Coming into tonight, the Dodgers had dropped five games in a row, and were on the brink of dropping out of first place in the NL West.
Yasiel Puig did not play, which wasn’t a bad move, considering Puig’s horrible at bats over the past few games. Adrian Gonzalez gets the benefit of the doubt, and he will continue playing through his slump, but it’s as glaring as any on the team, and perhaps affects the Dodgers’ fortunes more than any other slumping player.
The first two innings were uneventful. Ross Stripling on the mound for the Blue.
After striking out the pitcher, Stripling gave up three consecutive doubles on three consecutive pitches to the top of the Padres order. 2-0
Ross Stripling walked, and Chase Utley smacked a home run (237) into the land of all-you-can-eat hot dogs and nachos. 2-2
4th inning Dodgers 2, Padres 2
Carl Crawford legged out a triple after hitting the first pitch he saw into the right field corner.
He lit up the crowd, but Stripling struck out to put out the lights.
5th inning Tie score 2-2
Stripling seemed to be settled in. He struck out the first two batters and then with two outs and two strikes, he got squeezed by the HP umpire. After missing two borderline pitches that were called balls, Stripling couldn’t find the strike zone.
He ended up walking the next two batters. A two-out double scored those two runners. Then another hit scored another run.
Suddenly, a close game and a settled-in Stripling became a three-run inning and Stripling was on his way to settle in under a shower.
The rest of the night featured the Dodgers spinning their wheels, but at least the fans got chia pets!
Ross Stripling went 4 2/3 innings with 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 6 K’s. ERA 4.33
Home run: Chase Utley
Triple: Carl Crawford
Team hitting with RISP: 0 for 3. Only three runners in scoring position all night.