Dodgers start Randy Wolf, LHP (5-3, 3.91) vs. Ben Sheets, RHP (4-2, 3.86).
Dodgers: 25-20 (1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, L4)
Brewers: 28-17 (1st place NL Central, 6.5 GA, W2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Wolf would've liked to pitch deeper into Wednesday night's win over the Cardinals. The lefty ran out of gas after five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out seven. Wolf mainly used his fastball mixing up the speed, ranging from 87-92 mph. For Wolf, this was the second consecutive win, and he now has 62 K’, good for third in the NL. He lost his first outing against the Brewers, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings.
Brewers: Sheets called his previous start his best of the season. He surrendered two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings of a Brewers win in Philadelphia and notched a season-high eight strikeouts. Sheets' strikeout numbers have improved since he made a mechanical adjustment on his curveball last month, and that bodes well as the Brewers continue what is arguably their toughest stretch of the season. Los Angeles has been a bad place for Sheets, and not just because he's 2-4 in seven starts there. He suffered the onset of a rare inner-ear condition at Dodger Stadium in 2004 and was scratched from a start against the Dodgers there in 2006 with shoulder issues that would cost him more than two months on the disabled list.
- Good-bye first place? It could be so if the Dodger bats don't show up again (if at all) until the team is already down by eight runs. But Randy Wolf has been a pleasant surprise thus far, and the bullpen is rested (except for Chad Billingsley, who got touched for three runs in 2/3 of an inning last night).
From Tony Jackson, the lineup:
CF Pierre -- 8-24 lifetime against Ben Sheets
SS Furcal -- 9-gm hitting streak (21-38)
1B Nomar -- 6-gm hitting streak, but just 6-23
LF Gonzo -- strikes out once every 18.6 PAs, second best in NL
3B Abreu -- major-league debut
LH Wolf -- 10.5 Ks/9 innings, second best in NL