Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (2-0, 0.68 ERA) vs. Edgar Gonzalez, RHP (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
Dodgers: 8-4 (2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, W1)
Diamondbacks: 9-4 (1st place NL West, W2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny needed 65 pitches to get through three innings Wednesday against the Rockies, but then found the strike zone and made it into the seventh inning. He walked the bases loaded in the first inning and escaped the jam, but closed the game by retiring 11 of the last 12 hitters he faced. Penny made a diving catch of Willy Tavares' bunt attempt in the second inning and said he pitched with a sore chest for the remainder of the game. There's no cause for concern because the soreness was on his glove side. An important realization for Penny is to sacrifice a touch of velocity for command, and when he worked in his secondary pitches the second and third time through the order, he found success to turn what could have been a dreadful start into his 11th career victory against Colorado.
Diamondbacks:Gonzalez overcame a costly three-batter lapse to keep his team in the game against the Reds on Tuesday. Leading 3-1, Gonzalez walked the pitcher, allowed a two-run homer to Josh Hamilton and then a solo shot to Brandon Phillips. After that, he didn't allow another run while lasting through the seventh in a game the D-backs won, 5-4, in 11 innings. In his previous outing, Gonzalez had struck out a career-high seven in five innings against the Nationals.
What's better than an 8-4 record? Winning three consecutive series against division rivals! The big test starts tonight against the team that many are picking to win the division: the Diamondbacks. It's only a two-game series and the Dodgers figure to avoid Brandon Webb, but any intra-division headway would be welcome.
Tonight's lineup, from Inside the Dodgers: