The Dodgers clinched playoff berth last night. Tonight, they had Ross Stripling on the mound, against John Means. The Orioles struck first, in the 2nd inning, they had a 1-0 lead. In the top of the 6th inning, the Dodgers took the lead 2-1, which didn’t last long, as the Orioles scored a run in the bottom of the 6th to tie it at 2 apiece. After that, the Orioles pulled away and won the game 7-3.
Following the loss, Dave Roberts spoke to the media.
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Dave on the team’s performance:
“We haven’t seen Means, but he’s got good stuff, he’s actually fun to watch…we really didn’t barrel him up all night long, he was very efficient. It was good to see A.J. got a changeup, elevated, gave us the lead. I thought Strip was good tonight, Dustin had a lot of good throws, threw two clean innings.”
Roberts on Ross Stripling and Dustin May’s performance:
“Ross three innings and we’ll see where he lines up next, but I thought Ross was really good. With Dustin, I thought there were a lot of good throws in there…when he needed to make a good pitch, he did.”
Dave on how many of the bullpen pitchers are auditioning for a postseason spot:
“If you look at who we have right now, I put them all in that bucket. I think that there is still a lot of baseball, a lot of decisions to be made.”
Roberts on when evaluating these options, how much of it is looking at the results compared to the process:
“More the process…when you’re talking about the postseason…the pressure, execution matters, and I think that a flair, a bad walk, that’s a big difference right there, those things matter when you get in the postseason.”
Rich Hill will be back on the mound tomorrow, as the Dodgers look to take the rubber match in Baltimore.