The Dodgers, who are 3-7 in their last ten games, came down from the mile high city of Denver to the near sea level of the city of brotherly love. Perhaps the extra oxygen will help their bats come to life again. The Dodgers and Phillies are tied with 232 runs scored. The Phillies have allowed 26 more runs scored than the Dodgers, 225 to 199.
The Phillies, while 6-4 in their last ten games, have a two game losing streak. They are 12-15 at home at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers have split their 24 road games.
Juan Rivera has been returned to the active roster while Scott Van Slyke was optioned to the Triple-A Isotopes following yesterday’s game.
Clayton Kershaw hopes to bounce back from two straight losses as he takes the mound tonight with a record of 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA. In his last outing, against the Brewers on Wednesday, Kershaw allowed a season-worst five runs on eight hits with four walks in just 5 2/3 innings. Right-hander Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07), who is returning from a stay on the disabled list, will be pitching for Philadelphia.
Shawn Tolleson was called up and will make his major league debut sometime during the series. Javy Guerra was placed on the 15-day DL with right knee inflammation and Matt Guerrier was transferred to the 60-day DL.