Dodgers Figure Out Wolf To Beat Phillies 6-2

The consecutive scoreless streak for Phillies pitchers ended at twenty as the Dodgers broke through against Phillies pitching to beat the Phillies 6-2 Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Randy Wolf (3-2), who has pitched some gems at Dodgers Stadium, was roughed up and the Phillies got to feel what it's like to be on the other end of a fine pitching effort as Kevin Brown dominated the Phillies lineup.

The Phillies had some chances against the Dodgers, but it just wasn't their night. A ground rule double that would have scored an early run if it didn't skip over the fence, an amazing catch by a utility outfielder on the warning track in left-centerfield and a questionable call on a ball dribbled down the thirdbase line all contributed to the Phillies loss to the Dodgers. The biggest factor though was Kevin Brown (2-1).

Brown struck out seven hitters in seven innings of work and kept the Phillies hitters guessing throughout the night. Mike Lieberthal guessed right in the seventh inning and took Brown deep for his second homerun of the season, but the damage was pretty well done by then. Back and elbow problems appear to be behind Brown and he kept the ball down well throughout the night before handing the game over to the Dodgers bullpen.

Wolf seemed to labor through six and two-thirds innings and was hit for six earned runs before making his exit. Paul LoDuca and Adrian Beltre hit solo homeruns off of Wolf, who had previously given up just one homerun this season. Carlos Silva and Rheal Cormier pitched the final inning and one-third for the Phillies.

The Phils managed an unearned run in the ninth, cutting the Dodgers lead to 6-2, but Troy Brohawn was able to work out of trouble to finish off the Phillies.

The loss puts the Phillies one-half game behind both Atlanta and Montreal who both won their respective games Tuesday night. The Phillies had moved into sole possession of first place in the NL East on Monday night by beating the Dodgers while the Braves and Expos were off. The series continues Wednesday night with Vicente Padilla (3-2, 2.31) going against Odalis Perez (0-1, 3.76).


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