Around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts approached pitcher Ross Stripling. The team entered the night carrying an oddly constructed roster, with nine relievers and only four bench players. Be prepared to pinch-run tonight, Roberts told his long reliever turned emergency sprinter.
Sometimes prophets wear caps. The memory caused Roberts to beam later in the night, in the wake of a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh in 10 innings, after Stripling stomped across the plate as the winning run after a walkoff hit by backup catcher Austin Barnes.
“Seven and a half hours ago,” Roberts said. “So he was good and loose.”
The Dodgers (19-14) did not script this night. No...