Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (4-0, 1.39) vs. Kyle Lohse, RHP (1-3, 3.21).
Dodgers: 21-15 (1st place NL West, 1.5 GA, W1)
Reds: 15-21 (6th and last place NL Central, 10.0 GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Returning to Florida on Monday to face his former team, Penny was about as overpowering as he’d been as a Dodger. He struck out a career-high 14, the most for a Dodgers pitcher in seven years. Penny walked none and didn't allow a runner to advance past second base. He’s just a tick away from the best ERA in the National League and appears headed toward a second-straight All-Star berth.
Reds: Lohse was charged with three earned runs and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings in his outing on Monday, walking two and striking out two. He lost to Roy Oswalt and the Astros, 5-4, after Todd Coffey gave up a three-run homer in the eighth. Lohse retired 10 in a row at one point and has had back-to-back strong outings.
- Last night at Dodger Stadium, the only fireworks came after the game, with the Dodgers in the locker room. It was great to get the victory, thanks to Randy Wolf's domination and 11 strikeouts--but if the Dodgers think that two runs scored in the bottom of the first inning are going to cut it against a real team, they're kidding themselves. Luckily for us, we've got the Reds for two more games here at the Ravine.
- We're still waiting for that lineup shakeup that Grady Little promised two days ago. Inside the Dodgers (MLB) says that tonight we'll trot out the same lineup we've been using for the last two weeks (including last night). If Little doesn't do something soon, we're going to be as distressed as the caps we are giving away tonight (before you think it's "free," consider that you'll have to watch a trailer of "The Sandlot 2: Heading Home." Believe me, the least they can do for you after inflicting that pain is give you a baseball cap.)