Dodgers News: Tyler Anderson Was Mindful Of Need For Length In Phillies Start

The Los Angeles Dodgers nearly battled all the way back from a six-run deficit, but ultimately fell 9-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies swung early and often against Tyler Anderson, who allowed more than two earned runs for the first time this season. Bryce Harper began the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the first and Johan Camargo added a two-run blast the following inning.

“I think they were just super aggressive when I was trying to get ahead, and my pitches weren’t as fine early,” Anderson said after the game. “Really, the big ones were only on. Later in the game it was kind of just a product of being out there. Those weren’t hit as well. Just a lot of bad stuff happened.”

Despite his struggles, Anderson was kept in to provide some length. The left-hander gutted through a season-high six innings and was charged for seven of the Phillies’ runs.

“I just had a feeling no matter what happened, I was going to be out there for a while because we had a long road trip, a lot of our relievers were used,” Anderson said. “I just tried to throw as long as I could.”

Although he didn’t have his best stuff against the Phillies, Anderson found some comfort knowing the Dodgers lineup can erase just about any deficit. “Yeah, for sure,” he began.

“I think it was good for us to score some runs and feel a little better offensively. Toward the end of the night it obviously didn’t end the way we wanted to, but I think some guys had a lot of really good at-bats.”

Almonte impresses in Dodgers debut

Prior to first pitch the Dodgers called up Yency Almonte and optioned Ryan Pepiot to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Almonte entered for his Dodgers debut in the seventh inning and proceeded to retire all six batters faced on the night. Included in that was striking out the side in the eighth.

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