National League West rivals will meet in Phoenix for the first of 10 matchups during the shortened season. Thursday’s game, the start of a four-game streak, will open the Diamondback home.
The Dodgers are coming out of a sweep over two games in Houston, where Kelly launched next to Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa of the Astros on Tuesday, causing the glow of the spirits in the first game between the participants of the 2017 World Series.
Kelly called for the suspension of eight games he received from Major League Baseball, making him temporarily available for action. Roberts served his game ban Wednesday on the 13 Dodgers’ 4-2 victory over Astros.
Edwin Rios scored a leadoff, two home runs at the top of the 13th, which could slightly reduce the fatigue of a game of 4 hours and 44 minutes.
“I don’t know. It’s strange,” said Rios of the new extra-inning rule which places a runner on second base to start each half inning. “I feel the game can simply go. Extra innings are extra innings. Guy in second place is easy for us to score a race and it can also be easy for them to score.”
Right Ross Stripling (1-0, 1.29 ERA) is expected to start on Thursday for the Dodgers. Stripling kept the San Francisco Giants running on four shots in seven innings on his departure last Friday, but is 1-4 with an ERA 3.86 in 23 career appearances (eight starts) against Arizona.
The Dodgers were 11-8 against the Diamondbacks last season but 4-6 at Chase Field.
Arizona have yet to win a streak this season after losing three or four to the San Diego Padres and splitting a two-game set with the Texas Rangers.
Left-handed Robbie Ray (0-1, 7.36 ERA) will begin the opening of the house for the Diamondbacks. Ray gave up on three shots four times in 3 3/3 innings in a defeat in San Diego on Saturday.
Ray is 8-5 with an ERA 3.15 in 20 career starts against the Dodgers. He has 161 career strikes in 120 innings launched against Los Angeles, his highest scores in both categories against any team in the grand league.
The Diamondbacks gave up a 4-2 lead, leading the eighth inning en route to a 7-4 loss to Texas on Wednesday. Lifters Andrew Chafin and Hector Rondon made it possible to combine five out of four strokes in the eighth inning, with Rondon making three passes.
“It’s nothing we are used to. Our bullpen has generally been one of our strengths,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo told Fox Sports in Arizona after the game.
“We are very excited to go home to the valley and play on our land,” said Lovullo. “I wish fans could go out and support us, but it will be an opening day in Chase, and nothing better for me. … It will be just what we need.”
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