The Los Angeles Dodgers winning streak came to a halt at 10 on Sunday. The Philadelphia Phillies were able to take advantage of two Hanley Ramirez errors in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Brandon League a tough luck 3-2 loss.
League came on with one out in the bottom of the ninth and got Casper Wells to ground to shortstop. Ramirez short armed the throw and Jerry Hairston was unable to make the play at first. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single to the gap in right field.
With runners at first and third Don Mattingly decided to intentionally walk pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins to load the bases. Michael Young then came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and hit a ball that might have been an inning ending double play but Ramirez didn’t field it cleanly and then fumbled it not getting anybody out. More importantly the winning run scored from third.
Mattingly talked about the loss after the game saying, “We would be satisfied winning two out of three coming in, but we gave ourselves an opportunity to win this one.” Mattingly also added, “We just didn’t do enough.”
The Dodgers took an early lead on an Andre Ethier solo homer in the second inning off Cole Hamels. It was Ethier’s third homer off left-handed pitching this season. Both runs on the day for the Dodgers were scored by Ethier as he came in on a Hairston single in the fourth inning.
Hamels pitched well for the Phillies striking out eight without walking anybody in seven innings holding the Dodgers to the two runs on seven hits.
The Phillies got that run right back in the bottom of the fourth with a solo blast from Darin Ruf. The run snapped a string of 30 consecutive innings in which the Dodgers hadn’t allowed a run.
Ricky Nolasco might have escaped with just the one run if it weren’t for another overthrow from Yasiel Puig. In the sixth inning and Chase Utley at first, Domonic Brown singled to right. Puig came up throwing and sailed his throw to third overthrowing everybody except Nick Punto who had to jump to catch it.
The throw allowed Brown to cruise into second taking away the double play that might have occurred on the very next play on a groundout. It might not have mattered anyway since the groundball was not hit particularly hard. At any rate, Utley scored to tie the game and that’s where it would stand until the bottom of the ninth.
The Dodgers will now head to south beach to start a four game series with the Miami Marlins who have scored the least amount of runs (396) in Major League Baseball.
WP: Jonathan Papelbon (3-1)
LP: Brandon League (6-4)