Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (4-0, 4.01) vs. Justin Germano, RHP (5-1, 2.67).
Dodgers: 45-36 (3rd place NL West, 2.0 GB, L2)
Padres: 46-33 (1st place NL West, 1.5 GA, W4)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: In his second start as Jason Schmidt's replacement, Billingsley had even more trouble than in the first start. He allowed three home runs in four innings and needed 78 pitches to get that far with three walks and a hit batter. The high pitch count meant manager Grady Little went to his bullpen early and often, a trend that can't continue for long, because the bullpen has been thinned out since Billingsley left.
Padres: Germano got no decision in his last start against the Giants on June 25 as he allowed two runs on three hits over six innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Those two runs came in the second inning. Thereafter, Germano was sharp, as he didn't allow a run or a hit over his final four innings. As usual, the rookie was a ground-ball machine, getting 11 outs on the ground.
- Help is on the way!...or not. From Diamond Leung:
Turns out D.J. Houlton will work out of the bullpen, and Mark Hendrickson will likely return to the rotation. Before the game, Grady Little was also considering Brett Tomko a candidate, but yeah, you know the rest.