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August 23, 2008

Maddux’s Debut Spoiled, Dodgers Drop First Two to Phils

by @ 4:38 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

Greg Maddux was roughed up for seven runs in an 8-1 Dodger loss on Friday before Clayton Kershaw struggled on Saturday, with the Dodgers taking a 9-2 loss to put their chance at winning the series out of reach.

Andre Ethier hit a solo homerun in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Their lead lasted until the fourth, until the Phillies put up all 8 runs in four innings. James Loney had a three-hit night and pinch-hitter Sweeney accounted for the only other Dodger hit of the night.

Greg Maddux was back in a Dodger uniform, and looked great through 3 2/3 innings. He had a modest one-run lead to work with, but gave the Phillies a lead with two outs in the fourth on a 10-pitch walk followed by a two-run blast to Ryan Howard. He then gave up another in the fifth before surrendering a four runs in the sixth-including a three-run homerun which sent him to the clubhouse. Tanyon Sturtze threw the last out before Ramon Troncoso finished the game, giving up the Phils’ eighth run on a solo homer to Chase Utley.  

The Dodgers tried to bounce back from the loss by sending Kershaw, who is less than half Maddux’s age, to the mound on Saturday, but Kershaw was touched for six runs and the offense was again stuck in a slump.

The Dodgers were held to five hits, with the 1-2-3 hitters now going just 1 for 24 in the series. The only runs came off Russell Martin’s two-run homerun in the third to close the lead to one run, but the Phillies would widen that gap in the fifth inning.

Kershaw put the first two men on to lead off the first before surrendering a three-run homerun to Pat Burrell to give the Phillies a quick 3-0 cushion. Kershaw then gave up three more runs in the fifth before recording an out, all on two doubles to Burrell and Ryan Howard. Jason Johnson then came in and was tagged for three more runs to give the Phillies nine. Joe Beimel and Ramon Troncoso then worked a few shutout innings.

The Dodgers have now lost five of seven and look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday, sending Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face Joe Blanton.

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