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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, July 16, 2019
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 31,076

Dodgers look to keep momentum going vs. Phillies

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Dodgers swept the Phillies in three games when these teams met earlier this season. Los Angeles out-homered Philadelphia, 8-2, in that series -- the Dodgers are 32-7 this season when out-homering their opponent.
  2. The Dodgers are averaging 1.60 home runs per game this season, second highest in NL history behind the 2019 Brewers (1.67 HR/game). The Phillies are allowing 1.68 home runs per nine innings this season, highest in NL history and third highest in MLB history.
  3. Maikel Franco hit a walk-off home run to beat the Nationals last night, the 100th of his career. The only other Phillie all-time to a hit a walk-off for his 100th career home run was Gavvy Cravath in 1918.
  4. Max Muncy has hit 58 home runs since the start of 2018, third most among lefties over that time (Christian Yelich -- 68, Joey Gallo -- 61). Muncy's 58 home runs are the third most all-time by a Dodger in his first two seasons with the team, trailing only Shawn Green (73) and Cody Bellinger (64).
  5. Bryce Harper is 3-for-24 (.125) with one home run and 14 strikeouts in his career against Clayton Kershaw. Harper's 14 strikeouts against Kershaw are tied for his most against any pitcher (Zack Wheeler).
  6. Zach Eflin has allowed 10 home runs in 16.2 innings across four career starts against the Dodgers. No other pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) had allowed more than seven home runs against the Dodgers in their first four career starts against the team.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/15/2019 thru 7/18/2019

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory when they visit the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

The Dodgers opened a four-game series on the road with a resounding 16-2 victory on Monday. Cody Bellinger started 0 for 2 and finished with four hits, including two home runs. Bellinger passed Milwaukee's Christian Yelich for the major league lead with 33 homers. Bellinger now has 75 RBIs this season.

Max Muncy and Alex Verdugo each homered as well for the Dodgers, who tied their season high with 19 hits.

The Dodgers will attempt to clinch this series win when they hand the ball to All-Star Walker Buehler. It will be Buehler's first start since July 3, though he appeared in the All-Star game.

Buehler is 8-1 with a 3.46 ERA. In Buehler's last start, he gave up three runs in seven innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Buehler has said that altering his game day routine by meeting closely with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt has led to a successful season.

"Obviously, doing your own stuff and knowing it in your head gets you a little bit more convicted," Buehler told reporters. "And it's never a bad thing."

Buehler is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA at Citizens Bank Park.

But the Dodgers will enter this game with plenty of confidence and a 4-0 record against the Phillies. In Monday's win, all eight position players had at least one hit.

"In this game, you got to evolve," Buehler told reporters. "I think where the next step for me is taking more ownership of what I do out there."

The Phillies won Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals when Maikel Franco hit a walk-off home run.

But the momentum clearly didn't carry over as the Phillies allowed at least 12 runs in a game for the fifth time this season.

When asked after the game if the loss was embarrassing, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler responded tersely, "It's certainly not encouraging."

The Phillies were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and were forced to use outfielder Roman Quinn to pitch 1 1/3 innings to finish the game.

If the Phillies hope to bounce back, it will be up to Vince Velasquez to pitch deep into Tuesday's game. Velasquez is 2-5 with a 4.63 ERA, and his outings have been inconsistent all season.

Velasquez is 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA in his last four starts, a total of 16 2/3 innings. He is 1-3 in seven games (three starts) against the Dodgers with a 7.91 ERA.

On July 5, Velasquez gave up six hits and two runs in five innings on the road against the New York Mets.

"It just comes down to execution," Velasquez told reporters. "If you execute a solid pitch, chances are guys are going to pop up, swing and miss or foul it off. That's what you want. It doesn't need to be a 97-mile-per-hour fastball. That's a bonus."

Kapler did seem encouraged after Velasquez's last start.

"Overall, I felt he executed the game plan well and he gave us a chance to win the game," Kapler said.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 16, 2019

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