Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (5-1, 2.54) vs. Chris Capuano, LHP (5-2, 3.72).
Dodgers: 26-20 (1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W1)
Brewers: 28-18 (1st place NL Central, 6.5 GA, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: He suffered his first loss of the year and it was a doozy, charged with eight runs in five-plus innings that nearly doubled his ERA from 1.39 to 2.54. He was competitive until the sixth inning, when the first five batters had base hits and chased him from the game. Penny did not face the Brewers when the Dodgers opened the season in Milwaukee, and he?s 2-2 with a 5.85 ERA in six career games against them.
Brewers: After going 5-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his first seven starts, Capuano is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in his last two outings. He surrendered seven hits for the second straight outing on Friday against the Twins, when he walked four batters and was tagged with six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Five of those runs scored in the third inning, when Twins rallied with three walks and two hits, including a Torii Hunter grand slam, all with two outs. He has a 2.61 ERA in seven career games against the Dodgers.
- Dodgers win! Dodgers win! (Or to quote SoSG commenter Damon, "so this is what a win feels like.") And if the Dodgers win again tonight, they will have taken three of their past four series—although after that brutal Angels series, it will have hardly felt so. Brad Penny gives us as good a chance as any to win, so all that remains to be seen is if any bats besides Russell Martin's can produce.
From Inside the Dodgers, tonight's lineup: