Rich Hill and Nick Pivetta battled for the first 6 1/2 innings of Sunday’s game, but David Freese homered in the 7th and helped a 7-run rally in the 8th to lead the Dodgers to an 8-0 win over the Phillies.
Dodger bats absolutely exploded against the Phillies in the 8th inning. Alex Verdugo and Freese each had RBI singles, two runs scored on an error, and another run scored on a sacrifice fly. Then, Joc Pederson capped the inning with a two-run homer to left-center field.
An inning earlier, Freese gave the Dodgers the lead with a solo homer. Freese has become known for hitting homers the other way instead of trying to pull the ball. He did it again on Sunday when he hit a 2-2 offspeed pitch into the right-center field seats.
Although the final score was lopsided in the Dodgers’ favor, the first part of the game was an incredible pitcher’s duel. Hill threw 7 innings and allowed no runs on 3 hits while Pivetta threw 6 innings and allowed no runs on 3 hits. To make things even more interesting, both pitchers had 9 strikeouts.
“He was really good today,” Dave Roberts said about Hill. “And actually, I thought he was getting better as the game went on. The fastball continued to have that life that we like, and he was just on the attack all day. Kept those guys guessing, and just that feel of his breaking ball today and the fastball played really well.
The Dodgers have momentum as they head to Arizona for a battle with the Diamondbacks. The D-backs currently sit at 30-30, 11 games behind the Dodgers, half a game behind San Diego, and 2 games behind the Rockies.