Ryne Sandberg's Phillies haven't scored in two games and didn't advance a runner past first base until the eighth inning on Saturday night in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. (USA Today Images)
In his first two games as a big-league manager, Ryne Sandberg’s club has faced Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. It hasn't scored on either. With three ERA titles and two Cy Young Awards between them, it’s been a baptism by fire for Sandberg.
The Phillies followed a three-hit shutout from Geinke on Friday night with just three more hits in a masterful 5-0 gem from Kershaw on Saturday night.
The loss was the Phillies’ fourth in a row and 21st defeat in the last 25 games. At 53-69, the Phillies fall 22 games behind the Braves in the NL East.
Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick allowed just one earned run and seven hits in six innings. It could have been worse, though. Kendrick allowed a hitter to reach base in every inning but the sixth, and got out of a couple of jams because of poor running choices by the Dodgers.
Three double plays and a throwing error at first that turned into a throw out at third base helped unclog the bases for Kendrick.
It wasn’t enough to derail Clayton Kershaw or the Dodgers, though. The ace lefty took a perfect game into the fifth inning and didn’t allow a runner to make it past first base until the eighth. He also didn’t face a three-ball count until there was one out in the eighth, throwing 20 first-pitch strikes to the 26 hitters he faced to go with 11 0-2 counts.
In eight innings, Kershaw allowed three hits with a walk and had eight strikeouts.
The win pushed Kershaw to 12-7 with a 1.80 ERA. Kendrick fell to 10-10 with a 4.36 ERA.
B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless seventh inning before turning it over to Jake Diekman in the eighth. The lefty threw a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Luis Garcia finished the game with a rocky ninth, giving up a homer, a single, a walk and a hit batsman.
At the plate
Not only did Kershaw own the Phillies’ hitters, he also performed well at the plate. Kershaw’s double with one out in the fifth ended up being the first RBI of the game. Meanwhile, Juan Uribe went 3 for 3 and ripped a long three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to put the icing on the cake.
For the Phillies, Dom Brown singled to lead off the fifth and John Mayberry Jr. snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a single to lead off the sixth.
The Phillies’ most potent offensive attack came in the eighth when Casper Wells doubled with one out for his first hit as a Phillie. Mayberry followed with a walk before Kershaw retired Erik Kratz and Carlos Ruiz to get out of the inning.
The Phillies and Dodgers wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon when Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65) takes on Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62). Hamels took the loss on June 7 at Dodger Stadium when he allowed four runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. For his career, Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in six starts against the Dodgers.
Nolasco will face the Phillies for the fourth time this season, with the first three coming while he was a member of the Marlins. In 21 career games against the Phillies, Nolasco is 8-6 with a 3.78 ERA.