Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (13-1, 2.51) vs. Noah Lowry, LHP (11-7, 3.40).
Dodgers: 57-48 (T-1st place NL West, L2)
Giants: 45-58 (5th and last place NL West, 11.0 GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny left his last start with stomach cramps -- suffered while legging out an infield single -- but he thought the Coors Field altitude was a contributing factor and said he could have continued. And he wanted to, as Penny continued his personal mastery over the Rockies. This year, however, Penny seems to have mastered the entire league. He's on an eight-game win streak.
Bonds and the Old Folks Sideshow: Lowry is always at his best in AT&T Park, and he blazed through another home start in his last appearance against the Braves. After a 13-inning game, Lowry needed to go deep, and he did, lasting eight innings and giving up just one earned run in the first inning. Lowry coaxed the Braves into 11 groundouts and induced three double plays. It was his 100th Major League appearance, and Lowry picked up his 11th win, which tied him for most wins by a left-hander in the National League. Lowry has faced Los Angeles three times this season and emerged with a 1-2 record and 4.40 ERA.
- Penny is taking the mound hurt, which is more than can be said for many of the other starters in the Dodger rotation. Let's hope that he can muscle is way through a solid start, and the bats can give him enough run support so we can make Prime Rib out of Lowry.
- The Dodgers have lost 7 of the last 10, and tonight hope to rebound against the worst team in the National League West.
- You know, there's supposedly something else important about this game, but I seem to have forgotten what that was. Maybe I can find a reference to this someplace else in the press (and as I write this, Pedro Gomez of ESPN has crashed onto my computer monitor to update me on Bonds' stretching rituals). But hey, if you're going to the game tonight, make sure to bring your baseballs and boo like hell!