Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (6-1, 2.26) vs. Jason Simontacchi, RHP (2-2, 4.37).
Dodgers: 29-21 (T-1st place NL West (with SD), W1)
Nationals: 21-30 (5th place NL East, 12.0 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny picked up his sixth win of the season Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing just three hits while striking out four over seven innings for the win. The victory ties him for second in the NL, with eight others -- including teammate Randy Wolf -- and his 2.26 ERA ranks third in the Majors. Penny is 11-5 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 career starts against the Nationals.
Nationals: Simontacchi allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings in Washington's 12-7 win over the Reds on Wednesday at Cincinnati. The win was his first on the road as a starter since June 18, 2003, for St. Louis at Milwaukee. The three walks he allowed to the Reds were a season high. His fifth start of the season will be just the second appearance of his career against Los Angeles.
From T-Jax, the lineup:
CF Pierre -- .343 lifetime avg. vs. Nats
SS Furcal -- 14gm hit streak
C Martin -- one of six ML catchers batting .300 or better