Phillies vs.  Dodgers: Phils takes second place in NL East

Phillies vs. Dodgers: Phils takes second place in NL East

The Phillies are on the verge of doing something they have not done since April 2014 – to win a series at Dodger Stadium.

The Phils have put themselves in that position by taking the first two of a series of four games in Los Angeles. They beat the Dodgers, 12-10, in 10 innings on Friday night to improve their current trip record to 4-1. They took two of the three to Seattle before traveling to Los Angeles.

Violation was the key during the trip. The Phils have averaged 7.6 runs in the first five games and have achieved 10 homers. They play two more at Dodger Stadium before a day off on Monday and the start of a three-game series against San Diego at home on Tuesday.

The Phillies are 0-5-1 in their last six series at Dodger Stadium, dating back to 2015.

Ranger Suarez will take the ball on Saturday night against the left Dodgers, Julio Urias.

Saturday night’s game will be Bryce Harper’s last on the trip. He will have a PRP injection in his injured right elbow on Sunday and this will keep him out of the squad most likely until Wednesday.

Harper will be missing. He has been throwing a hot bat since the injury forced him to move to the designated point of impact on April 17th. He had three more blows – two doubles and one hostage – on Friday night. Leads the Phillies with eight homers and the majors with 22 extra-base hits.

The Dodgers broke out scheduled Clayton Kershaw with back problems ahead of Friday night’s game, but his replacement, Walker Buehler, could not stand it as he entered the game 4-1 with 1.96 ERA.

The Phillies reached Buehler for nine hits and five runs in five innings. Rookie Bryson Stott, who played shortstop in place of the injured Didi Gregorius, led three laps with a couple of hits in the first four innings.

Key Kyle Gibson (six runs in 3 2/3 innings) was not sharp and the bullpen continued to be an adventure for the Phillies. With Seranthony Dominguez and Corey Knebel falling due to workload concerns, manager Joe Girardi tried to make the Jeurys Familia close a two-row lead to ninth. Allowed Justin Turner a tie, a two-game homer series to send the game into extra innings.

Nick Castellanos led in two of his three series of the night with a double in the 10th and stole the third and scored in a throwing error to put the Phils 12-9, in the 10th.

Beginner right-hand man Francisco Morales was thrown into the fire in his second appearance in the big category. He faced management problems and three walks, but caused a huge double-play ball from Mookie Betts on his way to his first rebound in the big league.

The Phillies’ hot streak on the West Coast left them 16-17 and lifted them to second place in the NL East, 5½ games behind the top Mets in the division.

A win on Saturday night would bring the Phils to 0,500 for the first time since they finished April 11-11.

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