Dodgers start Randy Wolf, LHP (7-3, 3.68) vs. Greg Maddux, RHP (4-3, 3.92).
Dodgers: 34-24 (3rd place NL West, 0.5 GB, L1)
Padres: 34-23 (T-1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W3)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Wolf picked up his seventh victory, defeating the Pirates in his last start, but it wasn't pretty. He trailed in the first inning, could not protect a 4-2 lead and still came away with the win because Russell Martin slugged a tie-breaking homer. Wolf needed 95 pitches to get through only five innings and four of the seven hits he allowed went for extra bases. It matched his shortest start of the season and equaled the amount of runs he'd allowed in the previous four starts.
Padres: Maddux rebounded nicely from two rough starts that saw him allow a combined 10 earned runs on 21 hits. But he allowed just two runs (one unearned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Pirates on May 31. Maddux was hit hard early but he appeared to get his touch back as the game went on. He walked just one batter and struck out four.
- Last night's game was painful to watch, as we looked like idiots at the plate against Princeton Tiger Chris Young (a collegiate affiliation Vin Scully made only about 85 times during the broadcast; so what, he's from an socially insular ivy league school--should we have a parade?). Young was good, but the Dodgers were worse, including tripping and falling between second and third (if it wasn't Russell Martin doing so, we'd be livid; Martin can catch a break after bobbing and weaving at first during the entirety of a long Andre Ethier at-bat). But when the top four in the order go 1-for-14, you're not going to win many games.
- A hearty welcome back to Jason Schmidt, who pitched six innings of no-run, one-hit ball with four Ks. We need him.
- Have we mentioned that we continue to swing at the first pitch, even when pitchers appear to be laboring? It's really frustrating to watch.