The Braves opened a game with six consecutive hits for the first time in 22 years and Kurt Suzuki extended his unexpected power barrage during Friday night’s 7-2 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park.
Rhys Hoskins delivered the Phillies’ biggest hit, Nick Williams launched his 11th homer of the season and J.P. Crawford showed a keen eye at the plate and a smooth glove at third base.
The Dodgers finally cut their magic number to one to clinch a fifth consecutive National League West title with a 5-4 comeback win over the Phillies on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, snapping a four-game losing streak and setting up a likely celebration during a homestand that opens on Friday night.
In a continuing audition for a postseason bullpen role, Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda will start Thursday’s series finale against the Phillies, with the Dodgers’ magic number sitting at 2 for clinching their fifth straight National League West title. Mark Leiter gets the call for the Phillies.
The Dodgers’ vexing division clinching was deferred until Friday at the earliest with another bullpen loss to the last-place Phillies on Wednesday night, 7-5, extending the latest losing streak to four while the Nationals pulled to within 3 1/2 games of Los Angeles for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
The magic number for a fifth consecutive National League West title fell to two for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, despite Rhys Hoskins’ three-run double and four RBIs that rallied the Phillies to a 6-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.
With a magic number of two, the Dodgers can clinch the division with a win over the Phillies and a D-backs loss to the Padres on Wednesday.
Phillies closer Hector Neris has a filthy baseball cap. He knows this, but Neris said before Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers that he has no plans to clean the old one or use a new one.
Aaron Altherr launched the first grand slam Clayton Kershaw has allowed with two outs in the sixth inning Monday night as the Phillies stunned the Dodgers with a 4-3 comeback win at Citizens Bank Park.
With the Dodgers looking to take a step closer to clinching the NL West, Yu Darvish gets the nod Tuesday against Aaron Nola, who is coming off a career-high 11 K’s, and the Phillies.
Phillies left fielder Aaron Altherr tried to treat Monday night’s game against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw like any other. His efforts proved futile.