National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 15th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (64-53) at Pittsburgh Pirates (64-52), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.88)
Pittsburgh - Wandy Rodriguez (7-11, 3.91)
(Sports Network) - Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton
Kershaw aims to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers unbeaten against Pittsburgh in
2012 when they visit PNC Park tonight for game three of a four-game set with
Los Angeles, which swept a three-game series in California in April, made it
two straight in the current Pennsylvania-based matchup on Tuesday when Hanley
Ramirez finished with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored, while Chad
Billingsley continued his post-All-Star break roll in an 11-0 win.
Billingsley (9-9) won his fifth straight decision, giving up just five hits
with five strikeouts and one walk over eight shutout frames.
He received plenty of support, as Luis Cruz finished with three hits and three
runs batted in and Matt Kemp had two hits, two runs scored and one driven in
for the Dodgers, who have won three straight and five of six overall.
"(Cruz has) been good since he came up. The ball jumps off this kid's bat,"
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Kevin Correia (9-7) took the loss, giving up six runs - five earned - on seven
hits with three strikeouts and one walk over six frames.
Garrett Jones, one game after registering four hits and three RBI, doubled in
the loss, Pittsburgh's fifth in the last six games.
"(Billingsley has) been effective. He's been on a roll," Pirates manager Clint
The win kept the Dodgers tied with San Francisco atop the NL West Division,
while the loss pushed the Pirates six games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the
Kershaw, who won 21 games last season, has won three straight in July/August
after falling to 7-6 on the year with an 8-2 defeat at St. Louis on July 24.
He rebounded for a complete-game blanking of San Francisco five days later and
has since beaten the Chicago Cubs and Miami in a pair of August starts.
In the three wins, Kershaw has allowed just three runs on 11 hits in 22 1/3
innings, lowering his earned run average from 3.14 to 2.86.
Pittsburgh counters with lefty Wandy Rodriguez, who makes his fourth attempt
at a first victory in a Pirates uniform.
The 33-year-old Dominican was 7-9 in 21 starts with Houston before heading to
Pittsburgh in a four-player deal on July 24.
He got a no-decision against the Astros in his first Pirates assignment on
July 28 and has since dropped games to Cincinnati and Arizona while allowing
14 hits and seven runs in 13 innings.
In 12 career meetings with the Dodgers, Rodriguez is 5-4 with a 2.21 ERA.
The Dodgers won last year's season series, 6-2. Pittsburgh last won the season
series in 2000.
08/15 10:46:19 ET