Dodgers can’t put away Phillies, lose NL West lead

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Scott Kazmir pitched one of his best games of the season.The weakest link in the Dodgers’ lineup, Josh Reddick, collected a pair of hits.With a one-run lead and nine outs to go, the Dodgers’ vaunted bullpen took over. All the stars were aligned and yet the Dodgers still lost Wednesday afternoon, 6-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies. After the game, Roberts reiterated that he liked the matchups between the left-handed Dayton and the right-handed swinging Tyler Goeddel and Galvis, a switch-hitter.“Grant’s been throwing the heck out of the baseball,” Roberts said.But when catcher Yasmani Grandal set up high and outside, Dayton’s 2-2 pitch was inside and belt-high. Galvis crushed a 377-foot fly ball over the left field fence. After three scoreless and hitless outings to begin his career, Dayton finally had an ERA.Things only got worse from there for the Dodgers, who stranded one runner in the seventh, two in the eighth and two more in the ninth.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen told Roberts before the game that he wanted to get some work in. The manager obliged with the Dodgers trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning.Jansen promptly loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an intentional walk with first base open. Pinch hitter Ryan Howard then clubbed a double down the left field line, scoring all three runners. It was only the second time this season Roberts used Jansen in a game the Dodgers were losing. Jansen allowed a run the first time, too.“In that situation to get him work, and then also to keep (the Phillies) within one, I felt good about it,” Roberts said.Reddick went 2-for-5 in his first game as the Dodgers’ No. 2 hitter. His line drive to right field in the first inning landed a few feet shy of a home run. Reddick scored from second base when Adrian Gonzalez hit a ball off first base umpire Alan Porter, recorded as an RBI double.Reddick also ran into the final out of the sixth inning when he was caught in a rundown between third base and home plate. With Corey Seager on first base, Roberts called for a double steal, something Reddick hadn’t done much — if ever — while spending his entire career in the American League before last week.“It’s been a long time since I’ve had an attempt at one of those,” Reddick said. “It was kind of uncomfortable for me, but I’ve got to make an adjustment and be better at that. Once I see him throw the ball to second, I’ve got to go. It’s a matter of learning, adapting and adjusting to that kind of play. I’ll get my work in on it. I won’t make that mistake again.”Howie Kendrick scored the Dodgers’ other run, on an RBI single by Rob Segedin in the seventh inning.Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson had retired 13 consecutive batters when he was removed after five innings because of tightness in his back.“He kind of figured it out, changed it up, started going more off-speed, stuff like that,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said of Hellickson. “He kept us off-balance pretty much.”The Dodgers and the Giants, who finished off their first series win since the All-Star break Wednesday, could be teetering atop the division for a while.“You’ve just got to keep winning series and it’ll handle itself,” Seager said.The Dodgers took two of three from the rebuilding Phillies. They’ll enjoy an off-day Thursday before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games beginning Friday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Needing a win to keep pace with the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers fell a game behind in the National League West standings after spending less than 24 hours tied for first place.Freddy Galvis’ three-run home run off Grant Dayton in the seventh inning gave Philadelphia the lead for good.“It was a fastball I didn’t execute,” Dayton said. “He took advantage of it, put a good swing on it, and what am I going to say? He got me.”Kazmir (9-6) allowed two runs in suffering his third loss in as many starts, but that’s a bit deceiving. The Phillies advanced only one runner past second base for the first six innings. When Kazmir exited in the seventh, the Dodgers led 1-0.But the Phillies were threatening. Carlos Ruiz singled and Jimmy Paredes drew a walk on Kazmir’s 100th and final pitch. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts summoned Dayton to face the Phillies’ 7-8-9 hitters.last_img read more

Andorra – B&H 0: 3: Džeko hit a Hat-trick, three Assists of Lulić for three important Points

first_img(Source:klix.ba) Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team won against Andorra last night, with a score 3: 0.Edin Džeko scored all three goals, and Senad Lulić provided all three assists. Dragons finally got their UEFA EURO 2016 target completed after the fifth attempt.It will stay registered that the new coach, Mehmed Baždarević, debut victory on the bench of national team.Otherwise, the hosts started the game cautiously, but extremely aggressive. Dragons have been imposed, tended to score at an early stage of the match.The initiative paid off in the 13th minute when Dragons break through host’s defense. Lulić perfectly laid off a lofted ball to the captain, and Džeko crashed in a powerful low shot for the lead of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hosts goalkeeper Ferran Pol was powerless.There were no good opportunities in the next 10 minutes. After 24 minutes, Edin Višća has tried his own shot, but it was off the target. The hosts spent a game in a difficult defense.Dragons performed another action after 32 minutes. Višća and Mujdža combined, and Mujdža assisted for Ibišević who missed the goal. Score remained the same.In 61 minute, the match clock showed 0: 3. Again the main roles were played by Senad Lulić as an assistant and Edin Džeko as implementer. It should be noted that the defense of Andorra seemed insecure, and BH duo used it well.last_img read more