LOS ANGELES — Corey Knebel was teetering on the edge of catastrophe. Again.
Exactly one week after the Phillies’ bullpen let a six-run ninth-inning lead escape, a disaster in which Knebel played a main function, a comparable situation in some way repeated.
Only this time, at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series, the Phillies might breathe out. They dominated, 9-7 versus the Dodgers, however not up until after some traumatic minutes.
The Dodgers rallied to connect the Phillies, 7-7, with 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Philadelphia took a 9-7 lead in the top of the ninth with the help of a wild pitch and a Bryce Harper sacrifice fly, just to see the Dodgers load the bases versus Knebel without any outs in the bottom of the inning.
Knebel collected himself to get 3 flyouts – one to right, another to left and the last one to center. Just like they drew it up.