National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 5th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (26-32) at Los Angeles Dodgers (25-32), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Jason Marquis (6-2, 3.82)
Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 1.85)
(Sports Network) - Yasiel Puig has added some much-needed production to the
Los Angeles Dodgers' offense, but it wouldn't be a surprise if pitching led
the club to a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
That's because ace and 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is
scheduled to take the mound and is among the league leaders in earned run
The left-hander is winless over his last two starts, dropping a 5-3 decision
to St. Louis on May 26 prior to Friday's no-decision at Colorado. Kershaw
yielded three runs over seven-plus innings on that day, tagged for eight hits
and a pair of walks.
Kershaw admitted afterward to not being in top form.
"I didn't have a whole lot," he told his club's official website. "My fastball
was not good, command not great. Kind of fought my way through it."
Still, the 25-year-old went at least seven innings for the 10th time in 12
starts this season and is 5-3 on the year with a 1.85 ERA.
Kershaw has a career ERA of 2.41 over 18 previous meetings with San Diego,
producing an 8-4 record, but was roughed up for five runs -- three earned --
over 5 1/3 frames of a loss the last time he faced the club on April 17 at
home. Kershaw yielded solo homers to Kyle Blanks, Everth Cabrera and Chris
While Kershaw usually dazzles on the mound, Puig has begun his major league
career with a bang at the plate. The 22-year-old Cuban defector dominated
Double-A this season after signing a seven-year, $42 million deal last June.
With Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford both on the disabled list due to injury, Puig
made his MLB debut in Monday's victory, logging a pair of hits in four at-
bats. He then homered twice and drove in five runs to key last night's 9-7
"Those were two impressive home runs there," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
remarked. "We see a little bit of just everything this guy can do. Power both
ways. He's fun to watch."
Tim Federowicz added a two-run shot and Luis Cruz notched an RBI double and
two runs scored for the Dodgers, who had lost four of five before this series.
After missing Monday's opener, San Diego outfielder Carlos Quentin homered
among his three hits in his first game back in Los Angeles since inciting a
benches-clearing brawl on April 11 after getting hit by a Zack Greinke pitch.
Greinke suffered a broken collarbone when Quentin charged the mound and the
Padres outfielder was suspended for eight games.
Blanks belted a two-run homer and Denorfia smacked a solo shot and finished
with two RBI for the Padres, who have lost three straight.
These two clubs have now split eight meetings this season and the Dodgers will
be looking to avenge a three-game sweep by the Padres in Los Angeles from
The Padres will try to avoid the sweep behind veteran hurler Jason Marquis,
who has not lost since April 22.
The 34-year-old righty won five straight starts prior to consecutive no-
decisions. Versus Toronto on Friday, he allowed three runs on seven hits and
four walks over 5 1/3 innings.
Free passes have been an issue for Marquis, who has walked at least four in
eight of his 11 starts this season, but has still gone 6-2 with a 3.82 ERA.
Marquis is 7-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 17 lifetime meetings with the Dodgers, all
but one of those starts. He won in Los Angeles on April 16, allowing a run
over 7 2/3 innings.
06/05 10:26:38 ET