The Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is 2 ½ games over the San Francisco Giants, who play the Cubs on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies scored five runs in the first inning Thursday against Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, the most runs Greinke has allowed in an inning — or a game — this season.
The Dodgers came back and held a 6-5 lead in the third inning when Greinke did this:
— MLB (@MLB) August 6, 2015
The fifth home run of Greinke’s career traveled an estimated 395 feet. It was his first home run since Sept. 13, 2014 in San Francisco.
According to the website BaseballSavant.com, which tracks exit velocity data, Greinke’s 106 mph home run is the hardest-hit home run among the 11 this season hit by pitchers.
PHILADELPHIA — This city loves Jimmy Rollins. There were several anecdotes from today I could hold up as evidence: the two dozen reporters gathered by his locker from the time he arrived at the ballpark; the hundreds who lined up around the dugout for autographs; the thousands who cheered when Rollins ran out to the field to take ground balls during batting practice. This newspaper page or this standing ovation before the game’s first at-bat:
PHILADELPHIA — The Dodgers activated A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Ellis hasn’t played since July 19 because of pain in his right knee. Austin Barnes, roundly hugged in the Dodgers’ clubhouse after Sunday’s win over the Angels, was predictably optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Barnes appeared in four games in his latest major league stint. He had three hits in 12 plate appearances.