Well, if the Dodgers want to do something to Carlos Quentin they'll have their chance tonight. He's back in the cleanup spot after missing a game due to a sore shoulder from running into a wall like some kind of hero. Q will be facing old man Ted Lilly. The two have a history; Quentin has gone 3-8 with two doubles and two walks against the jowly left hander.
Jesus Guzman, and Mark Kotsay have also hit Lilly well over the years. Penciled in the eight hole, Guzman will look to improve on his .429/ .556/ .429 slash line in nine PA against Lilly. Kotsay is 4-9 with a triple, a homer, a walk, and a pair of RBI versus the lefty but will be starting the game on the bench. Of the rest of San Diego's hitters, Chase Headley has the most success against Lilly, going 7-24 with three doubles, three walks, and eight strikeouts.
Clayton Richard will be starting for the Padres. He's coming off of his first win of the season after an 0-5 start. Oddly enough, that win came in his first relief appearance since becoming a Padre in 2009. Prior to that he lost four straight starts while surrendering at least five earned runs in each.
Richard has faced a number of Dodgers starters a number of times and the results often haven't been pretty. Hanley Ramirez is a ridiculous 9-10 with a double, walk, and a pair of RBI. Adrian Gonzalez has dinked him to death, going 8-10 with no extra base hits. Nick Punto is 5-8 and Juan Uribe has gone 11-28 for a .393 BA, with a double, triple, three homers, three walks, and six RBI.
The whole thing sounds like a runfest waiting to happen. I just hope that we end up with more of 'em than they do. Oh, and that they don't go after Quentin's head. That would be terrible.
Dodgers lead the series 1-0
WP: Stephen Fife (1 - 0)
SV: Brandon League
LP: Eric Stults (4 - 5)
|1 - 2 loss|
|Wed 06/05||7:10 PM PDT|