|Kyle Gibson allowed six points, three earned, in loss. | PHOTO: Ken Gillys|
The Dodgers pounced on the Phillies on Wednesday night, highlighting a rift between the two division chiefs. To complicate matters, the Phils may have lost JT Realmuto in the foreseeable future to a possible concussion after taking a pair of fake balls straight from his mask.
Yeah, it wasn’t a fun night in a damp and soggy Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies fell, 8-2.
Winners of eight straight games in this series, the Phillies have now lost back-to-back games and are tied with the Braves for first place in the NL East. The Mets are only one game behind.
The Phillies were led by a run going into the seventh, but two defensive errors – an Alec Bohm error and a ball passed by Andrew Knapp – got two runs across the plate.
“Defense is really important,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I still believe you win this game with pitching and defense and when you give extra strikeouts to a team like the Dodgers you’re asking for a lot of trouble.”
The Phillies’ offense, which entered the series on a roll, almost came to a halt. The club have only collected one hit in the last two games and have struck out 24 strikes.
Kyle Gibson was supposed to start for the Phillies, but with rain in the forecast, Girardi decided to start Connor Brogdon. He knew the rain was coming and didn’t want to lose Gibson to a weather delay as he lost Aaron Nola on Tuesday.
The plan worked as rain came in during the third round, causing a delay of almost an hour.
“If it hadn’t been raining it would have been a bigger problem because I probably would have been the third or fourth and I couldn’t have played the long throw that I normally throw and stuff like that.” said Gibson. “But because of the delay in the rain, I was able to get an extra stretch and a normal throw and I really considered it a start time. It just happened to be the third round.
Gibson gave up six runs, but only three were earned, in 4 1/3 innings.
The Phillies will look to Ranger Suarez in the final on Thursday afternoon. The Dodgers have yet to announce a start.
As for Realmuto, the Phillies will have to wait and see.
“It’s day to day, questionable,” manager Joe Girardi said after the game. “We’ll have to see how he’s doing tomorrow, wait and see. He’s been tested and we’ll wait for the MLB results tomorrow.”