National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 8th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (3-0) at San Diego Padres (0-3), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Aaron Harang (0-0, 0.00)
San Diego - Clayton Richard (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Aaron Harang takes the ball for the first time as a member
of the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon when they go for a four-game sweep
against his former team, the San Diego Padres, at Petco Park.
Harang, a San Diego native, enjoyed a terrific bounce-back season last year
with the Padres, going 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 28 starts. He had won just 18
games in his three previous seasons with the Reds, including a 17-loss
campaign in 2008.
In six spring starts, Harang went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA. He's 3-4 in 10 games
(nine starts) against his former team with a 4.11 ERA.
The Padres, meanwhile, will counter with left-hander Clayton Richard, who
missed most of the second half last season because of a shoulder issue that
eventually required surgery. He ended the year 5-9 with a 3.88 ERA.
Richard, who is 4-1 lifetime versus the Dodgers, appeared healthy this spring,
but pitched to a 9.00 ERA in 14 innings.
The Dodgers improved to 3-0 on Saturday, as Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 and
knocked in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, propelling Los Angeles to a
Gordon also scored twice and stole three bases for the Dodgers, who have
started the year with three straight victories for the first time since 1999.
They haven't been 4-0 since opening their 1981 championship season with six
A.J. Ellis went 2-for-3 with a solo homer for Los Angeles. Andre Ethier and
Matt Kemp each drove in two runs.
"This was a big win for us. It kind of showed a different way that we can win
games and a lot of guys stepped up," said Ellis. "It was just a really good
Chris Capuano got the start for LA and gave up four runs on two hits and five
walks over 4 2/3 innings. Todd Coffey (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th to pick
up his first win in a Dodgers uniform.
Chase Headley, Jesus Guzman, Nick Hundley and Orlando Hudson all knocked in a
run for the Padres, who are off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 2003
and haven't lost four straight to start a year since 1994.
San Diego starter Dustin Moseley allowed five runs on five hits in five full
frames. Anthony Bass (0-1) gave up one run on two hits in two innings of
relief to take the loss.
Los Angeles won 13 of its 18 games against the Padres a season ago, including
six of the nine matchups in San Diego. A win today would give the Dodgers
their first four-game sweep in San Diego since 2001.
04/08 10:29:14 ET