After finishing 6-3 on a nine-game road trip, the Los Angeles Dodgers open up a three-game series at home against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers lost two out of three games against the Brewers over the recent road trip.
Zack Greinke takes the mound for Los Angeles to once again face his former team. Greinke is 12-8 with a 2.84 ERA this season. For his career, the right-hander is 0-2 against the Brewers with a 6.75 ERA. Greinke’s most recent loss to his former club came on Aug. 9 when he went six innings and allowed four runs and eight hits.
The Brewers call on Jimmy Nelson to counter the Dodgers’ All-Star pitcher. Nelson is 2-3 with a 4.00 ERA in six starts this season. Nelson’s only career appearance against the Dodgers came on Sunday as he gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings of work.
The second-year pitcher added three strikeouts to just one walk as well. Though he pitched well, the right-hander suffered a loss.
Outfielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Miguel Rojas each went 2-for-3 against Nelson in Sunday’s game. Kemp added one of the team’s two RBIs against Nelson. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez added the other. Tonight’s Dodgers lineup went a combined 7-for-20 against Nelson.
Rojas once again is starting for the injured Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. Though he recently was on the field throwing, Ramirez is missing his sixth straight game after straining an oblique.
Both teams enter tonight’s contest in first place in their respective divisions and are competing for first place in the NL. The Dodgers own a 5.5-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West division standings.
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