National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, September 3rd
(All times eastern)
San Diego Padres (62-73) at Los Angeles Dodgers (72-63), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Andrew Werner (1-1, 3.00)
Los Angeles - Joe Blanton (9-12, 4.95)
(Sports Network) - Joe Blanton hasn't done much since joining the Los Angeles
Dodgers, but can keep them in the hunt for a playoff spot with a decent outing
on Monday in the opener of a three-game series versus the San Diego Padres.
Blanton is 1-3 with a 6.67 earned run average through five starts with the
Dodgers since coming via trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. He won his
first game with the club in Wednesday's 10-8 triumph over Colorado, as he held
the Rockies to three runs in 7 1/3 innings even though he gave up 10 hits.
The right-hander is 9-12 with a 4.95 earned run average in 26 games (25
starts) overall this season and lost to the Padres back on April 22 at Petco
Park. Blanton is 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA in six career starts against them.
Los Angeles hopes it doesn't need late-inning heroics this evening much like
it did in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the conclusion of
a four-game series at Chavez Ravine. Newcomer Adrian Gonzalez plated both Mark
Ellis and Shane Victorino with a double in the bottom of the ninth inning to
earn a split of the series.
"To finish the game like that is amazing. Give credit to the guys getting on
before me," Gonzalez said of his hit off of D-backs reliever J.J. Putz. "I was
looking for a fastball. When I hit it I knew it was going in the corner."
Matt Kemp homered and relief pitcher Ronald Belisario earned the victory with
a scoreless ninth inning. Dodgers starter Chris Capuano was reached for three
runs over the first five innings.
Los Angeles is 4 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the NL West lead, but just
one-half game off the pace in the wild card standings.
The Padres had won eight in a row and 10 of 11 games before dropping the last
two installments of a three-game set in Colorado. They are coming off Sunday's
11-10 loss at Coors Field in which Chase Headley highlighted the offense with
four hits, including a two-run home run, and six RBI.
Headley is batting .339 with four homers and 16 RBI in the previous 14 games
Alexi Amarista had five hits, two RBI and two runs scored for San Diego, which
didn't get much from starter Casey Kelly. Kelly avoided a decision and was
touched for seven runs - five earned - and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Brad
Brach allowed the go-ahead runs to absorb the loss. He was victimized by a
three-run from Chris Nelson in the seventh.
"I was trying to throw a slider down and away, out of the zone," Brach said.
"I just left it up and he put a good swing on it and hit it out."
Andrew Werner will make his third major league start for San Diego tonight and
is 1-1 with an even 3.00 earned run average over his first two appearances.
Werner defeated Pittsburgh on Aug. 22 in his debut with six innings of two-run
ball, then did the same against Atlanta last Tuesday in a 2-0 loss. Werner, a
left-hander, did strikeout seven Braves with no walks. He now will get his
first taste of the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 8-4 against San Diego this season.
09/03 10:21:06 ET