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Preview: Brett Anderson, Dodgers Look To Bounce Back Against Phillies



J Pat Carter-AP Photo
J Pat Carter-AP Photo

The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their four-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in Philadelphia, when reliever Joel Peralta allowed up a grand slam to Phillies rookie third baseman Maikel Franco in the seventh inning, turning a tie game into somewhat of a blowout.

Brett Anderson takes the mound Wednesday in the second of a three-game series in the City of Brotherly Love, making his 21st start of the season. The lefty is 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA, 3.66 FIP and 1.29 WHIP, and leads the National League with 240 ground balls induced.

Anderson has only faced the Phillies once in his career, when he gave up six hits and three earned runs in five innings against them July 7 at Dodger Stadium. He has never pitched at Citizens Bank Park, but in nine starts on the road this season, he’s posted a 2.94 ERA.

Former Dodger Aaron Harang gets the start for the Phillies. The 37 year old is in his first season with the Phillies, owns a 5-11 record, 3.97 ERA, 4.02 FIP and 1.27 WHIP in 18 starts. In 13 career starts against the Dodgers he is 4-7 with a 4.73 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 78 innings.

The two Dodgers who hit Harang the best are Adrian Gonzalez, who is 10-for-23 with three home runs and two doubles, and Yasiel Puig, who is 5-for-6 with a home run and double.

Harang also may have his hands full Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is playing his second career game as a visitor in Philadelphia. Rollins is hitting .341 in his last 11 games and went 2-for-5 Tuesday. Rollins is a career .279 hitter in 804 games at Citizens Bank Park.

A.J. Ellis gets the start behind the plate for Los Angeles. He was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after missing time with knee inflammation. Ellis was on a bit of a role before going down with the injury, as he is hitting .333 in 14 games since June 1 and has a six-game hitting streak.

Wednesday marks the sixth time this season Ellis will catch Anderson; the left-hander is 5-0 in the previous outings. Jeff Francoeur once again bats clean up for the Phillies. He hit a two-run double off Anderson in the July 7 game.

Dodgers Lineup:

SS: Jimmy Rollins

2B: Howie Kendrick

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

LF: Andre Ethier

RF: Yasiel Puig

CF: Joc Pederson

3B: Alberto Callaspo

C: A.J. Ellis

P: Brett Anderson

Phillies Lineup:

2B: Cesar Hernandez

CF: Odubel Herrera

3B: Maikel Franco

RF: Jeff Francoeur

1B: Ryan Howard

LF: Darin Ruf

SS: Freddy Galvis

C: Carlos Ruiz

P: Aaron Harang

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