Howie Kendrick slides in safely for one of two runs he scored in the Dodgers’ 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)
The “bullpen game” Monday wasn’t pretty, unless you’re a numerologist. Yimi Garcia threw the first pitch just after 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The game was still in the seventh inning (tied 7-7, naturally) when the clock struck midnight on 7/7 on the East Coast. The Dodgers burned through seven pitchers (the Phillies used three).
The teams combined to throw 368 pitches, which required a total of 4 hours and 13 minutes. J.P. Howell threw six of those pitches and was the winning pitcher. Only three nine-inning games in Dodgers history since 1914 (and probably forever) have lasted longer.
You can read the game story here; the box score is here and the photo gallery is here.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run and Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run shot for the Dodgers. Howie Kendrick went 4 for 5 and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins drove in the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning to break that 7-7 tie, then scored the 10th run on his own. He spoke about this after the game (here and here).
Before the game, Chad Billingsley discussed his return to Dodger Stadium. Four Dodgers were named to the National League All-Star team, including Gonzalez and Grandal.
Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs on two errors and a wild pitch on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
MIAMI — The outfield at Marlins Park was an unforgiving place Saturday, and defense cost the Dodgers in a 3-2 loss. Clayton Kershaw didn’t get too hung up on an unfortunate factoid, that he’d never lost three straight games before in his career.
The box score is here.
The Giants’ win over the Rockies means the Dodgers are 1 game up in the National League West. The Dodgers have been in sole possession of first place 64 of the last 65 days.
CHICAGO — Justin Turner said he doesn’t consider himself a prototypical number-three hitter, but he did a prototypical number-three hitter thing in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs. The box score is here.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has his eye on starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches.
Here are a few interviews from after the game: