National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, May 17th (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (23-20) at Arizona Diamondbacks (16-28), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 1.74) Arizona - Chase Anderson (1-0, 1.69)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Clayton Kershaw makes his third start since returning from the disabled list on Saturday when the Los Angeles Dodgers continue a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Kershaw, who missed more than a month with a back injury, threw a quality start on Sunday against San Francisco, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings. However, he did not get a decision in his team's 7-4 loss, but is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA.
He also gave up a home run on a curveball for the first time in his career.
"We played really good," said Kershaw. "Guys made plays, got clutch hits, played the game the right way. For me to give up the home run after we got the lead, I kind of gave it up there. For me, personally, I've got to shut it down right there."
Kershaw beat Arizona to start the year in Australia and is 8-6 lifetime against them with a 2.17 ERA in 18 starts. Although, he has lost his last four starts at Chase Field and has pitched to a 4.15 ERA in the process.
Los Angeles can only hope he delivers the way Zack Greinke did in Friday's opener. The former AL Cy Young Award winner pitched eight shutout innings and Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI to power the Dodgers to a 7-0 win.
Scott Van Slyke tacked on two hits, including a solo homer, to give the Dodgers their 15th win in the last 19 games against Arizona.
"We got contributions from all over," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It was a good game for us."
Greinke (7-1) allowed five hits, walked two and had six strikeouts to give the Dodgers their record seventh straight road win over the Diamondbacks. That includes the two contests in Australia to start this season.
Greinke has given up two or fewer runs in 21 straight starts, the longest such stretch for any MLB pitcher since at least 1914. He's gone 14-2 since the streak began.
Puig, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games, has at least one extra-base hit and one RBI in each of his last seven contests.
Wade Miley (3-4) yielded seven hits and four runs in six innings for Arizona, which fell to 1-8 this season against the Dodgers.
"He was just unable to command the zone unlike the guy from the other side," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Miley. "It's inconsistency, he has to keep the ball down."
Tonight, Arizona will turn to righty Chase Anderson, who will be making the second start of his big league career. Anderson was terrific in his debut on Saturday against Chicago, as he held the White Sox to a run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out six and walked a batter.
05/17 10:27:10 ET