The Dodgers actually resembled a real live competitive major league baseball team on Wednesday night as they clobbered the Phillies with a comfortable 8-2 trouncing to take a 2-1 series lead. Ross Stripling was the catalyst in tonight’s victory as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball, turning in another fantastic performance. Matt Kemp (now the National League’s leading hitter) drove in four of the eight Dodger runs. Kemp blasted a two-run home run, smoked an RBI double and added a sacrifice fly for good measure. The rest of the guys contributed when and where they could. Max Muncy homered, Joc Pederson went 2 for 4, and even punch and Judy utility man Breyvic Valera (called up because Chase Utley has a thumb injury) got a hit. It was of the bloop variety, but still. It was a good night for the Dodgers all around.
Stripling struck out nine over seven frames and allowed just one earned run on four hits while walking only two. His lone blemish on the night was a solo home run to Nick Williams in the seventh. Chicken Strip is now 3-1 and has a 1.68 ERA. Is it safe to say that Stripling has been pitching like an ace? All Stripling has done in the month of May is post a 1.17 ERA and striking out 32 against just two walks. Yeah That’s an ace guys.
The bats came to life against “former Dodger” Zach Efflin, and I use that in quotations since he was a Dodger for about five minutes. Efflin lasted just four innings and gave up five earned runs on seven hits. The Dodgers had 13 hits against Philadelphia pitching tonight, leaving ten men on base. The boys in blue were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Phillies 2 281
Dodgers 8 13 0
The Dodgers scored one in the first, and added three in the third while also scoring in the fourth, fifth, and eighth innings. Everyone in the Dodger lineup had at least one hit. Cody Bellinger had two hits, hopefully breaking out of his prolonged slump.
The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Joc Pederson singled and Kemp laced an RBI double over the third base bag to score Joc. In the bottom of the third Muncy bombed one over the center field fence. One Yasmani Grandal walk later, Kemp took his turn going yard by blasting his seventh home run into the left field pavilions. The Dodgers were up 4-0 and never relinquished. Even Stripling himself got into the fun slashing an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless top of the eighth notching two strikeouts. Switch-pitcher Pat Vendiite allowed one earned run on two hits and hit a batter in the top of the ninth, but didn’t blow a seven run lead. So we should all be thankful for that.
The Dodgers are now 26-29 and have taken over sole possession of third place in the National League West. The Dodgers and Phillies wrap up their four game series on Thursday afternoon, which is getaway day for both clubs. The boys in blue have a legitimate shot of taking this series tomorrow and look who’s on the mound making his return from the disabled list? You guessed it, Clayton Kershaw. He’ll draw Aaron Nola with first pitch at 4:35 PM PST.