“One run in two days — your chances aren’t real good,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
MORE COMPLIMENTS NEEDED
Tonight, young Nathan Eovaldi makes his third career start. This coming after two impressive outings to begin his career.
First, Eovaldi defeated the Diamondbacks after allowed just two runs in five innings.
Then, Eovaldi shutout the Astros through six innings while holding them to just two hits en route to a 1-0 Dodger victory in the tenth.
Eovaldi’s latest effort prompted Astros’ slugger, Carlos Lee to say “The kid’s pretty good. He pitched with a lot of confidence.”
Now, Eovaldi has the difficult task of opposing two sluggers like Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun that form the muscle of the Brewers’ lineup.
RUNAWAY BREWERS SEND OUT ANOTHER FORCE
With their victory last night, the Brewers have now opened a seven-game lead on the Cardinals in the Central division.
They are in position to win their first division title since 1982, when they won the AL East.
The Brewers have won four games in a row despite scoring just eight runs.
The Dodgers meanwhile have combined to score just one run in the first two games of this series.
Tonight, the Dodgers oppose Zach Greinke, who is a perfect 8-0 at home. The Brewers are 10-0 when Greinke takes the mound at Miller Park this year.
GREINKE HEATING UP
Greinke began the 2011 season with an impressive record of 11-4, but with a subpar ERA of 4.08.
However, since the All-Star game, Greinke’s ERA is 1.56; good for third-best in the Majors.
Greinke has won four consecutive outings after defeating the Pirates on Friday. In the outing, he allowed two runs and six hits over 7 2/3 innings pitched.
With a win today, Greinke will join Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander as pitchers with nine home victories.
In his only outing against the Dodgers, Greinke allowed three runs in five innings while pitching for the Kansas City Royals back in 2005.
DODGERS vs. GREINKE
24-for-83 (.289), 5 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 BB, 17 K, .330 OBP, .494 SLG, .824 OPS
BREWERS vs. EOVALDI
First appearance vs. Brewers
5/16: Brewers 2, @ Dodgers 1
5/17: @ Dodgers 3, Brewers 0
Game 1: @ Brewers 3, Dodgers 0; W: Randy Wolf (10-8); L: Ted Lilly (7-13); SV: John Axford (35)
Game 2: @ Brewers 2, Dodgers 1; W: Takashi Saito (4-1); L: Hong-Chih Kuo (0-2)
Game 3: Today
Game 4: Thursday at 11:10 AM; Clayton Kershaw (14-5) vs. Marco Estrada (3-7)
Dodgers lead series 56-33.
AROUND THE WEST
1. Diamondbacks (69-53) @ Philadelphia Phillies; Saunders (8-9) vs. Lee (12-7)
2. Giants (66-57) @ Atlanta Braves; Cain (9-9) vs. Jurrjens (12-4)
3. Rockies (57-67) vs. Florida Marlins; Nolasco (9-8) vs. Cook (2-7)
4. DODGERS (55-66)
5. Padres (55-69) vs. New York Mets; Gee (10-4) vs. Latos (6-11)
Los Angeles Dodgers
(55-66, 24-32 away)
(72-51, 46-15 home)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Condition: Partly Cloudy Game-Time Temperature: 73 F (Feels like 73 F)
Humidity: 77% Wind: 7 WSW
Radio: KABC 790, KTNQ 1020 (Spanish)
LAST 10 GAMES:
LA: 4-6 (Lost 2)
MIL: 9-1 (Won 5)
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Tony Gwynn, LF
- Casey Blake, 3B
- Andre Ethier, RF
- Matt Kemp, CF
- Aaron Miles, 2B
- James Loney, 1B
- Dioner Navarro, C
- Justin Sellers, SS
- Nathan Eovaldi, P
- Corey Hart, RF
- Nyjer Morgan, CF
- Ryan Braun, LF
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Casey McGehee, 3B
- Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
- Jerry Hairston, Jr., 2B
- Jonathan LuCroy, C
- Zach Greinke, P
Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 1.64 ERA)
vs. Zach Greinke (11-4, 4.08 ERA)
LINE: Brewers -128
LA – 15-day DL: Dee Gordon (Shoulder), Rubby De La Rosa* (Elbow), Kenley Jansen (Heart), Juan Uribe (Groin), Jonathan Broxton (Elbow), Vicente Padilla (Forearm), Jon Garland* (Shoulder); 60-day DL: Hector Gimenez (Knee); Restricted: Ronald Belisario (Personal)
MIL - 15-Day DL: Brandon Kintzler (Tricep), Rickie Weeks (Ankle), Chris Narveson (Thumb), Carlos Gomez (Collarbone); 60-Day DL: Manny Parra (Back), Mitch Stetter (Hip)
* denotes that player is out for season.