Dodgers start Brett Tomko, RHP (2-8, 5.57) vs. Barry Zito, LHP (7-10, 5.28).
Dodgers: 58-49 (2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, W1)
Giants: 46-59 (5th and last place NL West, 11.5 GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Tomko had a strange start at Coors Field. He walked the leadoff hitters in the first and second innings, and followed each by allowing homers to Matt Holliday and Troy Tulowitzki. But he also shut out the Rockies over the next four innings to keep the game relatively close. Tomko has allowed a team-high 11 home runs in 84 innings.
Geriatrics: Zito's 60-28 second-half record suggests he should be hitting his stride any day now, but he certainly didn't in his last start, and Zito is running out of second-half starts and second chances. In his last start against the Marlins on July 27, Zito immediately put the Giants in a two-run hole in the first inning. Zito came out in the fifth after allowing four more runs, six total with four walks. Zito's July ERA of 7.82 is his highest monthly ERA yet. He will open August with his second appearance of the season against the Dodgers. Back on April 8 -- in his second start as a Giant -- Zito gave up eight earned runs over six innings in a 10-4 loss to the Dodgers.
- San Diego crushed Arizona 11-0 in the day game today, cutting the D'backs' lead over the Dodgers to a slim half-game. Tonight, the media circus spends its last night in Los Angeles. The game is sold out. Who knew that the prospect of Dave Roberts' 24th career home run would create such a frenzy? (I know, this joke doesn't get any funnier. Yet I still keep using it. Sorry.)
- In all seriousness, for those of you who are going to game tonight: Brett Tomko is on the mound, so get ready for some Bonds fireworks. Tomko has alrady given up 11 HR this year, most on the Dodgers' staff, and rumors have it that Brett wants to secure his lead in this category this evening.
- Oh yeah, and be prepared to boo like hell.