Dodgers open with back-to-back HRs in Philly

Lynette Rowe
September 20, 2017

On Monday night, the Phillies claimed a 4-3 victory as they sent Clayton Kershaw to a surprising loss via a four-run sixth inning.

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr, right, reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia. "Any time a guy walks to load the bases and the next guy hits a grand slam I'm real happy about it".

"Boy, that was fun, any time you beat Kershaw, it's really nice to see", manager Pete Mackanin said.

Kershaw spent some time on the disabled list recently and since his return, his numbers haven't been great.

Five different players ties the franchise record set in 1979 and 2000, and the current team could break the record if Yasmani Grandal goes deep one more time before season's end as the catcher is now stuck on 19 long balls this season. Freddy Galvis entered this series with 145 hits, 64 runs, 12 homers and 61 RBI while Odubel Herrera had 62 runs, 13 homers, 50 RBI and 138 hits. I blew it and we lost.

Los Angeles outfielder Chris Taylor led off the game with an inside-the-park home run off the wall in left-center.

NOTES: Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw had his record against the Phillies fall to 3-5 lifetime.

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"I thought about that right at the start of the inning", Mackanin admitted.

Pivetta escaped with a no-decision versus Miami on Tuesday after being tagged for seven runs and eight hits over five innings.

The Dodgers appeared to have regained their equilibrium of late after losing 16 of 17 during a colossal late-season slide.

The Dodgers Magic Number remains at four, but could be lowered if the Arizona Diamondbacks lose to the San Diego Padres later in the evening.

"He's not quite there yet", Roberts said.

Three things they teach you in Little League: Ready position, keep your eye on the ball and catch it with your jersey. But there are signs as we look forward to the postseason that he's going to be where he needs to be. "Tonight it was one pitch and if he makes the pitch we're talking about what a stellar outing it was".

The Phillies have a winning record in the last month: they're 16-14 since August 19.

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