The Dodgers entered the bottom of the 9th inning with a two-run lead, but Kenley Jansen and the Dodger defense couldn’t seal the deal as the Phillies scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Bryce Harper hit a walk-off two-run double to add to his big night where he went 2-3 with a homer and 5 RBI.
Jansen wasn’t sharp when he came out of the bullpen in the ninth inning last night. His cutter wasn’t cutting and he couldn’t locate it properly. But refused to throw anything else.
Jansen retired the leadoff man, Adam Haseley, but it came at a price. Haseley’s ground ball hit Jansen in the ankle and Jansen wasn’t the same after that. Jansen said after the game that his ankle was bothering him and is the reason he wasn’t sharp.
But the important thing what happened after that. The Phillies put runners on 1st and 3rd and Scott Kingery came to the plate. Kingery hit a little blooper that, to be honest, Max Muncy should have caught. But the ball dropped in for an RBI single.
Next in the lineup was Harper. As it turns out, he was the final batter of the game. With two men on and one out, Jansen still refused to throw anything but his cutter. And when Jansen threw a meatball, Harper made him pay.
This was a crushing way to lose a game where the Dodgers made a complete comeback after trailing 6-1 in the second. The comeback was capped in the top of the 9th when Matt Beaty hit a go-ahead 3-run homer off Phillies closer, Hector Neris.
But ultimately the Dodgers were unable to win the game.