Game 159: Postseason auditions continue as Dodgers dispatch another lefty.

Charlie Culberson

Charlie Culberson avoids a tag at home plate in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers moved over .500 for the season against left-handed starters and continued experimenting with possible postseason roles in a 9-4 win over the Padres. The box score is here.

Julio Urias‘ Triple-A pitching coach explained why the rookie’s career-high innings total might not be as large as it seems.

Dick Enberg called his final game in Petco Park.

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Andrew Toles will be on the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster.

SAN DIEGO — Dave Roberts said that rookie outfielder Andrew Toles will be on the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Division Series next week against the Washington Nationals.

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.

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Game 158: The Dodgers’ hunt for home-field advantage might have left the yard.

Joc Pederson

Andrew Toles and Joc Pederson celebrate Pederson’s fourth-inning home run on Wednesday in San Diego. (Getty Images)

Hunter Renfroe might be the only person to leave San Diego with home-field advantage after the Padres’ star had another big night in a 6-5 Dodgers loss. The box score is here.

Charlie Culberson‘s home run Sunday linked him with Vin Scully forever, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Two postscripts:

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:
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Joc Pederson’s 25th home run of the season achieves a couple milestones.

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.

It’s the first time the Dodgers have had four 25-home run hitters since 1997, when Eric Karros, Raul Mondesi, Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile achieved the milestone.

Dusty Baker, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith achieved the feat in 1977. Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges and Duke Snider did so in 1955.

Pederson and Snider have something in common, too:

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Hyun-Jin Ryu has debridement procedure on left elbow.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to be ready to pitch next season after undergoing a left elbow debridement. (Associated Press photo)


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.

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