2016 Freeway Series Game 4: Dodgers at Angels

5-19-16

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Los Angeles Dodgers (21-20, T-3rd NL West) at Los Angeles Angels (18-22, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 66F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Ross Stripling (1-2, 4.26 ERA)

Ross Stripling delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 20, 2016 (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ross Stripling delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 20, 2016 (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ 26 year-old rookie right hander had been winless in his first 6 career starts leading into his last start Saturday against the Cardinals. In that game against St. Louis he only lasted 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits & 3 walks, but he did finally notch his first career victory as the Dodgers won 8-4. With the exception of a couple starts in early April, Stripling has had trouble going deep into games, as he’s allowing a .355/.459/.581 batting line to batters who are seeing him for a 3rd time in a game.

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Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 4.81 ERA)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 14, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 14, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

Acquired on May 11 by the Angels from Atlanta for rookie ball pitcher Adam McCreery, Chacin made his Angels debut Saturday in Seattle. In that game he pitched effectively, giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits over 7 innings, but he took the no-decision in a game the Angels eventually won 9-7. Chacin did encouragingly strike out 4 and produce 12 ground ball outs, accounting for 16 of the 21 outs he recorded. Prior to making his Angel debut, Chacin had gone 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 5 starts for the Braves before being designated for assignment on May 5.

Game Notes

  • Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Monday’s game in the sixth inning after feeling tightness in his back and hasn’t been in the starting lineup since. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Wednesday’s game that a return Thursday in the designated hitter spot was a realistic possibility. At the very least, the first baseman will be available for pinch-hit duties.
  • Angels catcher Jett Bandy was called up Wednesday for his second crack at the Majors after Geovany Soto hit the 15-day disabled list with a torn right meniscus. Despite not appearing in Wednesday’s game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Bandy to make the most of his time with the team. “Any time a player gets an opportunity to come up to play and fill in, it could be career-changing for them,” Scioscia said. “As an organization, you have to keep moving forward. We feel we have the depth to keep moving forward from things, so that’s what we’re going to do.”

Starting Lineups

Dodgers

  1. 2B-Chase Utley – .286
  2. 3B-Justin Turner – .233
  3. SS-Corey Seager – .290
  4. 1B-Howie Kendrick – .217
  5. CF-Joc Pederson – .262
  6. LF-Trayce Thompson – .291
  7. C-Yasmani Grandal – .212
  8. RF-Yasiel Puig – .234
  9. DH-Carl Crawford – .222

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .299
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .297
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .320
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .222
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .265
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .255
  7. LF-Rafael Ortega – .315
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .169
  9. SS-Gregorio Petit – .188

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 23-17 (.575)
  2. Texas: 22-19 (.537) – 1.5 GB
  3. Oakland: 19-22 (.463) – 4.5 GB
  4. Angels: 18-22 (.450) – 5 GB
  5. Houston: 17-24 (.415) – 6.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle 7, Baltimore 2 – F
  • Houston @ Chicago WSox – 5:10pm PT
  • NY Yankees @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT
  • Texas – OFF

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