The Dodgers send LHP Rich Hill (2-2, 4.09 ERA) to the mound to face the Brewers’ RHP Matt Garza (2-2, 3.98 ERA). Hill went five innings in his last start and threw 86 pitches, the most he’s thrown all year. He got the win against the Cardinals. Garza has lost two straight and given up ten runs in the 11 innings he pitched in those games.
This day in Dodgers’ history:
1989 In a 22-inning game played at the Astrodome, Houston beats the Dodgers, 5-4, when Rafael Ramirez’ run-scoring single plates Bill Doran to end the contest at 2:50 a.m., seven hours and 14-minutes after it started. The longest game in National League history features L.A. center fielder John Shelby going 0-for-10 and southpaw Fernando Valenzuela finishing the game at first base.
Lineup when available.
Today's Dodger lineup at Brewers: Utley 2B Seager SS Grandal C González 1B Bellinger LF Taylor CF Hernández 3B Puig RF Hill P pic.twitter.com/OIkbwhCJ2h
Two righthanded fathers (Garza, six kids; Maeda, one) go at each other this afternoon. The Brewers’ Matt Garza (0-0, 2.25 ERA) is making only his second start of the year; he missed the first ten weeks with a strained right lat muscle. In his first start he went four innings, gave up one run, struck out five and walked only one. His opposite number, Kenta Maeda (6-4, 2.75 ERA) took a line drive off his shin his last time out; the team insists there was no lasting damage and he’s good to go.
Howie Kendrick is 8-15 lifetime against Garza.
Utley 2B Seager SS Turner 3B González 1B Thompson RF Pederson CF Kendrick LF Ellis C Maeda P
The Brewers ask Matt Garza to win in his first career start against the Dodgers, while Zack Greinke tries to win after a Dodgers’ loss, which he’s done at least 3 times this season. He’s 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA against the Brewers, but by dint of his short career in a Brewers’ uniform he’s won 15 and lost only 2 at Miller Park. Which fact will prevail?
Tonight's #Dodgers lineup vs the Brewers:
Now that Tanaka-san decided to try his luck with the Yankees, what do the Dodgers do? Do they really need another starter?
Yes, yes: “You can never have too much pitching.” And it’s true that after Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu the Dodgers have questions. Will Haren return to his earlier form, or is he now a .500 pitcher? Will Beckett and Billingsley recover fully from their respective injuries? Who knows?
Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Garza and Bronson Arroyo, among others, remain unsigned. Santana and Jimenez received qualifying offers, which means that landing them would cost the Dodgers a draft pick. That seems unlikely, given the team’s imperative to rebuild the farm system gutted by Frank McCourt. Neither Garza nor Arroyo received qualifying offers, which could put them in play.
I dunno. I think they need to get Hanley Ramirez’s contract extended before offering more money to any of those guys.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN both Tweet that the Dodgers have signed ex-Angel Chone Figgins to a minor league contract and invited him to camp as a non-roster guy. If he’s got anything at all left (he sat out last year and is 36 years old) he could be one of the utility guys the Dodgers desperately need.