Man the Dbacks are awful. The Dodgers easily disposed of the Snakes on Tuesday night by a score of 5-2. The win kept the Dodgers 4 games ahead in the NL West after the Giants came from behind to defeat the Rockies 3-2 in Denver. Spot starter Ross Stripling has been like Johnny on the spot. Filling in whenever and wherever the Dodgers need him too and doing a very serviceable job. These types of wins certainly increase the Dodger’s Betting Lines this season. ESPN seems to agree.
Tonight he was solid as he tossed 5 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits and striking out 5 without issuing a walk. Stripling beat the Dbacks not only with his arm but also with his bat. The right hander singled home a run in the Dodger’s second inning. The Dodger offense scored all 5 runs within the first three innings which included three runs in the bottom of the third. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth frame to record his 42 save of the season. The Dodgers are now 78-60 and a season high eighteen games above .500. Here’s how the game went down…..
Dbacks 2 4 0
Dodgers 5 11 0
The Dbacks struck first in the top of the first. With two outs, Center fielder A.J. Pollock slugged a solo home run, his second of the season to put the Snakes up by a 1-0 score. The Dodgers would tie it up in the bottom of the first inning as opposing starter Shelby Miller’s struggles continued. Corey Seager lined a single to left. Then Wellington Castillo’s passed ball advanced him to second. Justin Turner’s single to right scored Seager and the Dodgers tie it up.
After Ross Stripling recorded a 123 second frame, the Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the second. Josh Reddick singled to center and one out later was thrown out at the plate on Andrew Toles’ double into the gap. Pollock’s relay throw to Jean Segura was on the money and Segura threw a strike to catcher Castillo who tagged out Reddick on the slide. The Dodgers would get one run out of the inning though, as Stripling would slap a single over the first base bag past Paul Goldschmidt to score Toles and give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
The Dbacks went down in order again in the top of the third. The Dodgers followed by plating three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Seager singled again and Turner’s ground-rule double sent Seager to third. Yasmani Grandal’s ground-out scored Turner to put the Dodgers up 3-1. The Dodgers weren’t done. Reddick singles in Turner, and Joc Pederson’s infield single sends Reddick to second. The red-hot Toles’ single up the middle brought home the fifth run and the Dodgers took a 5-1 lead.
The Dodgers would not score again, but the Dback’s bats were kept very quiet for the rest of the night. The Dbacks scored their second run in the top of the fourth, but Stripling would hold the damage to just that lone run. Chris Owings doubled. Stripling then whiffed Pollock. Goldschmidt singled Owings to third, and Owings would score on a sacrifice fly from Jake Lamb. Joc’s throw to home would have been close had it not hit the mound.
The Dodger bullpen took it the rest of the way. Josh Fields, Pedro Baez, Joe Blanton, and Kenley Jansen all pitched a scoreless inning of relief to secure the win. Jansen strikes out Goldschmidt and Lamb to end the game. Dodgers win 5-2!
The Dodgers had 11 hits on the night. Seager, Turner, Reddick, and Toles all had two hits each. The Dodgers were 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers will try to wrap it up with a sweep in the series and home stand finale. Robbie Ray will counter Brock Stewart as the Dodgers have no won four consecutive games. A long ten-game road trip looms for the Dodgers, starting on Friday night in South Beach.
Clayton Kershaw will make his return to the mound against Jose Fernandez. Only 24 games remain in the 2016 season and the Dodger’s magic number to clinch the NL West is now 21. Don’t forget about the broom depot’s specials on all Dodger sweep merchandise. There will be a big discount sale tomorrow night. Just type in the promo code “DodgersSweepSnakes” to receive 15% off all your Dodger sweep items.