Costly Error Downs Dodgers Against Phillies 3-2 In 10 Innings
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Matt Kamlet, CBSLA.com
CHAVEZ RAVINE (CBSLA.com) — The Dodgers provided a number of exciting moments in Tuesday’s ball game, to contrast with Monday night’s four-hit shutout loss.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, it was an exciting loss.
A costly error in extra innings led to the go ahead run that downed the Dodgers 3-2 in 10 innings at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Hyun Jin Ryu, who did not have a particularly impressive outing in his last appearance at Dodger Stadium, was solid through six innings, giving up nine hits but limiting the damage to two earned runs.
Ryu, who had thrown 18 consecutive shutout innings through the fourth inning Tuesday night — which was also the longest active streak in the National Leauge going into Tuesday —, struck out three while walking two, tossing a total of 106 pitches.
Ryu faced his first legitimate challenge of the game in the top of the third inning, giving up singles to A.J. Burnett and Ben Revere to lead off the inning. He dug himself out of the hole well enough, after catching Jimmy Rollins looking and getting Marlon Byrd to ground into a double play to end the threat.
The fifth inning began in a similar fashion, however, it proceeded to tell a different story before coming to an end.
Burnett and Revere again led off the inning with singles, and the former was driven home on a 1-out double by Byrd, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
Revere, taking advantage of Crawford’s moderate arm in left field, scored when Ryan Howard hit a fly ball to shallow left, extending the lead to two runs.
The Dodgers were quickly able to cut that deficit back to one, after Tim Federowicz led the bottom of the fifth off with a double to deep left. Ryu, who plays a sacrifice role very well, moved Federowicz over to third before Carl Crawford’s sac fly to center brought him home for the run.
Dee Gordon put the Dodgers is a position to strike in the seventh inning, when he connected on a 1-out grounder into right field, which he stretched into a double.
Gordon, celebrating his 26th birthday, had already stolen second in the second, and kept the fireworks going when he stole third after the double. Gordon was slow to get up, and did not return after the inning’s conclusion.
The Dodgers had already led the league in stolen bases, going into Tuesday’s ball game.
Gordon was brought home when Justin Turner, pinch hitting for the pitcher’s spot, grounded a 2-out single through the hole and into left for the RBI, and tying the ball game at two runs apiece.
After Turner stole second, the Dodgers were officially 25-for-30 on the year for stolen bases
Hanley Ramirez made a heads-up play in the top of the eighth, after Jayson Nix was hit by a Brian Wilson pitch. Nix attempted to steal second, at which point Federowicz fired from behind the plate. The throw was high, and well off target, but Ramirez made an impressive snag off second, and was able to tag Nix as he attempted his slide.
After Kenley Jansen’s shutout top of the ninth, and the Dodger offense’s quiet bottom of the ninth, the Phillies were the ones to jump out in front in extra innings.
In the tenth inning, Carlos Ruiz reached second safety after a pop up to shallow left field bounced off the glove, and not to mention the face, of Carl Crawford, who was in close proximity to Ramirez. With both players going for the ball, it fell safely to the ground, putting Ruiz in scoring position.
Ruiz scored easily on a deep double that sliced away from Matt Kemp in center and rolled to the wall in left center field, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.
Zack Greinke, who received his Silver Slugger award before Tuesday’s ball game for his 2013 efforts, will take on Cole Hamels on Wednesday.