Phillies-Dodgers preview

August 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will shoot for their fifth consecutive win and a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies in the series finale Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers received contributions from several players while outscoring the Phillies 18-7 in the initial two games, including home runs by Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner on Tuesday in a 9-3 rout.

"The team's starting to come together," said Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI. "Everybody's picking each other up, whether it's the bullpen one night, the hitters the next night. It's what you're looking for at the end."

Added Kendrick, "It's a good night for the team, just in general. We had a lot of guys come out and swing the bats well. It was just a fun night in general. A good night all around."


Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.72 ERA) will try to change the good vibes for the Dodgers when he opposes southpaw Scott Kazmir (9-5, 4.51 ERA) on Wednesday. Hellickson is 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA in his past five starts with 28 strikeouts and seven walks in 44 1/3 innings.

Hellickson beat the San Diego Padres in his last start on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and two walks in a 5-4 decision.

In three career starts against the Dodgers, Hellickson is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.

Hellickson hopes to slow a Los Angeles offense that has ripped the Phillies pitching in two straight contests, recording 13 hits Tuesday and 11 on Monday. The Dodgers also have seven homers in the series.

He will be contending with several hot Los Angeles hitters.

Yasmani Grandal homered in each of the first two games of the series. He has hit safely in nine games.

Adrian Gonzalez recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game Tuesday, smacking a couple of doubles and going 2-for-4. Gonzalez is batting .364 in his past 36 games.

Justin Turner hit a two-run home run and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-5 night. Turner is tied with Corey Seager for the club lead in home runs with 21.

Kazmir has lost his last two outings after posting an unbeaten run in 13 consecutive starts, winning seven straight. In his last start, Kazmir allowed four runs on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings during a 9-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

The last time Kazmir pitched against the Phillies was Sept. 21, 2014, as a member of the Oakland A's. Kazmir fanned nine and walked one, but he gave up six runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision. He is 1-1 with 7.04 ERA in three career starts against Philadelphia.

Kazmir will try to slow Freddy Galvis, who registered his 24th multi-hit game of the season -- and second in three games -- by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two stolen bases Tuesday. Galvis homered for the 10th time this season, the first time in five seasons he has reached double digits.

Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has reached base 17 games in a row, though he extended his streak Tuesday with only a walk while going 0-for-4.