Dodgers start Mark Hendrickson, LHP (2-1, 3.22) vs. Carlos Zambrano, RHP (4-4, 5.61).
Dodgers: 28-20 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, W3)
Cubs: 21-25 (2nd place NL Central, 6.0 GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Hendrickson didn't pitch as badly as it sounds, with five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, but it was bad enough for his first loss of the season. He was done in by a three-run sixth inning, although only one of four consecutive hits was squarely struck. Nonetheless, after stepping in for Jason Schmidt with four starts in which he allowed no more than one earned run, he's been charged with seven over his past two starts.
Cubs: Zambrano is coming off a loss against the White Sox, yielding seven runs on six hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings. He seems to have his mechanics straightened out. Now, he needs to work on concentration.
- Last night's victory came gift-wrapped by the Cubs in the eighth, after they pounded the Dodgers' bullpen for seven runs in the seventh. Grady Little's premature pull of Derek Lowe after six innings, pinch hitting Wilson Betemit in the bottom of the sixth (who walked, but did not contribute to scoring), led to a parade of Dodger relievers who got crushed in the seventh. After Joe Beimel, Yhency Brazoban, and Jonathan Broxton each gave up runs (1, 3, and 2 ER, (dis)respectively), we needed Rudy Seanez to stop the bleeding. A lucky outburst of four runs in the eighth--capped by former Cub Juan Pierre's sacrifice fly for the game-winning run--gave Takashi Saito a chance to come in and close the door. All in all, a crazy game, but one that we were lucky to walk away from with a win.
- Today's game is the nationally televised game on Fox. Zambrano has been off this year and rumors are swirling that he may be hurt. Mark "Lurch" Hendrickson, on the other hand, has no rumors swirling around to deflect criticism of his performance. He's just bad. Let's hope he rises his NBA frame to the challenge this afternoon.
- Make sure you wear the sunscreen today. It's gonna be hot.
From Tony Jackson, the lineup:
Rafael Furcal is out with right knee stiffness. Doesn't sound serious. Here is the new lineup