Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (3-0, 1.37) vs. Russ Ortiz, RHP (2-1, 4.35).
Dodgers: 13-8 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, L3) Giants: 11-8 (2nd place NL West, 1.0 GB, W7)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny pitched into the seventh inning in his outing against the Pirates on Saturday, but his command in the early going cost him his fourth win of the season. Penny walked three batters in the third inning and struggled to locate his fastball early in the game. Penny is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Giants this season.
Giants: There were some questions surrounding Ortiz in Spring Training, but three weeks into the season he has managed to erase most of the concerns. The veteran picked up his second win of the season against Arizona on Friday, allowing two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Ortiz didn't have the most successful outing in a loss against the Dodgers on April 7, giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings.
- Can Penny be the stopper? Tonight we'll find out as he matches up against Delino's favorite pitcher, Russ Ortiz. Given that we've dropped games to the #3 and #4 starters in the rotation, guaranteeing our second series loss of the year, it would be a minor victory to salvage a win against the Giants' #5.
- As Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts pointed out yesterday, we've had the tying runs on base in the ninth in the first two games of our three-game losing streak, and last night Olmedo Saenz left his right-field pavilion to represent the tying run at the plate in the eighth. In all three games, though, we've come up short of the timely hit. A loss tonight would negate our three-game sweep of the Giants in SF earlier this month. Tonight, we've gotta get the win.
- If you're going to the game tonight, please get there early as it's the fourth sellout of the year, in honor of Nomar Bobblehead Night. And bring comfortable shoes for your walk to the stadium...
The lineup, from Inside the Dodgers:
Betemit grabs the 7 slot, kicking Ethier down to the 8. Interesting that Grady may be trying to not make the 8-9 slots two automatic outs.