National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 12th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (61-53) at Miami Marlins (52-62), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Chris Capuano (10-8, 3.29)
Miami - Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 1.50)
(Sports Network) - Veteran lefty Chris Capuano will try to pitch the Los
Angeles Dodgers back into first place on Sunday, when they visit the Miami
Marlins for the finale of a three-game weekend series at Marlins Park.
The Dodgers entered Saturday's middle game in a tie with the San Francisco
Giants atop the National League's West Division, but fell a game back when
they lost to Miami, 7-3.
Meanwhile, San Francisco beat Colorado, 9-3.
In Miami, Justin Ruggiano capped a four-run fifth inning with an RBI single
and Carlos Lee had two RBI and a run scored for the Marlins, who bounced back
from a 5-2 loss in the series opener on Friday.
Donovan Solano, Nick Green, John Buck and Gorkys Hernandez each drove in a
Miami starter Ricky Nolasco (9-11) gave up two runs on nine hits over five
innings to pick up the win.
Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Shane Victorino had an RBI apiece for the Dodgers.
Joe Blanton (8-10), making his second start for Los Angeles, allowed four runs
on six hits over five innings to take the loss.
"It just kind of happened, and it happened quick," said Blanton, who had a
one-hitter through 4 1/3 innings.
Capuano, who'll turn 34 next week, was an 18-game winner for the Milwaukee
Brewers in 2005, but stumbled to 11 wins the following season and won just
nine more times through the end of 2010.
He resurrected his career with the New York Mets and won 11 times for them in
2011, then signed a three-year deal with the Dodgers in the offseason that
could pay him as much as $15 million.
The Massachusetts native was 9-2 after a June 23 defeat of the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim but has won just once in eight starts since - an 8-5 defeat
of the Mets on July 21 in which he allowed three runs in seven innings.
In three starts since that triumph he's taken three more losses while allowing
26 hits and 13 runs in 17 1/3 innings, swelling his earned run average from
2.81 to 3.29.
Miami replies with fellow lefty Wade Leblanc, who makes his third start of
August after beginning the season with 11 consecutive bullpen appearances in
The Louisiana native was 1-1 with a hold and a 1.15 ERA in 15 2/3 innings of
relief work, holding his opponents to zero runs in nine of 11 games.
He debuted as a starter in 2012 on Aug. 1 and pitched 4 1/3 innings of one-run
ball in Miami's 4-2 victory. He followed up with a four-inning stint against
the Mets on Aug. 7 and allowed another run in four innings of another 4-2
Leblanc started 14 games for the San Diego Padres in 2011 and had a 5-6 record
with a 4.63 ERA in 79 2/3 innings.
He's 1-6 in eight career starts against the Dodgers.
This is the first series of 2012 between the teams, which split six meetings
last season. The Marlins won four of six games against the Dodgers in 2010.
08/12 10:36:57 ET