Phils Drop Second Straight To Dodgers in 4-0 Loss

When the Phillies play, you can almost assume that one team or the other is going to be shutout or at least put up very little offense. For a while, it was the Phillies pitching that completely dominated, but now, opposing pitchers are making the Phillies look like the Mets at the plate. This time it was Odalis Perez that cooled off the Phillies bats and sent the Phillies to their second straight loss.

Odalis Perez (1-1) morphed into Curt Schilling – or was it the other way around – Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Perez struck out eleven in eight and two-thirds innings as the Dodgers made it two in a row against the Phillies Wednesday night with a 4-0 win at Dodgers Stadium. As further proof that Perez was actually Curt Schilling, the right-hander threw 132 pitches in recording the win. Again, it was another night off for the Phillies offense, although Pat Burrell did show some signs of life at the plate.

Burrell, who has been in an April swoon realized that the calendar was changing to May and broke out the real swing. Burrell went 2-for-4 and although they were both singles, they looked pretty good. Of course, just to remind us that April wasn't quite over, Burrell also struck out twice. Maybe Burrell's drop from fourth to sixth in the order had something to do with the slight progress. Actually, singles were the order of the night as they collected seven hits – all singles – and stranded eight runners on base.

Vicente Padilla (3-3) allowed four earned runs on five hits in six innings. All of the runs came on homeruns with Fred McGriff hitting his third of the season – a solo shot – in the second inning and Adrian Beltre hitting a three-run shot in the sixth for his fourth homerun of the year. Terry Adams and Turk Wendell pitched shutout ball over the final two innings.

The only real trouble that Perez had was in the eighth inning and he hoped to finish the game, but Dodgers manager Jim Tracy decided not to push things. When the game turned into a save situation, Tracy called on Eric Gagne, who recorded his eighth save of the season by retiring pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee to end the game. "That was just a fantastic performance by Odalis," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "We did everything we could to let him finish the game, but 132 pitches at this point of the season, I do not want to regret not having him in July and August. When you have a guy down there like Gagne ready to go, it is just the right move."

The Phillies and Dodgers wrap-up the four game series Thursday night in Los Angeles with Brandon Duckworth (1-1, 9.95) going against Hideo Nomo (3-3, 3.16).


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