The first place Dodgers were looking to extend their lead over the Giants by completing a sweep in Philadelphia. They liked their chances with Ross Stripling headed to the mound. Here’s how it turned out.
After singles by Chase Utley and ROY candidate Corey Seager, the other ROY (Redhead of the Year) went deep with a home run. Justin Turner cleared the bases and gave the Dodgers a 3-run lead.
1,2,3 inning for Stripling.
2nd inning 3-0
After a single and a muffed double play ball by Chase Utley, the Phils got another single to score one. 3-1
4th inning 3-1
Yasmani Grandal absolutely launched one into the empty blue outfield seats for his 20th home run of the year. 4-1
Ryan Howard got one back in a hurry with a towering blast into those same blue seats. 4-2
More base hits and a double brought in another run. 4-3
5th inning 4-3
Clean up batter Reddick made the third out with two runners on.
For the second inning in a row, Stripling was in trouble. This time it was bases loaded with two out. He got a fastball strike out to end the threat.
7th inning 4-3
Dayton still in. He gave up.a base hit and then a home run to give the lead to the Phils. 4-5
That was the last we heard from the Dodgers. They went quietly over the final two innings.
Dodgers lose 4-5
That was a tough loss, so let’s end the recap tonight with nothin’ but positive notes:
They didn’t sweep, but the Dodgers won the series. That’s the second best outcome.
The Dodgers now have three players with 20 or more home runs. Yasmani Grandal (20), Corey Seager (21), Justin Turner (23).
Joc Pederson has 18 homers, so that leaves the Dodgers poised to have four players with 20 home runs. Adrian Gonzalez is sitting on 12; with a little luck, they could make it five players with 20 dingers.
Tonight was the third multiple home run game in a row (Turner, Grandal).
Gonzo has an 11-game hitting streak.
Ross Stripling went 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 HR, 2 walks, 5 Ks. ERA 4.04
Team with RISP: Told you, all the notes would be positive tonight. (In case you’re curious, they were 1 for 6.)