Dick Enberg called his final game in Petco Park.
Toles, 24, has a .311/.363/.505 slash line in his first 46 major league games. He’s gotten more frequent playing time in left field during Josh Reddick‘s hot September. Roberts spoke Thursday about the possibility of Toles platooning with Howie Kendrick in left field in the postseason:
The Nationals’ rotation is anchored by right-handers Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark; Gio Gonzalez is the only lefty expected to start a game for them in October. That ought to give Toles (and the Dodgers’ other left-handed hitters) plenty of plate appearances in the playoffs.
1. Ross Stripling threw from the stretch with the bases empty today. He said he didn’t warm up out of the windup in the bullpen before coming in. The right-hander gave up two hits in three innings (one was a double that led to the winning run) and said he might just roll with it now that he’s reliving full-time.
2. Josh Reddick famously wore a “don’t bunt” T-shirt recently while visiting with Vin Scully. So why did he bunt in the ninth inning? “They’re giving you a free hit with the shift,” he said. The Padres had abandoned third base with the left-handed hitting Reddick at the plate.
Here’s what else they were saying after the game:
The Dodgers have four hitters with 25 home runs for just the fourth time in franchise history.
Joc Pederson‘s two-run home run Wednesday against the San Diego Padres gave the center fielder 25 this season. He joins teammates Justin Turner (27), Yasmani Grandal (27) and Corey Seager (25) in the exclusive club.
Pederson and Snider have something in common, too:
Joc Pederson (@Dodgers) 25th HR
Pederson and Duke Snider are only players in Dodgers history with 2 25-HR seasons before turning 25.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2016
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu had an arthroscopic left elbow debridement today, performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The team says he is expected to be ready for next season.
Ryu missed all of last season, and was limited to one start this year, while recovering from shoulder labrum surgery performed in April 2015.
The 29-year-old left-hander has a 28-16 record and a 3.28 ERA in 57 career starts with the Dodgers.