The Los Angeles Dodgers came away victorious in the series opener against the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Clayton Kershaw was once again brilliant, allowing one earned run over eight innings of work.
Taking the hill for the Dodgers is Roberto Hernandez. In his five games with the Dodgers, Hernandez is 2-2 and he has an overall record of 8-10 this season with a 4.00 ERA. The Dodgers lost his last start against the Washington Nationals, in which he allowed five earned runs in 4.1 innings. After not allowing a single home run in his first four starts as a Dodger, the right-hander allowed four in his last start.
Hernandez has faced the Padres twice in his career and once with the Dodgers. In his outing as a Dodger, Hernandez allowed three earned runs and eight hits in five innings and suffered a loss.
The Padres counter Hernandez with power right-hander Andrew Cashner. The Texas native is 2-7 with a 2.39 ERA this season, but his record doesn’t tell the full story. The Padres’ pitching staff has been a strong group this season, but has been undone by the lack of run support. Cashner, who has only allowed more than two earned runs once in his past 10 games, will look to tie the series for the Padres.
In his career, the four-year veteran has made five starts against the Dodgers. In those games, Cashner is 0-2 with a 1.37 ERA. This season, the 27 year old is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers.
Manager Don Mattingly sends out the same lineup as Monday’s game, with the only difference being Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe switching spots in batting the order.
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