Thursday, August 11, 2016

Phils manage to salvage series in LA

Ryan Howard makes a big hit in LA, he racks up a 3-RBI double late in the game, do the Dodgers need a little of what Howard could offer that team?

The tough LA Dodgers handled the Phillies very easily the first two games of the series in LA, beating the fightins pretty soundly. The first two wins helped the Dodgers gain first place in the NL West but it would only be a short time they would be there, as the Phillies managed to win yesterday in LA and push the Dodgers out of first when the LA loss was combined with a San Francisco Giant win. In the first game of the series, Zack Eflin who started the series in LA off for the Phils looked not that good, with the loss he fell to 3-5 and also ended up on the DL. Elfin has had a Jekyll and Hyde type of starts for the Phillies since they brought him up. Corey Seager hit 2 HR in the first game of the series as the Dodgers sunk the Phils by a 9-4 score. Chase Utley faced the Phils for the first time in LA, he went deep in the first game as well. In yesterday's game though he turned in an 0-4 with 2 SO on the day. Utley told reporters he still monitors what is happening with his old team and of course he still stays in touch with some of the old players on the team he played with while in Philadelphia. The Dodgers will be in Philly next week to play the Phils, with the road trip over, the Phils are off tonight and then welcome the Rockies in for a weekend series in Philly starting Friday night. The record for the team is 53-63 and they are 15.5 GB from the Nats. At times they look ok, and at other times this team looks terrible. The missing pieces of the puzzle to make this team better are not in place yet. All we hear is that the team is rebuilding but that process is taking a very long time to start to look like a solid foundation is in place.  

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