LOS ANGELES: The Dodgers needed a game to restore their lost week and they did it with their 7-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday afternoon. The victory broke a streak of six consecutive losses and moved them back to over .500 with a record of 9-8.
Ross Stripling more than delivered what his team needed today. After keeping the Brewers scoreless for seven innings, Stripling gave up his only run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
Stripling finished the longest start of his career by completing eight innings with only 88 pitches and only allowed that run and four hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Jaime Schultz relieved Stripling and threw the ninth to finish the victory.
In his morning media scrum, manager Dave Roberts was asked if he could use a normal game, a normal offense, a normal starting pitching.
"That would be good, it would be ideal," Roberts said, "this guy Chacin could be difficult, we've seen him a lot, a lot of them have a history."
Joc Pederson went 3-for-17 against Chacin entering this game; he hit the ball with fly on the right field line that curled the foul on his first at-bat. Pederson then struck out. The next time he went up, Pederson hit a high ball down the line that dropped a few rows into fair territory and the Dodgers extended their lead to 3-0.
Before that, Alex Verdugo put the Dodgers on the board in the first inning when his two-out single scored two runs.
The Dodgers continued to add their lead in the third inning. Cody Bellinger started with her second game ride. A.J. Pollock then picked up his second single from the game. Max Muncy followed with a base shot to score the Dodgers' fourth career.
After the Verdugo dribbler in front of the plate moved the runners to second and third, Chris Taylor dropped a base hit in right field to put the score 6-0.
That sent Chacin to the dugout when the Brewers brought Chase Anderson to finish the third inning. Stripling picked up a single before Pederson left to finish the inning.
The Dodgers' touchdown ended in the fourth inning, but Verdugo added another run in the fifth with his third homer of the season that made it 7-0. That would prove to be more than enough this Sunday.
In the morning
In case you missed it, there were some updates on Rich Hill, Hyun-jin Ryu and Russell Martin today.
Hill will begin a rehabilitation this Wednesday, where he will launch approximately 60 pitches and / or four innings.
Rich Hill will launch on Wednesday, the site is not yet determined, be it OKC or Rancho Cucamonga.
– Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 14, 2019
The Quakes are playing at Lake Elisnore on Wednesday, but that's as convenient as Rancho Cucamonga.
Roberts said Ryu will have an "aggressive bullpen" on Monday and as he explained "[Ryu] "He does not really throw bullpens, so something around the 40-tone brand, he uses all his pitches, see how he responds that will give us a better idea of how aggressive we can be with him in the future."
Finally, Martin is moving better, but he is still on the day to day with no planned baseball activities yet.
Look into the future
Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer return to Dodger Stadium, as the Cincinnati Reds will have a three-game series starting tomorrow night.
It is also the MLB salute to Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers will have their annual salute to their greatness of all time.
And if that was not enough, Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his first start of the season. Kershaw will face right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo. Castillo has thrown very well so far this season. In 19 innings, he has allowed only two runs and five hits. He has struck out 25 against eight walks.
The first release is at 7:10 p.m.