|Dodgers, Phils face quick turnaround for series finale|
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies will have little time to rest before they return to action Thursday afternoon.
After a marathon game Wednesday that included a 2-hour, 37-minute rain delay, the Dodgers will now attempt to win three of four on the road against the Phillies. Los Angeles' 7-2 win actually ended near 2 a.m. ET on Thursday.
The Dodgers will hand the ball to Ross Stripling (4-3, 3.65 ERA). In his latest start Saturday, he was effective in giving up four hits and one run in five innings during an 11-2 road victory over the Boston Red Sox.
But Stripling has struggled at Citizens Bank Park, serving up six home runs allowed in 10 career innings while compiling a 9.00 ERA. in six career appearances (three starts) against the Phillies, Stripling is 1-0 with a 4.95 ERA.
On Wednesday, David Freese and Justin Turner homered, marking the sixth straight time in the season series that the Dodgers hit multiple home runs against the Phillies.
The Dodgers also earned 10 walks Wednesday, with Max Muncy leading the way with three. Los Angeles, which improved to 30 games above .500, keeps finding ways to win.
"I think you see one person do it, then another person does it and so now the whole team kind of buys into it," Muncy said. "It's just attitude in the clubhouse culture we've created."
The Dodgers called on five relievers Wednesday but not closer Kenley Jansen. It's unclear if Jansen will be available Thursday after being hit in the ankle by an Adam Haseley comebacker on Tuesday.
"I don't think so," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked if Jansen would need to be placed on the injured list. "In talking to him, he was moving around much, much better today. It's muscular. It's not like the scans showed anything. So he'll be fine."
The Phillies will turn Thursday to ace right-hander Aaron Nola (8-2, 3.63 ERA).
Over Nola's past five starts, he is 2-1 with a 0.76 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings. Nola hasn't allowed more than one earned run in five straight starts, the first time a Phillies pitcher has accomplished the feat since Cole Hamels did so from July 19-Aug. 9, 2014.
Last Saturday, Nola pitched six solid innings against the Washington Nationals, giving up five hits and one run with nine strikeouts and four walks. Nola wound up with a no-decision when Hector Neris was unable to secure the save in a game the Phillies lost 4-3.
"It's not over yet," Nola said after that loss. "We all know that. Yeah, there's a lot of talent. We all know that we're good enough to keep winning. I think that things will start to click. We've got to keep winning. It's plain and simple."
The Phillies' offense scuffled Wednesday, managing just two hits. Philadelphia also placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the injured list because of a sprained right intercostal muscle. Nick Williams, recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, started Wednesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
"It could be 10 (days), it could be 15, I'm not sure," Bruce said. "But it's not nearly as bad as an oblique could be, so that's a positive."
--Field Level Media