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Home Field Disadvantage?

Stephen Fife hopes the third time is the charm on Wednesday afternoon.
Stephen Fife hopes the third time is the charm on Wednesday afternoon.

The Dodgers began their season at home like they ended last season, on fire. They won seven of their first eight series of three games or more at Dodger Stadium this year, including five sweeps. The Dodgers had a 21-5 home record after their win over Houston on May 27.

But since then the club has endured six series losses in their last eight series, with an 8-17 record at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon look to avoid getting swept at home for the second time this year (Milwaukee did the deed in four games from May 28-31) in their series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Stephen Fife makes his third major league start on Wednesday, and despite leaving each of his first two starts with leads is still in search of his first major league win.

Fife has played with fire in his two starts, as he has allowed baserunners in nine of his 12 complete innings, including two or more in five innings. But despite six walks and three strikeouts, Fife has allowed just two runs, as his ground balls have found gloves at the right times.

Patrick Corbin was recalled from Triple A Reno to start the series finale for the Diamondbacks, the third major league stint this season for the rookie. Two of his 10 appearances this season have come against the Dodgers. He allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings on May 21 in Phoenix, taking the loss in an eventual 6-1 Dodger triumph. On July 8, also at Chase Field, Corbin pitched the final three innings of Arizona's 7-1 blowout win to earn his first major league save.

Since getting demoted after the All-Star break, Corbin made a pair of starts in Triple A. He struck out eight in pitching six scoreless frames on July 21, but five days later despite striking out 11 in six innings he also allowed seven runs. In 79 1/3 minor league innings this season between Double A and Triple A, Corbin had 80 strikeouts and 22 unintentional walks.

Game Time: 12:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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