Instant Replay: Dodgers 6, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Dodgers 6, Phillies 0

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LOS ANGELES – The Phillies fell to a season-worst 30 games under .500 and were shut out for the second game in a row -- on two hits -- in a 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Zack Greinke pitched eight scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He lowered his majors-best ERA to 1.39. He has pitched 35 2/3 scoreless innings over his last five starts.

The Phillies were shut out by Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night. It gets no easier in San Francisco on Friday night as the Phils face Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

The Phils (29-59) have been shut out 10 times this season.

Starting pitching report
Rookie right-hander Severino Gonzalez gave up a pair of big hits that resulted in four runs in his 5 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez did not allow a run for the first three innings and got the first two outs in the fourth. He then hurt himself with a four-pitch walk to Yasmani Grandal and a hit batsman on an 0-2 pitch. That set up Yasiel Puig for a two-run double.

Gonzalez allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth and a two-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is now 3-3 with a 7.92 ERA.

Greinke (8-2) threw just 94 pitches, but did not finish the game. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight.

Kershaw walked none and struck out 13 on Wednesday night.

Bullpen report
Hector Neris allowed a two-run homer to Puig in the eighth.

Joel Peralta pitched the ninth for the Dodgers, finishing off the shutout. He allowed a single.

At the plate
Ryan Howard had the Phillies’ first hit, a single to left in the second inning. Ben Revere had the second hit with two outs in the ninth.

Puig took extra batting practice with Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire long before the game and it paid off with a two-run double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth.

Adrian Gonzalez has 17 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Up next
The Phillies open a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday night – LHP Cole Hamels (5-6, 3.02) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (8-5, 3.34)

Saturday night – RHP David Buchanan (0-5, 8.76) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (6-6, 4.10)

Sunday afternoon – RHP Chad Billingsley (1-2, 6.67) vs. RHP Chris Heston (8-5, 3.51).

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
 
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
 
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
 
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
 
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
 
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.

The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.

Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.

Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers. 

Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.