The final game of the Freeway Series of LA vs OC (who think they’re LA), saw Ross Stripling take the mound for the Dodgers, trying to earn a split. The only thing that split was the Dodgers’ chances for a win.
Chase Utley got on with a bunt single and eventually got came around to score, courtesy of two wild pitches.
Stripling hands one back. Mike Trout hit an RBI single to even the score 1-1.
2nd inning Tie score 1-1
Two on and two out for Howie Kendrick. Stand up triple past a diving Calhoun.
Score two! 3-1
3rd inning Dodgers 3-1
Stripling gives another run back. However, if you’re gonna give up a homer to Mike Trout – and who isn’t – make sure you give it up with nobody on base. 3-2
5th inning Dodgers 3-2
Utley and Turner on with no out.
Corey Seager sac flied Utley to third.
Kendrick walked to load the bases with one out.
Joc Pederson got an RBI on a little force play. 4-2
Stripling pitch watch: 66 pitches, 2 runs
He went to bases loaded for Albert Pujols. Was it time to give another run back?
He struck out Pujols and then hit C.J. Cron to bring in a run. 4-3
Chris Hatcher – who had no business being there – was brought in and immediately gave up a double. Angels 5-4.
6th inning Angels 5-4
Hatcher still in, so naturally, home run, Angels. 6-4.
Joe Blanton came in to face Mike Trout. Force play with an RBI. 7-4
7th inning. Angels 7-4
8th inning Angels 7-4
Chin-hui Tsao came in.
9th inning Angels 7-4
Dodgers haven’t had a hit since the fifth inning.
Yasiel Puig – rung up on a pitch that was a strike on the little pitch tracker box. Looked outside to me.
Carl Crawford – fly out
Chase Utley – 4-3.
Dodgers lose 7-4
Ross Stripling did the same thing that we saw him do against the Cardinals – every time the Dodgers scored, he would go out there and give the runs right back. He surrendered 5 and the Dodgers were held to 4 runs, so Ross gave back enough to not win.
Last night I mentioned the futility of the Dodgers batting Justin Turner second and using Carl Crawford as the DH. Turner went 1 for 4, and CC was an even more worthless 0 for 4.
It’s getting harder for this eternally optimistic Dodgers fan to remain so.
Ross Stripling L (1-3) went just 4 2/3 innings with 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 3 Ks, 1 home run. ERA 4.85
Triple: Howie Kendrick
Team with RISP: 2 for 8 Nuff said.