After Wednesday’s disheartening loss, the Dodgers turn the page to Thursday, when they will try to end the road trip on a high note in their series finale against the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The Dodgers couldn’t take advantage of Rich Hill’s brilliant effort on the mound, getting shut out for the first time since June 26 against the Angels. That was 47 games ago.
Hyun-jin Ryu takes the mound for the Dodgers on Wednesday, staked with the task of getting Josh Harrison out. Harrison is 5-for-13 (.385) with two home runs and two doubles in the first three games of the series, and has an extra-base hit in his last four games against Los Angeles.
Harrison, who ended Wednesday’s game to ruin Hill’s bid at history, leads off Thursday’s afternoon finale. He’s 2-for-7 with a double against Ryu.
Ryu has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts, and since the All-Star break has allowed no runs in three of his five starts.
Chad Kuhl made his major league debut against the Dodgers last year, earning the win while allowing three runs in five innings in Pittsburgh. He won both starts against the Dodgers last season, but lost this season on May 10 at Dodger Stadium, allowing four runs in five innings.
In Kuhl’s brief career, he has a 5.48 ERA in 19 starts at PNC Park, compared to 3.55 in 20 road starts.
Corey Seager takes a 12-game hitting streak into Thursday’s series finale, and has reached base in 18 straight games. He is 2-for-8 with a double and a walk against Kuhl. But Seager is out of the lineup, getting a rest on getaway day.
A win on Thursday would give the Dodgers eight consecutive road series wins. They are 19-5 in their last 24 road games.
Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA