After losing a winnable game last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers have now lost four of the last five games heading into the rubber match against the San Diego Padres. Zack Greinke was originally scheduled to pitch tonight, but elbow discomfort has led to his start being pushed back two days.
Instead taking the mound for the Dodgers is ace Clayton Kershaw. In 20 starts, Kershaw is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA. The southpaw suffered a complete-game loss in his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers. The loss ended Kershaw’s 11-game winning streak.
The Padres are quite familiar with Kershaw and the Dodgers, as the division rivals meet for the 13th time this season. In his career, Kershaw has made 22 starts against the Padres and holds 10-6 record with a 2.38 ERA.
Kershaw’s has faced the Padres once this season, and put on quite the show. He pitched a complete game and allowed one run on three hits; Kershaw also added 11 strikeouts.
The Padres look to win the series by sending their ace to the hill. Tyson Ross is 11-11 in 26 starts with a 2.70 ERA and has made 11 quality starts this season. The 27 year old was elected to his first All-Star Game this season.
Ross is in his fifth season in the Major Leagues and second with the Padres organization. The second-round draft pick has made five starts against the Dodgers in his career and has not faired well — he’s 0-4 with a 2.91 ERA. Three of Ross’ losses have come this season.
Dee Gordon and Carl Crawford return to tonight’s lineup after each received Wednesday off. Miguel Rojas is also in the lineup at shortstop, taking over for Erisbel Arruebarrena, who had started the previous two games.
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