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Pivetta struggles before rain, bullpen struggles after, offense struggles all night in loss to Dodgers

Almost non-existent hitting, back-breaking home runs by the opposition, and the obligatory bullpen meltdown cost the Philadelphia Phillies (49-47) a 7-2 setback to the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers (64-34) on Wednesday night (into early Thursday morning) at a rain-soaked Citizens Bank Park.

Actually, once the Phillies displayed their lineup hours before the first pitch, the likelihood of being able to follow the previous night’s breathtaking walk-off win appeared bleak at best.

When your fifth-through-eighth batters “slug” a composite .196 batting average (46 for 235) with six home runs and 17 RBIs, and your starting pitcher (Nick Pivetta) possesses truly poor numbers (5.