Interleague Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, June 21st
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (42-27) at Oakland Athletics (33-36), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.86)
Oakland - Travis Blackley (1-2, 4.60)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to get a bounce-back
effort this afternoon from Clayton Kershaw and avoid a three-game sweep at the
hands of the streaking Oakland Athletics.
The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw has won just once
in his past five starts and struggled a bit in a no-decision versus the White
Sox on Friday. The left-hander was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on
a season high-tying eight hits and two walks over six innings. Kershaw allowed
two homers and fanned seven on start after striking out 12 in a win at
Kershaw is 5-3 with a 2.86 earned run average in 14 starts this season and has
faced the Athletics once before. He did not get a decision in that June 16,
2009 outing despite hurling 5 2/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball with
The 24-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 14 career interleague starts.
Going up against Kershaw for the A's with be Travis Blackley, who is coming
off his first victory since winning his major league debut on July 1, 2004
Blackley's second major league win saw him hurl six innings of two-run ball
against the Padres on Friday as he scattered five hits and a pair of walks in
a 10-2 victory. That moved him to 1-2 with a 4.60 ERA in seven outings (4
starts) since being claimed off waivers from the Giants on May 15.
Blackley faced the Dodgers as a starter back on Sept. 29, 2007 with the Giants
and then faced them twice in relief this year while with his former club. In
those two outings -- spanning two innings -- the 29-year-old southpaw gave up
four earned runs.
The Dodgers have been held to just five hits over the first two games of this
series and watched Athletics starter Tommy Milone toss the first complete game
of his career in last night's 4-1 Oakland triumph. Milone gave up one run on
three hits and a walk, retiring 22 of the final 24 batters faced.
"I have to give it to my defense tonight," said Milone. "I was throwing balls
over the plate and they were hitting them and they were making plays out
Brandon Moss crushed a solo home run -- his seventh in 13 games -- and Yoenis
Cespedes added an RBI and a run scored for the A's, who have won seven of
their last eight games.
Nathan Eovaldi remained winless on the year after giving up three runs on
seven hits and three walks over six frames to absorb the loss.
Juan Uribe plated the only Dodger run with a double in the second for Los
Angeles, which still leads San Francisco by 4 1/2 games for first place in the
National League West.
"Their pitch count has been down both nights, that means they've been throwing
strikes and forced us to swing the bat," admitted Dodgers manager Don
Mattingly. "They've kind of attacked us and really kept us down."
These two clubs are meeting in Oakland for the first time since the A's
recorded a three-game sweep from June 16-18, 2006. Oakland holds an 11-2 edge
in the series at home in interleague play.
The Dodgers did win two of three in Los Angeles in the most recent encounter
during the 2009 season.
06/21 10:32:51 ET
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