Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his solo home run in the second inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 18, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Dodgers lost (crazy, right) 3-2 to the Phillies on Sunday, which is obviously going to happen over the course of the remaining 39 games of the season, but it is hard to swallow because they should still be playing (not while you read this, but while I sit here writing, fresh off the loss).
Basically, the game was close the whole way, with the Dodgers holding the biggest lead of the day, two runs, for just half an inning. Ricky Nolasco had a strong outing, lasting six innings, giving up five hits for two runs with one walk and five strikeouts.
Nolasco gave up a solo shot to Darin Ruff in the fourth, and did not allow more than one baserunner in any inning until the sixth inning. His sixth-inning troubles started with a phantom hit-by-pitch to Chase Utley, followed by a single from Dominic Brown. Darin Ruf was walked to load the bases.
Cody Asche grounded to second base, and beat out the throw on a double play to score Utley, tying the game at 2-2. Nolasco was pinch hit for in the seventh, ending his day with a no-decision.
The Dodgers scored two runs with Nolasco on the mound, starting in the second on a solo homerun from Andre Ethier, his ninth of the season. Ethier scored again in the fourth on Jerry Hairston's soft hit over the shortstop, Michael Martinez's, head.
That ended the Dodgers scoring as they were held to just two more hits in the final five innings of the game.
The bullpen was asked to convert three innings. Ronald Belisario threw a scoreless seventh, and Paco Rodriguez struck out two in a perfect eighth inning.
Paco returned in the ninth to get left-hander Asche, struck him out, and was replaced by Brandon League. Fans cried afoul at the Dodgers bringing in League who gave up three runs on Aug. 6, but has not given up a run in his other 10 most recent outings.
League induced a ground ball to shortstop to the first batter he faced, but Hanley Ramirez committed a throwing error to put Casper Wells on base. Carlos Ruiz then singled him over to third, so instead of a runner on first with two outs, League was put in a situation with runners on the corners and one out.
He induced another groundball by Michael Young, a perfect double-play ball, but Ramirez committed his second error of the inning by bobbling the ball before he could make the throw to second. His error allowed Casper Wells to score the walk-off run, giving Brandon League his fourth loss of the season, snapping the Dodgers ten-game winning streak and giving them their second loss in August, and ninth in 51 games.
The Dodgers have to pick up after this loss and head to Miami for a four-game series against the NL-worst Marlins.