The Dodgers look to rebound from their series opening loss with Wednesday night's game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The Dodgers got doubles from Jimmy Rollins and Carl Crawford in Tuesday's loss, which extended an obscure streak for the club. The Dodgers have at least one extra-base hit in 96 consecutive road games, per STATS LLC the second-longest streak in baseball dating back to 1914.
The 2005-2007 Cardinals have the longest streak of the last 102 years, with 127 straight games.
This season the Dodgers still have a scoring imbalance, averaging 4.44 runs per game at home, but just 3.80 runs per contest in the road grays.
In runs allowed the spread is closer, with the Dodgers allowing 3.40 runs per game at Dodger Stadium and 3.69 runs per game away from home.
Brett Anderson has a 2.94 ERA on the road this season, with a higher strikeout rate on the road (18.9 percent) than at home (15.2 percent). Anderson has only allowed three home runs to his 217 batters faced on the road, compared to seven to 264 batters at home.
That is helped by his 71-percent ground ball rate on the road, compared to 62.9 percent at home. On the season Anderson leads baseball with a 66.4-percent ground ball rate, the highest rate of his career.
Anderson will be throwing to catcher A.J. Ellis, who gets the start on Tuesday, one day after getting activated from the disabled list after he was sidelined with right knee inflammation.
Ellis has a six-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .400/.455/.750 with a double, two home runs and two walks, and he has reached base by hit or walk in each of his last 10 starts.
At the plate Anderson still leads all major league pitchers with five walks this season, two more than any individual pitcher. His five walks are more than or as many as 10 National League teams' pitchers. But he hasn't walked since May 31.
It has been a weird year for Anderson at the plate. He has six sacrifice bunts, but otherwise is 2-for-29 with a double, those five walks, and 23 strikeouts. Outside of the bunts, Anderson has put the ball in play six times all year. In his last 12 starts, Anderson is 1-for-20 with two walks and 18 strikeouts.
Old friend Aaron Harang starts for the Phillies, winners of 13 of their last 16 games.
Adrian Gonzalez is 10-for-23 (.435) with three home runs, two doubles and two walks against Harang in his career. Alberto Callaspo is 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and three walks against Harang, and gets the start at third base over Alex Guerrero, who had started four of the last five games at the hot corner but was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts since his Friday home run.
Time: 4:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA