National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 31st
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (22-28) at Los Angeles Dodgers (32-18), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.66)
Los Angeles - Chad Billingsley (2-3, 3.88)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers will likely be without Matt Kemp
this evening when they wrap up a four-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers at
Kemp re-injured his hamstring on Wednesday in Milwaukee's 6-3 win and will
undergo an MRI on Thursday with an almost certain return to the disabled list
"It feels worse than the first time," Kemp said."This is my first time ever
really having any hamstring problems, so I don't know how to really treat it."
Kemp, of course, had missed two weeks with the same injury before returning on
Tuesday. He had scored on a two-out double in the first inning by Andre
Ethier, but seemed to slow up after rounding third and limped into the dugout.
He was then seen snapping a bat over his knee in the dugout.
"I just felt it grab a little bit. It's hurting pretty good right now, so
we'll see what the MRI says tomorrow," said Kemp, who is hitting .355 with 12
homers and 28 RBI in 36 games. "We went through all the tests, and I was
running real hard and doing everything normal. I don't know what happened."
The Brewers won for the fifth time in seven chances on Wednesday, as Carlos
Gomez went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while Corey Hart added three
hits to put Milwaukee on the brink of its first-ever four-game sweep in L.A.
Yovani Gallardo (4-4) gave up three runs on eight hits with three walks and
eight strikeouts in six-plus innings.
Clayton Kershaw (4-3) was touched for five runs on eight hits with four walks
and seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers, who have lost three
straight for the first time this season.
Hoping to get the Dodgers back into the win column tonight will be righty Chad
Billingsley, who is 2-3 with a 3.88 ERA, but is winless in his last eight
appearances. Billingsley did not get a decision on Saturday against Houston,
as he allowed two runs and five hits in five innings.
Billingsley is 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA in eight games (6 starts).
Milwaukee, meanwhile, will turn to righty Zack Greinke, who was roughed up his
last time out. Greinke took the loss in Arizona on Saturday and surrendered
seven runs and 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings to drop him to 5-2 on the year to
go along with a 3.66 ERA.
"This was bad," Greinke said. "That was just rockets getting hit everywhere.
That was some of the worst pitching you'll ever see in your life, if you watch
Greinke has faced the Dodgers three times and is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA against
The Brewers also won two of three over the Dodgers at home from April 17-19
and have taken seven of the past nine encounters overall.
05/31 10:42:33 ET