After two straight walk-off losses in extra innings, Los Angeles Dodgers look to avoid a three-game sweep against the San Diego Padres on the road at Petco Park.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was reinstated from the disabled list Sunday and gets the start for the Dodgers. Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA this season. The left-hander has been impressive against the Padres this season; going 2-0 with 0.47 ERA over three starts against their division rival.
Ryu will be opposed by Eric Stults. The lefty is 6-14 with a 4.63 ERA this season. Stults has split his two starts against Los Angeles this season, going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Stults beat the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine on Aug. 20 as he went 5.0 innings and allowed just one run on four hits.
For the Dodgers offensively, Yasiel Puig is moved to the leadoff spot for today’s contest. as he has been struggling of late. Puig has struggled of late but is a career .545 hitter against Stults in his career.
Adrian Gonzalez is also poised to do some damage at the plate. Gonzalez has two home runs with five RBIs and three doubles in his career off Stults. With a left-hander on the mound, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has inserted plenty of right-handed batters in the lineup.
Among them is Darwin Barney, who starts at second base. Barney is a lifetime .429 hitter against Stults with a home run, four doubles and four RBIs. Scott Van Slyke replaces Carl Crawford in left field.
Like Ryu, Juan Uribe was reinstated from the DL Sunday and starts at third base, which moves Justin Turner back to the bench. Los Angeles enters today’s game with a 2.5-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West Standings.
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