Ross Stripling gets the start on Thursday for the Dodgers, who will try to sweep the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
For a stadium that used to be a house of horrors for Los Angeles — 4-9 in Philadelphia from 2008-2011 during the regular season, plus 0-5 in a pair of National League Championship Series in 2008-2009 — the Dodgers have had success of late, with five straight series wins at Citizens Bank Park, winning 12 of their 15 games there since the start of 2012.
The Dodgers are 5-2 in games when they had an opportunity to complete a three-game sweep this season, including 1-0 on the road. One of the defeats came last Wednesday against these Phillies at Dodger Stadium.
The only road sweep of the season for the Dodgers in 2016 came during their opening series in San Diego, a series that — like this set in Philadelphia — began with a 15-run outburst.
Stripling has a 3.04 ERA in 26⅔ innings on the road this season, compared to 4.76 in 39⅔ innings at Dodger Stadium. He has allowed only four extra-base hits — three doubles and a home run — in 106 road plate appearances against, with opposing hitters just .179/.257/.242 against him.
He has allowed 16 extra-base hits in 170 plate appearances at Dodger Stadium.
Since returning from his month of innings-limiting conditioning at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, Stripling has a 3.05 ERA in 20⅔ innings, with 14 strikeouts against only three walks.
Time: 4:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA