The Philadelphia Phillies pounced on a routine two-out grounder that rolled between Gavin Lux’s legs in the second inning, scoring four unearned runs.
Three hours later, the Dodgers were down to their final out, and Lux had an improbable opportunity to redeem himself.
Los Angeles avoided a four-game series sweep on Sunday thanks to a two-run double by Lux in the ninth inning to make up for his fielding error.
Even though “I probably shouldn’t even have been in that scenario otherwise, I kind of had to make up for before,” Lux remarked following his first career walk-off RBI.
After Lux’s error, the Phillies had a 4-0 lead and were up 4-2 after Aaron Nola’s seven strong innings of four-hit ball. When Jeurys Familia walked Lux in the eighth, Mookie Betts doubled and the reliever got out of it with two groundouts.
The Phillies then came within one strike of completing their first four-game sweep at Dodger Stadium since 1985, but they couldn’t pull it off.
When Cody Bellinger smacked a two-out, two-strike triple-off closer to Corey Knebel with the bases empty, the game was already over (0-3). It was over after ten pitches.
It was Lux who drove home both runners after Chris Taylor had taken a walk. Actor Tom Hanks, who was in the crowd, raised his hands to his head in shock as he witnessed the wild celebration at Chavez Ravine.
On Sunday, the Dodgers escaped their first five-game losing streak since April 2019. Betts also hit a home run. Walk-off victories hadn’t occurred in a Los Angeles Lakers game since July 20, 2017.
There is no doubt that Gavin was thinking about the error all day, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. The win is significant, but I’m hesitant to call it the year’s largest with such a small sample size. At the moment, the guys are in a great mood.
Los Angeles’ dominant bullpen has beaten better teams than the Phillies’ perennially troublesome bullpen. In recent weeks, the Dodgers had dropped five in a row and were on the verge of losing yet another game to a substantially better opponent.
Bellinger replied, “You can’t constantly be in the lead. When things get tough, “it’s nice to see how we respond because it’s not always going to be plain sailing.”
For the first time this season, Shane Greene (1-0) threw two scoreless innings of relief for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A two-run single from Rhys Hoskins ended the Phillies’ four-game winning streak on a seven-game West Coast road trip. While Garrett Stubbs had two singles and a run-scoring opportunity, it was not enough for the Philadelphia Phillies to return to the.500 mark for the first time since April 12.
The Phillies finished the series sans Bryce Harper after scoring 29 runs and collecting 37 hits in the first three games. After hitting 8 for 12 with three home runs and eight RBI in the first three games, the NL MVP got treatment for a damaged ligament in his elbow.
While pitching his way out of several jams, Nola had eight strikeouts and two walks. The Dodgers had only allowed two other opposing starters to last seven innings all season, and he was the second Phillies starter to do so against them.
When Michael Grove made his major league debut, he allowed four hits and three walks. To bolster Los Angeles’ depleted rotation, Grove was promoted from Double-A Tulsa to the starting lineup.
As for Roberts, he stated, “I think it was as good as we could have expected.” For him, it was a valuable lesson.
Even though Odebel Herrera had the ball in his hands, it passed through his legs and missed him by an inch.
The Trainer’s Room
J.T. Realmuto was given the day off by the Phillies to rest.
For the first time since going on the disabled list on Friday due to irritation in a pelvic joint, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw played catch. On Wednesday, he’s set to throw in the bullpen… In the upcoming week, Andrew Heaney will travel with the club and is expected to pitch in the pen. His left shoulder injury has kept him out of action for the past month.
After a day off, the Philadelphia Phillies will host the San Diego Padres for the start of a three-game home series on Tuesday. No starter has been named by the Phillies.