Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (8-6, 3.14) vs. Brandon Webb, RHP (7-5, 3.24).
Dodgers: 44-33 (1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W2)
Diamondbacks: 44-34 (T-2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, L2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Lowe celebrated his anniversary of 10 years of Major League service on Friday in style. He continued his recent dominant trend on the hill and held the Rays to one hit, a double in the third, through his first 4 1/3 innings of work. The righty also fanned five and walked one for his eighth win of the season. Lowe is now 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in June.
Diamondbacks: Webb has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his past six starts. He brought what he called "some of the better stuff I've had probably all year" into his last outing, on Friday against the Orioles. A three-error second inning, however, contributed to a seven-run night over five innings, his season high when counting unearned runs. Webb had seven strikeouts and seven groundouts to one flyout in the outing, so he still had good stuff. In seven innings of a victory on April 30 against the Dodgers, he yielded just one run.
- After two wins in two games versus the Snakes, including last night's remarkable game-winning extra-inning first-major-league HR from Dodger rookie Tony Abreu, the Dodgers finally meet the heart of the Arizona starting lineup in Brandon Webb, followed by an equally daunting Randy Johnson Thursday. We'll definitely need the continued help of SoSG fave James Loney, who stroked three hits, including a 2-run HR and a double, accounting for three of the Dodgers' six RBI.
- On the other hand, we could use less of the albatross of Nomar Garciaparra, whose 0-for-5 night and 8 LOB exemplify how sad his struggles have become. When you intentionally walk Luis Gonzalez in the ninth inning to bring up a bases-loaded situation for Nomar, that is a sad sad state. When Nomar strikes out for the third out, it's an even sadder state. Let's hope Nomar can break out of his funk soon and return to form.
UPDATE 4.38p: The lineup, from Tony "Action" Jackson:
Yikes, Nomar is in the seven-hole. I feel bad for him. Grady acknowledged that he is struggling, but I don't recall this sort of move working for Dusty with Sammy Sosa, either.
In other news, the Padres beat the Giants in an afternoon game, so technically we are tied for first going into tonight's game vs. the Snakes.