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More Runs…If You Puig

The Phils were hoping for a series split with the Dodgers today at Chavez Ravine. This week has proved frustrating for Philadelphia, with all three losses being very winnable. A combination of blown leads and runners left on base led to a loss last night and on Friday in Los Angeles.

Today Kyle Kendrick got the call for the Phillies in search for his eighth win of the season.  The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when second base umpire Dale Scott made two very questionable calls that ultimately cost the Phillies two runs.

Rookie Dodger phenom Yasiel Puig led off with a single, and would attempt to steal second. He slid in ahead of the tag of Jimmy Rollins; however, he slid past the bag and lost contact with it. Replays showed both his foot and hand came free of the bag and Rollins applied the tag again.

Scott called Puig safe, and the next batter was Hanley Ramirez. He laced a single to left field and Puig was in from second for the game’s first run. Ramirez then attempted to steal second, and once again came off the bag in the process. This was a tougher call for Scott, but replays showed that once Ramirez popped up from his slide, his foot came off the bad momentarily with Rollin’s glove in contact.

He should have been called out, but was not. Matt Kemp then singled to left field and Ramirez crossed the plate for a 2-0 L.A. lead. After advancing to third with two outs, Kemp would score on a single by catcher A.J. Ellis who won last night’s game for the Dodgers. The boys in blue led 3-0 and the Phillies would have no answer.

In the bottom of the fifth, Puig again reached base, this time on a one out triple. He scored again on a double this time from first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. That made it a 4-0 deficit for the Phillies, one from which they would not recover.

The Phillies went 1-6 with men in scoring position, leaving a total of THREE men on base. Simply put, you can’t score runs if no one reaches base (excluding home runs of course).  The Dodgers would add two more runs in the bottom of the eighth and the Phils would avoid being shutout for the eighth time this year by adding a run in the ninth. The final score was 6-1.

Despite a respectable start from Kendrick, his record fell to 7-5 and his earned run average is now 3.59. The bullpen failed to keep the deficit at four, as Philippe Aumont, Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus combined to allow two runs and four hits in two innings.

The Phillies finished this California swing 3-4. They’re off tomorrow before heading to Pittsburgh to face the league’s best team. The Pirates became the first team to win 50 games last night, and boast the best record in baseball. Couple that with the fact that the Phillies have never won a series at PNC Park, and the odds are this could be a rough Independence Day for the Fightin Phils.

Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com

Photo Courtesy of SportsIllustrated.CNN.com