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A hanging curveball to Manny Machado, and Baltimore ace Chris Tillman halted the Dodgers home winning streak at ten in Tuesday night’s 4-1 loss. Kenta Maeda struggled most of the game and the offense was never able to get anything going against Tillman. Hey we knew they were going to lose one at home eventually right?
The loss also snapped a pair of streaks for both clubs. For the Dodgers their five game winning streak and for the Orioles their five game losing streak. Fortunately the Giants lost to the Rockies so the Dodgers did not lose any ground in the NL West standings. The boys in blue remain 5 games behind the Giants. Today Bud Norris will make his second start as a Dodger as they look to take the series over the Orioles in the rubber game.
Dodgers vs. Baltimore
Kevin Gausman-1-6 vs. Bud Norris-4-7
Game Time – 12:10 PM – TV-SNLA
Starting on the mound for the Orioles will be 25-year old right hander Kevin Gausman. Originally from Centennial, Colorado he was drafted by the Orioles in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft. This is Gausman’s fourth season with Baltimore. This season he’s made 14 starts and posted a 1-6 record with a 3.97 ERA. In 81.2 innings of work Gausman has struck out 76 and walked 18. He’s struck out 8.4 per nine and allowed 9.5 hits per nine while putting up a 4-1 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s had problems keeping the ball in the park as he’s allowed 14 home runs.
Gausman has a strong fastball and sharp off-speed offerings but has been somewhat of a disappointment with Baltimore for a first round pick. Gausman has never faced the Dodgers and has a 1-4 record with a 4.91 ERA in interleague starts. He has a 5.14 ERA away from Camden Yards.
The Dodgers acquired Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves and last week he made his Dodger debut in style. He tossed six innings of shutout ball against Colorado earning his first win in Dodger blue. Today he’ll look to get the Dodgers back in the win column as he faces his old club. Norris pitched for the Orioles from 2013-2015.
Norris has made only one career start against the Orioles. In that start he earned the loss by allowing three earned runs on nine hits across seven frames. He struck out seven in that start and walked one. Norris has not pitched well in interleague starts. He has a 4-10 mark with a 5.32 ERA in 22 interleague appearances.
Orioles vs. Norris
Major League baseball announced the all-star game pitching staff and reserves on Tuesday afternoon. The Dodgers had three players named to the 2016 all-star game. Those players are starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (obviously), shortstop Corey Seager, and closer Kenley Jansen. For Seager and Kenley this is their first all-star game selection. This is Kershaw’s sixth all-star game selection. Seager even commented about wanting to participate in the home run derby. So that should be fun. We want to wish them all congratulations!
In other news, the Dodgers have optioned Julio Urias back to triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled left handed reliever Luis Avilan. Urias got bombed the other night and it’s becoming quite apparent that the 19-year old youngster has a lot to work on. The Dodgers are probably going to shut him down soon anyways and I am assuming they figure they don’t need him right now with Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-jin Ryu back in the fold. Avilan should be optioned or DFA’d once Ryu is activated on Thursday night.
Not having any of your starting pitchers go past the fifth inning and using the bullpen for 4-5 innings every game is not a sustainable strategy going forward. That’s a very dumb way to burn up your pen by August. The Dodgers are going to need some innings from Norris today.
Today is a businessman’s midweek special start time of 12:10 PM. So as I’ve said before during these middle of the week day games that nobody can watch….skip work! Play hooky from school! Blow off your meetings and obligations! It’s Dodgers baseball in the afternoon!