him at first for a long single and also nice job by the base runner.
Not they're not putting its head down, being over aggressive and getting thrown out at second base.
He saw the play happening in front of him and put the brakes on and got back for race.
Oh, I think he would have been closed to try to stretch that one into a double.
Now Jose Alvarez will come on now, and they'll slide into the seven spot in the lineup following the double switch.
Adam, his Lee is into the ballgame as well as hell.
Slide into the pitcher's spot, hitting ninth, now on the double switch at the plate. Gavin Lux.
He got called out on strikes his last time through Yeah, Maddie and hopefully got it out of his system.
Especially now he's got a bear down.
He gets two strikes in this spot has to put the ball in play ready with the first pitch.
Here it comes, favorable call in there for a strike.
Alvarez is among a dying breed, those lefty specialists whose roles are changing with the new rules around reliever usage.
We're in the seventh now, 4 to 1.
Our score to this point off late.
One bowl, one strength.
There's a ball into right center field that's gonna be a base hit and come in to score from second as they cut the lead in half to four to dear.
Oh, they're making this guy pay.
And three straight singles and a run driven in.
You had nothing hit extremely hard, killing them softly.
Station s station with those knobs at the plate.
Will Smith as he lays off a fastball too low for ball one.
He's over to the ball game so far.
10 runners at the corners here, nobody out swinging a bull hit on the ground, but a foul ball.
One and two. The count.
Tough to lay off there, but he did, and it's even up to two.
Fastball well outside.
When you're playing close games like this, base runners mean everything so he can ill afford to start giving away free passes.
Pull this one in the air to left much in is under it one down and no shot of testing anything there, he'll hold on it.
Third with one gun A.
Pollock, come on to pinch hit here in a big spot.
Tried to go that it, but he missed strike one and their runners at the corners.
No one belted high in the air out toe touch in going back to track leaping effort.
And he brings it in to away now after a great effort, and that's gonna bring in the run from third.
And just like that, it's back to one run ball game.
That was a pretty spectacular catch right there.
A lot of guys missed time that jump, because there worried about the wall coming on, but he got it just right and hold it in Great stuff.
Stop the mountain now, and it appears he's being brought in to face the right handed batter wakes.
You usually don't hear the term writing specialist very often, but that's kind of how they're used here.
Most hitters have a harder time against pictures of the same handedness, so we'll see.
If this move pans out, bets will be the first to greet him.
Here is, he stands in with a runner at first and two away from the stretch.
Here's the pitch slung on and lifted in the air to left center after it is McCutchen.
He's got it as the time run is left on base.
So what's two runs on? Three hits, no errors and a runner left on seventh inning Stretch time here in the ballpark.
Phillies lead this 14 to 3.
Dylan Floro gets the call from the pen to take over on the mound and start the home seventh, ready to go for the last half of the any digging and really, Scott Kingery first delivery to him on the way I swing and he pops him up and note this one fall so we'll get another shot sinker. Mrs.
And it's one and two now.
He struck him out the third time he's fanned in the game.
It's been a rough night of the yard for him.
That's three times he's gone down on strikes in this one, so they really figured out how to attack this guy in now.
Adam Heasley swings and grounds it too short.
There are two away gone now in Philadelphia.
Seventh, and that'll bring in jeans.
Secure first pitch.
Dodgers get a right hander up and throwing in their bullpen ball in the strike to the Phillies.
Leadoff man cigarette behind on a one in two in the seventh inning.
Now, before three ball game on a slider runs away from him there and the count levels of to to strike three called as he says, You got to be kidding me with side retired, three up, three down for Philadelphia.
Then it remains a 43 game digging in once again Justin Turner.
He'll start things out for us here in inning number eight.
First pitch of the And don't expect this pitcher to throw something over the heart of the plate.
He's gonna have to stay on the corners right here.
Huge spot in this game.
Do not miss over the heart outside.
There's a swing, and he sends a bowl high in the air in the left field, and he's gonna have room to put this one away, and that's the first out.
So with left handed hitter waiting, they'll go to their own left hand around number stepping into the box next month.
See, he was a double play victim last time around.
He doesn't have to worry about that in this situation matter. No.
One on base right now.
Try and get something up so you could drive to baseball.
Pitch on the way.
No, now one fastball that mrs 43 R score here is We play the game three and owner Well, this is the matchup they wanted bringing in the reliever.
But falling behind two and O doesn't exactly help the situation very much and a good comeback there.
It's three and one.
You maybe get two pitches a game where all the guests work goes out the window.
This is certainly that situation.
The 31 swing and a miss, and that'll fill the counted three and two.
This picture better be careful right here, but man at the plate is not trying to push something to the opposite field.
Crowd gets up for the 32 swung on missed.
Two are quickly retired to start any number eight.
Not too often you see in a tackle from three and older with strikeouts, so that's a pretty good job on the mound right there.
Kind of nice that he got a free strike on the three Otake, but he still had to put it in the zone.
Ballenger at the plate now as the changeup to drops in there for the first trying a hidden two tries for him so far, tying run at the plate.
The one if you're gonna get a swing on a pitch that far in off the plate.
Pretty much options are wide open.
Two quick strikes and audio, too.
All to strikes him out as well, so make it back to back punchouts here to the first.
Too many faces out of the booth.
The Dodgers score holds it for three.
Pedro Baez is going to come on in.
Relief is he'll be making his 20th appearance of the season.
There's Andrew McCutchen.
Now he's one for two 1,000,000,000 okay, and the pitch watches a fastball right there for Strike one.
Here comes the 01 wake.
The slider across that time laid off for a ball action in the bullpen now as a right hander begins to throw out there.
Fastball close, but he didn't get it. Two in one.
Here's a big swing and a miss on the fastball to to and the pitch.
And he found this one off 2 to 1 more time.
Hit out toward second, and that's a base.
It so a chance for some important insurance here to kick off the bottom of the eighth.
Nice execution right there.
Dan kept his front shoulder, kept his hands inside the baseball great base in the middle of your right there.
You can't get the skirt.
Sometimes, even when you make a good pitch, that ball is gonna find a hole somewhere that right up the middle, here's Bryce Harper.
Now watch one miss down and in for a ball, one or no, he's hit.
Listen, is to add bad so far, and he looks at a change up in their one on one nobody out runner on first.
And here's a fastball not close as you runs it.
2 to 1 now fouled off.
Here's the two to swing, and a miss is he ran the fastball right by him for the first got him with a good high fastball there, Danny.
We see a lot of that pitch in strikeouts situations these days.
What makes it so effective range? I think Matt would makes it such a changing.
I levels that fastball so enticing.
You think you see that ball as a hitter? Do you think you can drive it? But it's really hard to get on top of the good, high, hard fastball into the box now.
Rhys Hoskins swings and misses a first pitch fastball.
He's got a hit in three at bats to this point.
No, here's a fastball that crowds him a bit, and it's one on one, one out, one on in a one run game.
It's in there on the outer half, one and two.
Now it looks like this guy's gonna work in.
The upper part of the strike zone will be interesting to see if this lineup can adjust to the way he benches and it's fouled away 12 down the left field line and deep.
No one could get there.
It's a foul ball.
12 is off the plate up in a way to to not a bad time right here to put that runner in motion.
You send the runner, and if it's a bad pitch, it's Ball four keeps fighting him off the eighth pitch of the at bat coming up and he finally wins.
The battle is this is swung on and missed for the second out.
That's back to back strikeouts now is they've been unable to advance that leadoff single into scoring position.
You have clearly no problems getting a stretch right now that he's taking control this inning after giving up that hit.
Now we'll see if he can finish it off strong as well into the box.
J T real Muto fastball here is you.
A full 11 and so far, two for three in this one, one of runner on first with two away outside, two on one big, sweeping, breaking ball right there. Good pitch.
But if he wants to get him to swing at it, you'll have to bring it in a little bit closer to the strike zone.
21 Here it is, sent on the ground out to second cleanly Rwanda.
Muncie gets him, and with that bill in the inning.
Phillies strand one.
But they hold on to a 43 lead and Joe Girardi is going to get up off the dugout bench and confer at home plate, so we'll likely see a double switch here.
Neil Robertson takes the ball now in any number nine looking to close the door.
Standing in Jaak Peterson.
He singled his last time first pitch of the at bat.
There's the old one.
Pitch good now, a foul down the right field line, out of play, so that will move the counted to two.
Now they really punch him up on swings and misses for the first closer, comes in and strikes out the first guy basis.
Everyone on the team can kind of take a deep breath.
Still have two more rounds to get.
But retiring that leadoff guy is always a huge when you're trying to shut a game down set in the pitch booth right on it.
This is foul over toward the first base dugout.
Missed one and two one run game here in the top of the night, ripped on the ground first on the off balance throw gets him nice.
Play for the out.
Gavin Lux singled home run in his last time up.
First pitch coming here.
It is tough call there, but it's ruled just above his own.
It's taken several inches below the zone.
In fact, not a great spot to be in right here to a no, but I'm not so sure why he's pitching this guy so cautiously.
A bottom of the order guy.
You don't normally see getting pitched like this.
Now pitch on the way well out in front of the breaking ball there for a strike faces your empty here with two men, and this will be a called strike to trouble.
Now is they're down to their final strike tonight.
The Dodgers down to their final strike.
He struck him out, and that's gonna do it for the Dodgers here tonight.
They just keep on keeping on.
Got a nice little run here, waiting four in a row and playing with a lot of confidence.
Success is never guaranteed this game, so you have to appreciate it when it comes and it's a 43 finish in this evening's ballgame the Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to an early lead in the first and never looked back.
Zack Wheeler takes the win on the mound his second of the year.
David Robertson reports to save his 12th of the season.
So that's a wrap for us in this one Mark Rosa Dan, please act.
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