Happy days Dodger fans! So why are we in such a great mood today? Once again the birds are singing, the sun is shining. The clouds are fluffier. The air is crisper. The Dodgers continue to surge as the Giants continue to sink. The boys in blue defeated the Giants 1-0 on Wednesday night to take the series and move three games up on San Francisco in the NL West. New Dodger Rich Hill (blisters and all) out-dueled Johnny Cueto by tossing six shutout innings. Justin Turner’s fourth inning home run (his 24th of the season) was the difference in the game.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Giants-TBA
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-SNLA
(Update)- We are still shocked and numb over the trade of A.J. Ellis to the Phillies for veteran backstop Carlos Ruiz minor leaguer Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. Check out James’ take on the deal.
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The Dodger bullpen took things the rest of the way. The only scary moment came in the top of the eighth when the Giants put runners at the corners with one out. However Joe Blanton got Buster Posey to strike out and then lucked out when Brandon Crawford’s long drive to right field was caught at the wall. The Dodgers escaped with the win and now look for the series sweep tonight as left hander Matt Moore will take on rookie Ross Stripling in the series finale.
It’s important that the Giants continue to lose once they leave town. The Dodgers have to play the Cubs and winning the NL West is not good enough. We have to make sure that the Giants are completely denied from making the postseason. So we’ll need help from the Cardinals and the Marlins for that to happen.
The Giants traded Matt Duffy to Tampa Bay for Matt Moore. It seemed like a strategic move. The Dodgers have a tough time against left handers and Moore shutout the Dodgers back on July 27th when he was still with Tampa Bay. Moore has not pitched well with the Giants. He’s made 4 starts with San Francisco and is 0-3 with a 4.70 ERA. He’s struck out 22 and walked 17 over 23 innings pitched. Overall he is 7-10 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.3 WHIP. In 2 career starts against the Dodgers he is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA.
Moore vs. Dodgers
Ross Stripling nearly no-hit the Giants back on April 8 when he tossed 7.1 innings of no-hit ball and struck out 4 and walked 4 in a Dodger loss. He hasn’t faced the Giants since then and has been up and down between the big club and triple-A Oklahoma City.
Stripling has been serviceable. He is 3-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts. He’s struck out 53 and walked 22 while allowing 8.3 hits per nine over 71.1 innings pitched. This is his sixteenth appearance and he has struck out 6.7 per nine innings. He seems to have problems the second time through the order. He has allowed a 7.11 ERA through innings 4-6. Oddly the only Giant to have gotten a hit off of him is Matt Moore.
Stripling vs. Giants
Adrian Gonzalez has a 17-game hitting streak which is two shy of the NL high this season of 19 games. Corey Seager had a 19-game hitting streak earlier in the season. The Dodgers are now 71-55 a season high 16 games over .500. They have an excellent 40-24 record at home and have now won 4 consecutive games. You see what happens when I complain? Don’t knock the process.
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