Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 3.06) vs. A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.83).
COMMENTS: It's starting to feel like Groundhog Day with the Dodgers and interleague play, as we carry our 3-10 record into what is thankfully the first of our final two interleague games of the year. Remember, we were in first place on June 11, when we started our second tour of interleague duty, and then dropped back to second as the Angels swept us. We got a respite against Cincinnati while the 28 other teams dueled interleague-style, which got us back to first place. And since then, our next seven interleague games have yielded one dismal win, dropping us back to fourth place in the division. It seems like the AL brings out the worst in the Dodgers--offensive impotence (like last night's game, where we were shutout for the last eight innings), baserunning blunders (in Wednesday's and Thursday's Angels games), and absences from Matt Kemp and Russell Martin (whose 0-fers last night have them batting .257 and .245, respectively).
Someone has got to tell the Dodgers that "interleague" does not mean "exhibition". These games count, and if Erin's transcontinental return to Dodger Stadium (see comments from last night's GameThread) isn't enough to inspire you, we'll have to resort to more destructive means, like punching holes in walls (not that we haven't already tried that (repeatedly)). Until then, I feel like I'm watching the same disastrous day over and over again. Someone run me a bath while I hold this toaster.