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Padres @ Dodgers Aug. 21, 2014: Kinda need this win, fellas

After last night’s lackluster effort (seriously, one run against Eric Stults?!), the Dodgers turn to that Clayton Kershaw guy to get back on track. It was just six days ago, the Dodgers were on the verge of going up a season-high 7.5 games on the Giants.

Padres
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
3B
Solarte
2B
Gordon
LF
Almonte
CF
Puig
2B
Gyorko
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Medica
RF
Kemp
C
Rivera
LF
Crawford
RF
Liriano
3B
Turner
CF
Maybin
C
Ellis
SS
Amarista
SS
Rojas
P
Ross (R)
P
Kershaw (L)

That was the night the Dodgers turned to Jamey Wright in the eighth inning and he (and Brandon League) subsequently gave up five runs. The Dodgers ultimately lost 6-3. Since that time, the Dodgers’ NL West lead is down to three games. They are dealing with a lot of injuries and injury concerns, and they’re struggling to score (17th in baseball the last 30 days). Not the most comfortable of times, that’s for sure.

The Giants are supposed to complete Tuesday’s suspended game, as well as play their regularly scheduled game with the Cubs. The first game was held up, naturally, by rain. If the Dodgers win and ‘Frisco loses both games, the Dodgers will gain 1.5 games. If the Dodgers lose and ‘Frisco wins, the Dodger lead in the division would be down to 1.5 games. That’s not something the Dodgers or their fans want to see. Thankfully, the game’s best pitcher is on the mound tonight because Zack Greinke‘s elbow isn’t quite 100 percent.

Last time out for Kershaw, he saw his personal 11-game winning streak come to an end after allowing a whole three runs in a complete-game effort against Milwaukee. Here’s this nugget from the ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account.

The odds are definitely not in San Diego’s favor tonight. Kershaw’s last appearance against the Friars saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak come to an end, thanks to now-Yankee Chase Headley. Despite that, Kershaw fired a complete-game, 11-strikeout gem. Of course, the Padres are throwing Tyson Ross, who is their unquestioned ace and one of the better up-and-coming young pitchers in the game — 2.70 ERA, 3.27 FIP, 7.5 H/9, 8.7 K/9. Expect a low-scoring affair tonight.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu threw off the bullpen mound at Dodger Stadium. He is eligible to return from the disabled list in 10 days, and the Dodgers really need him back. But, most of all, they need him healthy.

Erisbel Arruebarrena is getting the night off at shortstop. Miguel Rojas starts in his stead. I love Hanley Ramirez, but it’s so refreshing to have plus-plus/borderline elite defense at short.

Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2Fri 10/3Sat 10/4Sun 10/5Mon 10/6Tues 10/7
RP. Baez--12-26
LS. Elbert--9-11
RC. Frias---
LJ.P. Howell--109-8
RK. Jansen--20-
RB. League--212-21
RB. Wilson---9
RJ. Wright---

About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


1118 comments
Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

No one will recap this game because of the marathon. So





GOOOOOoooooooodnight ev'rybody!

KMT59
KMT59

Feel like FAPMAS Again!!!

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

Turner's beard is now in the running for best beard.

HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex
HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex

But seriously the fact that it's doomsday every time the Dodgers get down (and it's only really a few people) really gets annoying. All the time

 tomato
tomato

dodgers rallied, so casual fan, LL and eephus can lay off now

BIah
BIah

Kershaw will probably miss the Triple Crown by about 10 k's at this point

efb
efb

JUSTIN TURNER = BIG NASTY RED HEAD

wilhud
wilhud

@Hoze Is it a complete game if you don't pitch all 9 innings?

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@Hoze David Price, Dallas Keuchel, & Tyson Ross can slurp my taint.