Odds are that Rich Hill is going to allow a run at some point. Until then it’s a lot of fun watching him pitch. Could we possibly have another situation where he’s pulled from another no-hitter or perfect game? Speaking of pulled, the Dodgers pulled out a tough rain soaked 2-0 win over the Yankees on Wednesday evening to take two out of three in the Bronx. Clayton Kershaw looked like the vintage Kershaw of old as he tossed 6 shutout innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth frame.
The game was scoreless until the top of the ninth when Corey Seager reached base on a New York fielding error, stole second and came around to score on Justin Turner’s RBI double. The Giants were swept by the Padres again, and the Dodgers lead is now back to five games in the National League West. The magic number is now a Hanley Ramirez lucky number 13.
Tonight the Dodgers will finish their 10-game road trip by beginning a four game series in Arizona against the Dbacks. Rich Hill will take the mound against Arizona youngster Archie Bradley. Hill has tossed 19 consecutive scoreless frames as a Dodger. Let’s see if he can keep the perfect pitching going tonight.
Dodgers Lineup @ Arizona
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Rich HIl-12-3 vs. Archie Bradley-6-9
Game Time – 6:40 PM – TV-SNLA
Hill has been nearly flawless as a Dodger. He’s allowed just six hits and 2 walks while whiffing 20 batters. He has a 9.5 strikeout per nine rate and a 2.8 hits per nine allowed rate while wearing Dodger Blue. The last time he allowed a run was on July 7 against Houston. He’s allowed one hit in his last two starts. His sharp breaking ball and pinpoint control have been a big reason for his success. Overall he is 12-3 on the season with a 1.80 ERA. Hill has 4 career starts against Arizona and is 1-1 with a 4.14 ERA. Hill is 0-1 at Chase Field.
Hill vs. Dbacks
The 24-year old right handed Archie Bradley has struggled for most of the season. He’s posted a 6-9 record with a 5.10 ERA in 22 starts. Over 120 innings pitched he’s allowed 130 hits and 58 walks and has posted a 1.5 WHIP. He has 113 strikeouts to give him an 8.5 K/9 rate. He can miss some bats, but too many base runners and walks have hurt him.
Bradley has faced the Dodgers twice this year and is 0-1 with a no-decision. The last time he faced the Dodgers was back on July 16 at Dodger Stadium in which he allowed one earned run on three hits over 6 innings pitched. That was the game he earned a no-decision. Bradley had a terrible month of August, posting a 7.14 ERA and giving up 27 runs over 29 innings of work. Bradley is 1-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 3 career starts against the Dodgers.
Bradley vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers have decided that Julio Urias will pitch the rest of the season out of the bullpen. So who’s going to take his spot in the rotation? Why it’s Bud Norris of course. This is quite annoying news since Bud Norris is horrible. Oh and he is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against Shelby Miller so that should be a lot of fun. NOT. The rest of the series matches up like this: Kenta Maeda will go up against turncoat and professional Dinger server Zack Greinke on Friday night. Rookie Jose De Leon will counter Robbie Ray in the series finale on Sunday.
The season is winding down. There are only 17 games left to play and 7 home games left. This also means that there are only 10 more Vin Scully games remaining as well. Make sure you catch those games since he won’t be announcing any games this postseason.