Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (3-0, 1.95) vs. Livan Hernandez, RHP (2-1, 3.94).
Dodgers: 15-11 (2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, L1)
Diamondbacks: 16-11 (1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W6)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny had to escape a couple jams against the Giants, but he kept Barry Bonds in the ballpark while allowing three runs in six innings of a no-decision. For as hard as he throws, Penny isn't striking out many batters, but he's given his club a chance to win every one of his starts. He's 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA lifetime against Arizona.
Diamondbacks: Hernandez gave up a three-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning of his last start, but held the Padres scoreless in his final six innings of work. The veteran was mad at himself after the first because he hung a 67-mph curveball to Gonzalez. The D-backs wound up winning the game, 7-4, thanks to a two-homer performance by first baseman Tony Clark. Hernandez has had just one bad outing this year, and it came on April 19 when he allowed seven runs in five innings to the Padres at PETCO Park.
- After looking flatter than a pancake last night in a 9-1 loss to the Diamondbacks, we'll see if the Dodgers can counter the streaking Snakes (winners of their last six) with a rested Russell Martin and Brad Penny on the mound. The Dodgers' first test against a quality Arizona starter fared poorly; we'll see if we have any more success against Arizona's #2, Livan Hernandez.
- Just as a reminder, we will have to win the last two games of this series to win the series as well as get back into first place heading into a weekend series in Atlanta.
- UPDATE: Vin Scully is back in the booth tonight, according to ITD/MLB. Vin missed last night due to a personal issue, leaving Rick Monday solo on radio to wax nostalgically for hours while only mentioning the score twice during the game.
From Inside the Dodgers, tonight's lineup: