Phillies pitcher somehow catches a comebacker in his jersey

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Despite having the highest ERA in the majors (6.57) among pitchers with at least 100 innings, Pivetta has somehow led the Phillies to wins in games against Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale, the sport's two best lefties. He had no issues in San Francisco, but then last night gave up his first ever grand slam to Philadelphia's Aaron Altherr.

It was the first grand slam allowed in Kershaw's career, and the one mistake was all it took for Kershaw (17-4) to get the loss, allowing all four runs to come on one pitch, scattering four hits with two walks (both in the 6 inning) with six strikeouts in six innings.

Five different players ties the franchise record set in 1979 and 2000, and the current team could break the record if Yasmani Grandal goes deep one more time before season's end as the catcher is now stuck on 19 long balls this season. Kershaw only let up those four runs off four total hits, but left after the sixth inning anyway. And it sure beats a 106 miles per hour baseball hitting a pitcher in the chest or head. Taylor's was an inside the park homer for his 20th of the season, with Turner following that up with his 21st of the season, as he hit one to left off starting pitcher Nick Pivetta. Off the top of his head, he remembered it well, even down to the pitcher he hit it off of (the Cubs' Matt Clement) and the fielder involved. Kershaw allowed four earned runs in six innings of work to take the loss. Justin Turner and Corey Seager each went 1-for-3 and have hit safely in eight of nine games for Los Angeles.

"The thing I like about him is he really thinks he's good, he really believes in himself", Mackanin said of Pivetta. "I definitely don't take it for granted".

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Galvis popped one of the Phillies' three jacks in a seven-run second inning.

"You can see him feeling for things", Roberts said.

While the Phillies did win the game 4-3, Kershaw's Dodgers remain in ideal position to win their division. "We had the lead, and I blew it, and we lost. It was a nice little boost because I haven't been doing the best lately". All three Dodger runs came on solo home runs. (Coincidentally, that 30-game stretch also includes allowing four inside-the-park home runs in the last 29 games).

"I thought about that right at the start of the inning", Mackanin admitted.

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