San Diego Padres (60-75) at Los Angeles Dodgers (80-55), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Tyson Ross (3-7, 3.05)
Los Angeles - Zack Greinke (13-3, 2.86)
(Sports Network) - Zack Greinke looks to follow up an outstanding August by
pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers to a sweep of the San Diego Padres on Sunday
in the finale of a three-game series.
Greinke won all five of his outings last month, posting a 1.23 earned run
average. He struck out 30 batters and gave up just five runs and eight walks
in 36 2/3 innings.
The righty capped the month with a victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday. He
took a shutout into the eighth inning, but was lifted after allowing a two-run
double with two outs in the frame. He still improved to 13-3 with a 2.86 ERA
in 22 starts this season.
"It was a fun night. My location was really good and the defense was good,"
Greinke said. "I don't know how much better I could have done. It was
frustrating not to get that final out. I just couldn't finish it."
Greinke, who is 7-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 11 home starts this season, will face
the Padres for the fourth time in his career. He is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA
against them, with the lone no-decision coming on April 11 in San Diego.
It was that game, the 29-year-old's second start of the year, in which Greinke
suffered a broken left collarbone during a benches-clearing brawl after he hit
San Diego's Carlos Quentin with a pitch.
That held Greinke out of action until May 15 and he fired eight innings of
one-run ball to win a return trip to San Diego on June 22.
The Padres counter with Tyson Ross, who has been solid since getting shifted
to the rotation. He has made seven straight starts, going 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA.
However, the 26-year-old has allowed eight earned runs over 12 1/3 innings of
back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Arizona. He has fanned 12 in that span
while allowing 13 hits and four walks.
Ross took a 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday, leaving him 3-7 with a
3.05 ERA in 29 games (10 starts) this season.
"I thought he threw the ball well. They put the bat on the ball and some
grounders found some holes. We just couldn't get any runs," Padres manager Bud
The 26-year-old Ross made one of his earlier starts this season versus the
Dodgers and did not get a decision on April 17 after giving up a run over 4
2/3 innings. He is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three lifetime meetings, including
the one start.
The Dodgers have won three straight and edged out the Padres for a 2-1 victory
last night. San Diego held a one-run lead before Adrian Gonzalez tied the game
with a run-scoring hit in the seventh and a pinch-hitting Mark Ellis brought
home Skip Schumaker with a single for the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Brian Wilson tossed one scoreless inning to get the victory in relief of Chris
Capuano, who struck out seven and allowed a run on eight hits over seven
"Cap was great," said manager Don Mattingly. "He pitched so well and kept us
in the game."
The Dodgers wrapped August with a 23-6 record, a Los Angeles record for the
month, and are 10 1/2 games ahead of Arizona for first place in the NL West.
Andrew Cashner started for San Diego and surrendered just a run on 10 hits
while striking out seven over seven innings.
"I just told myself it was a playoff atmosphere and to keep making my
pitches," Cashner, who did not get a decision, told San Diego's website.
Ronny Cedeno plated the Padres' lone run with a solo home run in the fourth
inning, but San Diego lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Rolling to a playoff berth, the Dodgers added veteran infielder Michael Young
on Saturday night from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league
left-hander Rob Rasmussen.
Young will add a right-handed presence to Los Angeles' bench and hit .276 in
126 games with the Phillies this season. He will be eligible for the Dodgers'
The Dodgers have won four straight versus the Padres to grab an 8-7 edge in
the season series.
09/01 10:26:07 ET
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