Dodgers start Brett Tomko, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Micah Owings, RHP (1-1, 1.59 ERA)
Dodgers: 9-4 (1st place NL West, best record in the major leagues, --GB, W2)
Diamondbacks: 9-5 (2nd place NL West, 0.5GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Tomko pitched a gem in his first start of the season, shutting out the Rockies for 6 1/3 innings, but he didn't figure in the decision. Tomko finished with nine strikeouts and surrendered only one hit in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory. He was 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts against the D-Backs last season.
Diamondbacks: With Randy Johnson soon to return, Owings will be making his case to stay in the D-backs' rotation in his third big-league start. He has allowed just two runs in 11 1/3 innings this season, succeeding with great command and location. Owings is undefeated dating back to May 23 of last season, finishing 2006 going 10-0 for Triple-A Tucson.
- This is the second game of a short (and bizarre) two-game series thanks to the wonder that is interleague play, so the Dodgers are guaranteed not to lose the series thanks to last night's 5-1 win. Tonight's team challenge will be seeing if the Dodgers can throw together a multi-run inning (all five runs last night were scored in separate innings), as well as earning a series sweep.
- It would also be nice to see if we can figure out how to pitch to Snakes outfielders Eric Byrnes and Carlos Quentin, both of whom had two doubles (and Byrnes almost had a third, if not for Ethier's diving catch).
- Congratulations to Nomar for being the first Dodger to 10 RBI; after starting the season slow he is now batting .306.