National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 20th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (5-15) at Los Angeles Dodgers (11-7), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Josh Collmenter (0-1, 3.75)
Los Angeles - Josh Beckett (0-0, 4.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks give Josh Collmenter another
shot on Sunday when they wrap up a three-game series with the Los Angeles
Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Collmenter started the season in the D'backs' bullpen, but due to problems
within the starting staff manager Kirk Gibson gave him a start on Tuesday
against the New York Mets. He absorbed the loss in that one - his first start
since 2012 - and allowed three runs and five hits in four innings,
"Well, not good enough," Gibson said of Collmenter's performance. "He didn't
get the ball exactly where he wanted it. Balls were up in the zone out over
the plate, but they swung the bats well. We asked him to do a lot. I didn't
think he was really in sync tonight, but he went out there and busted his
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with righty Josh Beckett, who has yet to
record a decision in two starts this season, but is coming off a solid effort
his last time out. Beckett held the San Francisco Giants scoreless over five
innings on Tuesday, despite issuing five walks and saw his ERA dip to 4.00.
"I made two of four pitches I needed to make," said Beckett. "I burned myself
in the fourth inning with a lot of taxing pitches. It would have been nice to
give the bullpen more of a breather."
Beckett is 2-5 lifetime versus Arizona with a 3.90 ERA.
Los Angeles continued its dominance of the Diamondbacks on Saturday, as Andre
Ethier clubbed a three-run homer and the Dodgers used a five-run fifth inning
to post an 8-6 win.
Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp each went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Dodgers,
who have beaten Arizona six out of the seven meetings this season. Gonzalez
has now hit safely in 14 straight games.
"We got big hits tonight, a lot of hits back-to-back when we needed it," said
Kemp. "(Haren) did a great job. He hit his spots and helped offensively too.
(Ethier's) home run energized us."
Dan Haren (3-0) earned the win for LA, throwing 7 1/3 innings and allowing
five runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with five strikeouts.
"I was trying to attack the strike zone," said Haren. "Everything that could
go wrong went wrong in the third but our offense stepped up and got some good
at-bats. I was able to get through seven. I was happy to give our bullpen a
Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt each had two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who
saw starter Mike Bolsinger (0-1) surrender seven runs -- six earned -- over
four-plus innings of work.
04/20 10:28:00 ET