The question now becomes who will replace Eflin in the rotation? With Eflin injured and Aaron Nola potentially out for the rest of the season, the Phillies' starting rotation is becoming thinner and thinner. The best option in the minors is probably Adam Morgan, who has struggled at the big league level this year and was demoted to AAA Lehigh Valley in July.
As for the rest of the game yesterday, the Phillies got knocked to the mat in the first inning and never really got back up. Eflin allowed five runs in the first, including a Corey Seager homer and a Joc Pederson two-run double. Chase Utley's first game against the Phillies went well for him as he homered in the second. The Phillies showed some life by scoring three runs in the third inning, including two off an error from Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, but that's as close as they would get. The Dodgers proceeded to tack on three runs after that inning, and the Phillies only managed one more run on a Tommy Joseph solo homer in the eighth inning.
The Phillies will start Vince Velasquez (8-3, 3.33 ERA) tonight against the Dodgers' Kento Maeda (10-7, 3.22 ERA) in a battle of the rookies. Let's hope Utley doesn't break my heart by hurting the Phillies for a second consecutive night.
PS: The bright side of the Eflin injury: the puns!