Game 120, 2016

Dodgers at Phillies, 4:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-P

The Dodgers go for a series sweep with rookie RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.07 ERA). He’ll face RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.82 ERA), who’s like Dodgers’ pitchers in that he gets in trouble in the sixth inning when the opposing batters get their third look at him. His ERA for that inning this year is 12.71. Stripling has, this season, shown himself to be better in a long relief role; he’s made three long-relief appearances in July, posting a 1.54 ERA over 11 2/3 innings. Over his 10 starts this season, Stripling has a 4.61 ERA.

A.J. Ellis writes a column for ESPN about Vin Scully.

Pitching notes from Jon Weisman. Highlights/lowlights: Kershaw may throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and Ryu is not expected to pitch again this season.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m on board with Stripling in the rotation. Of all the rookie starters (including Urías), he’s looked the best prepared, and most poised.

  • scooplew

    Can’t figure out why Roberts keeps batting Reddick cleanup. Wouldn’t Pederson or Gonzalez be a better choice?

    • WBBsAs

      Reddick has also batted second. He’s been hitting the ball well, but they’ve not been falling in.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, True Blue says that despite maintaining a line drive rate of 27%, his babip has dipped to .205 down from .297 with the A’s, so bad luck involved. Jon also posted on this.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! With Justin Turner cleaning things up maybe Doc thinks that he needs an additional lead off guy.

  • scooplew

    Utley 2B
    Seager SS
    Turner 3B
    Reddick RF — .170/.228/.189/.417 — no homers, no RBIs in 13 games
    Gonzalez 1B
    Grandal C
    Pederson CF
    Kendrick LF
    Stripling P

  • WinnipegDave

    If the Dodgers and Phillies have any love of (almost) mathematical progression then it would be great if the final scores in the series went from 15-5 to 7-2 to 3-1.

  • More notes above.

  • WBBsAs

    That’s an auspicious start.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin Turner in overdrive.

    • WBBsAs

      Another moonshot.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well – I did ask for the score to be 3-1 Dodgers tonight.

    • WBBsAs

      But for an uncharacteristic misplay by Chutley, it would be 3-0.

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      Reddick is luckier to be on the Dodgers than on the A’s. So there is that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandalicious!

  • WinnipegDave

    Could we play the Phillies again tomorrow? And for the rest of the year?

    • Bob_Hendley

      I was actually going to Cincinnati to see them play tomorrow! (But something came up).

      • WinnipegDave

        Well, sorry that you won’t see them play. You would have enjoyed that.

    • WinnipegDave

      I take it all back. The Phillies are bouncing back this inning.

  • WBBsAs

    It looks as if the Dodgers may have to score some more runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully they don’t have too.
      But hopefully they do it anyway.

  • Bob_Hendley

    OK Josh, hit it hard.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, he hit it high.

  • HLKLA

    Once Seager got to second, it looks like they did not want to throw a good pitch to Turner.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What’s with the ump?

    • WinnipegDave

      At least 2 probably 3 of those pitches could have been called strikes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes. Got him!

  • WBBsAs

    AGon didn’t lift it quite enough. Time for some insurance.

  • WinnipegDave

    Borderline calls going against the Dodgers and for the Phillies the last few innings.

    • WBBsAs

      Some not so borderline.

      • RBI

        For them, or against us?

        • WBBsAs

          For the Fillies. Some obvious strikes called balls.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dayton doing well in his appearances, but guess that he will be sent down for Libby.

    • WBBsAs

      I’m not so sure but, even if so, he’ll be back in September.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Doc staying with him!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Surprising move for me.

          • WBBsAs

            Sadly, it turned out to be the wrong one.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Does suggest that they were thinking bigger things for him, as you noted.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good series for Howard. Several home runs and some fine defensive play.

    • WBBsAs

      In what’s probably his final season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Drat!

  • WBBsAs

    Reddick hits another bullet for an out.

    • RBI

      He must be so frustrated..

  • RBI

    Can we do it with four outs left?

  • WinnipegDave

    That error by Utley looms large. It cost only one run, but that might be all it takes.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was played poorly by Turner and very poorly by Seager. Looked like he was just jogging after that ball.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ok after another look, it was smashed to Tuner. Tough play.

    • WBBsAs

      Bourjos is extremely fast.

      • WinnipegDave

        Which is why Seager should have chased after it more quickly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Things not working for the Dodgers tonight – except for the HR’s.

  • WinnipegDave

    The team that opened the scoring has lost each game of the series.

  • HLKLA

    I am a Mets fan for tonight!

    • WBBsAs

      DeGrom allows a leadoff double, but then K’s Pagán and Belt, then Busted Poseur grounds out.

      I expect Mets are likelier to score off BadGums than Gnats are to score off DeGrom.

      That said, Mets have a pretty unimpressive lineup.

      • RBI

        Have you been watching this one?

        • WBBsAs

          No, I am blacked out of Gnatgames. Just read from Gameday.

  • WinnipegDave

    So to recap. What started out as a typical Dodger win turned into a Giants type loss.
    Of course, any loss is a Giant type of loss.

  • RBI

    Wild game up north. 8-7 Gnats, top of the 8th. 28 hits, so far.

  • WBBsAs

    Even the eastern establishment acknowledges https://twitter.com/TylerKepner/status/766702727858642945

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