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Maikel Franco’s grand slam spoils Jimmy Rollins’ return to Philadelphia

first_imgThe Dodgers left two runners on base in the eighth inning, two more in the ninth, and 13 total. They finished 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. An RBI double by Carl Crawford in the eighth inning and an RBI single by Andre Ethier in the fifth drove in Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick, respectively, with the Dodgers’ only runs.The knock on Wood, much like the pitchers he replaced in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, was that he struggled to retire hitters the third time through the lineup. Opponents had a .321 batting average, .371 on-base percentage and .412 slugging percentage when facing Wood a third time prior to Tuesday.Overall, though, it wasn’t hard to see why the Dodgers liked him. He had a 3.09 ERA in 54 career starts over the last three seasons, ranking him among the best starters in the National League. Peralta had been warming up in the bullpen when the Phillies’ number-seven hitter, Freddy Galvis, grounded out to end the sixth inning in his third plate appearance. The top of the seventh inning seemed like a good juncture to replace Wood. Mattingly even admitted as much after the game.“(Wood) had 90-something pitches. I thought he was throwing the ball good, though,” Mattingly said. “A little bit like (Clayton Kershaw) the other day, he hadn’t thrown in a while. As the game got on, his off-speed got better and better.”Wood lost control, literally and figuratively, as the lineup turned over a third time. He allowed a leadoff single to Carlos Ruiz and intentionally walked Cesar Hernandez with one out in the seventh inning. With a 2-2 count on Odubel Herrera, Wood violently jerked the baseball toward the Earth’s mantle like he always does when gearing up to throw a pitch.Only this time the ball didn’t come back up with the rest of Wood’s left arm. It squirted out toward the first-base line as Ruiz sprinted around third base to score an apparent run.“I don’t really know what happened,” Wood said. “It just kind of came out of my hand at the end.”The umpire crew huddled for a couple of minutes to discuss what they’d just seen. Eventually a balk was called on Wood — a correct invocation of Rule 8.01(d) — and Hernandez and Ruiz were granted second and third base, respectively. Herrera promptly drew ball four, loading the bases. Mattingly then signaled for Peralta to face Franco, who was 0 for 3 to that point in the game.“We can argue if it is or if it isn’t (the right matchup), but for me just the way Joel pitched against these guys in Los Angeles and then again a younger club, fastball-hitting club, I really wanted to be able to go off-speed there, get the ball down, get (Franco) to roll one over,” Mattingly said.Rollins collected a ground-rule double and a single. The latter hit was the 2,387th of his career, moving him past Ryne Sandberg and into 123rd place on the all-time list.Sandberg was the manager during Rollins’ final two-and-a-quarter years in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA >> Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins took the first curtain call at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco took the last.Rollins, the game’s first batter, received 40 solid seconds of applause prior to his first plate appearance here since the end of his Phillies career. The franchise’s all-time hits leader briefly tipped his helmet to the announced crowd of 28,733.Rollins had a good game, collecting two hits in five at-bats. But the Dodgers failed to capitalize with him or practically anyone on base, while Franco’s grand slam in the seventh inning made the difference in a 6-2 Dodgers loss.Starting pitcher Alex Wood (7-7) took the loss in his first game since the Dodgers acquired him from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Wood threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed eight hits and walked two batters before handing the ball over to Joel Peralta in a 1-1 game. Three pitches later, Franco deposited a hanging curveball into the left field bleachers. It was the second home run Peralta has allowed in 22 games this season, and only the third grand slam he’s allowed in an 11-year career.“They’re a pretty good fastball-hitting club over there, and (Peralta) pitched pretty good against them at our place in L.A.,” Mattingly said. “Joel doesn’t really give in, he’s going to change speed, continue to make you swing at something on the edges.“I’m sure he didn’t want that breaking ball there.”Even before Franco’s home run, the Dodgers had already dug themselves into a hole. They squandered a bases-loaded, nobody-out advantage in the fourth inning. They had runners on second and third base with nobody out against Phillies starter Jerome Williams in the third and couldn’t score then, either.Rollins said that Wood “did everything he needed to do to get the win. We didn’t do anything behind him.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more