Early on, it certainly looked like Phillies starter Jonathan "Shep" Pettibone was going to be Behind the Wheel. Pettibone, notorious for a shaky first 25 pitches, allowed the first five Dodgers in the bottom of the first inning to reach base: Skip Schumaker walk; Yasiel Puig ground force out; Adrian Gonzalez single to right (Puig takes third); Matt Kemp RBI double; Andre Ethier two-RBI double. Dodgers 3, Phillies 0.
But the Phillies are scrappy, and this game wasn't going to be easy for Dodger starter Zack Greinke; it was in fact a Hard Day. Greinke yielded a solo shot to Domonic Brown in the top of the second, then let the Phillies come back and tie it in the fifth. Greinke then yielded another solo HR to Chase Utley in the seventh inning, Greinke's last (7.0 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 1 BB and 5 Ks). Phillies 4, Dodgers 3.
But for Dodgers fans with True Faith, the new-look gritty Dodger team wasn't going to go down quietly. Puig had a clutch two-out, bases-loaded single to left in the bottom of the seventh, scoring AJ Ellis and Uribe. And then in the eighth, Kemp added an insurance run by singling to left, stealing second and third during an AJ Ellis AB; Ellis sacrificed Kemp home. Dodgers 6, Phillies 4.
Kenley Jansen allowed a two-out single to Ben Revere, then fought Utley through a long AB for the final out and the save. Dodgers' streak extends to six in a row, and we remain six back of Arizona (who also won tonight). Keep on dancing, remix fans!