Dodgers’ misfortune ends in 12-10 loss to Phillies in 10 innings

Friday the 13th wasn’t a good day for the Dodgers.

The misfortune began when the team put Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injured list in the morning and ended near midnight with a 12-10, 10-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium, their third straight field loss.

Justin Turner hits a tying two-run homer with one out in the 9th, but the Phillies score a three-run run on Brusdar Graterol , and escaped a full-base no-out jam in the 10th inning to start a four-game series with two big wins.

Walker Buehler’s starting time improved from Saturday, replacing Kershaw after four days off, recording his worst performance of the season before the bullpen took a one-point lead.

Buehler gave up a season-high five runs on nine hits and had just three strikeouts in five innings. He surrendered a two-run homer to Kyle Schwaber and a two-run hit to No. 9 Phillies batter Bryson Stott, who entered the night with a .111 batting average.

The Dodgers’ offense went 6-5 with a 5-point third inning and another in the fourth, offsetting the perverse outing. Chris Taylor home run. Mookie Betts and Justin Turner each won the doubles. Max Muncy and Austin Barnes provide RBI singles. They chased Kyle Gibson after 3 2/3 innings.

Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior (left) visited starting pitcher Walker Beeler on the mound in the fourth inning on Friday.

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But Alex Vecia and Evan Phillips then went on a three-pointer in the sixth inning and the Dodgers (20-11) never took the lead. Bryce Harper added a solo homer in the eighth inning after hitting two doubles (16-17) in the Phillies’ first four games.

Harper’s success prompted the Dodgers to deliberately take him to third base in the 10th inning, with a runner out. Nick Castellanos then put a ball into a go-ahead two-point double on the left field line. Moments later, Castellanos broke third base, forcing Barnes to throw to left field after the bell to score the final base of a long night.

The Dodgers’ three-game losing streak is the longest of their young season. It’s a small bump in a long road. The bigger loss is Kershaw.

Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy reacted after a sixth-inning strikeout Friday.

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Dodgers relief pitcher Phil Bickford pitched in the eighth inning Friday.

Dodgers relief pitcher Phil Bickford pitched in the eighth inning Friday.

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The veteran left-hander is on the injured list with inflammation of the right sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joints are located where the hip, spine and pelvis join. Inflammation can cause low back pain. Southpaw Garrett Clevinger was recalled to replace Kershaw.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw began feeling sick on Wednesday night on the team’s flight from Pittsburgh. On Thursday, he received an epidural to relieve pain. The MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage, Kershaw said, but the discomfort persisted enough for the Dodgers to decide to shelve him, even as they worked hard with an already understaffed pitcher.

“I’m not feeling well right now,” Kershaw said. “It hurts a bit now. But I have confidence that when my [injured list] The time is up and I should be ready to go – if not ready to go. “

Kershaw has a long history of hip and back problems. In 2012, he missed the start due to right hip pain and nearly required offseason surgery. Four years later, he missed two months with a herniated disc. He also missed 2017, 2018 and 2020 with a back injury. Kershaw confirmed Friday that he had previously dealt with his current issues.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the dugout.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the dugout.

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“Clayton’s body did respond to epidurals in the past,” Roberts said. “So I think for all of us we hope we can get through this and look forward to starting everything when he comes back.”

Kershaw’s absence is an inopportune time for Los Angeles. The Dodgers played 31 games in 30 days, including Tuesday’s double. Roberts said the club intends to use a six-man rotation for the time being to deal with the schedule. The program has been discontinued. Just figuring out how to get through next week now.

The first step is to move Buehler to Friday and Julio Urías to Sunday to Saturday. After that there is a problem. Tony Gonsolin will start Sunday or Monday. Michael Grove or Andre Jackson, both minor league players, will start another game.

Grove, a second-round pick in 2018, never pitched more than double-A. Jackson had a 6.14 ERA in five starts for Oklahoma City after three major league appearances last season.

As for Tuesday’s double against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tyler Anderson will start one game and Ryan Pepiot will likely start the other. Pepiot played three innings in Pittsburgh’s major league debut Wednesday before being drafted.

Jackson, Grove and Pepiot are the only healthy starting pitchers on the 40-man roster, but not on the team.

Andrew Heaney has been on the injured list for nearly a month with a shoulder injury and only recently returned to throwing. His return is not imminent. Mitch White is still building up after testing positive for COVID-19. David Price is expected to return from a COVID-19 absence next week, but Roberts said Price will remain an inning backup when he returns.

Then Kershaw. Friday’s move interrupted the 34-year-old’s strong 15th season after deciding to return to the Dodgers on a one-year deal. In five games, the future Hall of Famer has a 1.80 ERA with 32 strikeouts and two walks. In his season debut against the Minnesota Twins, he pitched seven perfect innings in 80 games, sparking a national debate about Roberts’ decision to knock him out of history by six.

Dodgers-designated hitter Justin Turner hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday to tie the game.

Dodgers-designated hitter Justin Turner hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday to tie the game.

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Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor scored a third-rounder with a single from Austin Barnes in Friday's fourth inning.

Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor scored a third-rounder with a single from Austin Barnes in Friday’s fourth inning.

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Roberts said he was protecting Kershaw from an injury that nearly required Tommy John surgery in a few months. Kershaw approved the decision. Regardless, the hustle and bustle continues. On Friday, the team again opted to take a cautious approach to him.

“He’s back here to give us a chance to win this year’s World Series,” Roberts said. “He knows when to push and when not to push. And now is not that time. So, take a step back and listen to your body, that’s a prudent way to deal with it.”

The Dodgers are capable of taking a long-term approach. The National League West appears to be filled with games from the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, who play like legitimate contenders, but are confident heading into October for the 10th year in a row. That bad Friday, May 13th, if they did, they would have forgotten by then.

Staff writer Jack Harris contributed to this report.


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