The Los Angeles Dodgers—losers of six of seven—will try to put some runs on the board to back Hideo Nomo, who goes for his fourth straight win in the opener of a three-game set with the San Diego Padres.
Nomo has been virtually unhittable since falling to 6-6 with a tough 2-1 loss to Kansas City on June 4.
He has gone 3-0 over his last four starts, allowing just 14 hits and three earned runs to lower his ERA to 2.41—third best in the National League.
The rest of the Los Angeles pitching staff has been nearly as strong, surrendering three runs or less in 17 of the last 18 games. The same can’t be said for the Dodgers’ lineup, which has scored just 2.2 runs over the last 10 games.
Their team batting average dipped to .245 after a three-game sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Angels this past weekend. They scored just two runs.
Starter Odalis Perez was displeased with the lack of run support after falling to 4-7 with a 3-1 loss in Sunday’s finale.
“We’ve been doing that a lot this year. I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he said. “If we really want to go to the playoffs, we need those guys doing something. If we keep playing the way we’re playing, there’s no way for us to go anywhere.
The Dodgers’ 277 runs scored are second to last in the majors behind Detroit’s 247.
“We need to start producing runs, or start getting somebody who can do it,” Perez added. “All of the pressure is on the pitching staff, and that’s not fair. We’re frustrated because we want to win.”
The Padres rallied to beat Seattle 8-6 on Sunday to take their second series in a week from the Mariners and win for the third time in four games.
On June 20 White hit a two-out grand slam in the ninth to lift the Padres to a 5-3 win over the Mariners.
Brian Lawrence takes the mound for the Padres on Tuesday trying to snap a two-game losing streak. His last time out he went six innings and allowed six hits and three runs in a 5-2 loss to Colorado.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 21 1/2 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 2nd place, 3 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Lawrence (4-9, 4.84 ERA). After pitching at least seven innings in six straight starts, Lawrence has pitched a total of 10 innings his last two appearances. The right-hander has been strong with a 5-3 record and a 2.19 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nomo (9-6, 2.41 ERA). With the Dodgers scoring just 2.3 runs in seven games against San Diego this season, Nomo has been dealt two losses despite surrendering just six earned runs to the Padres. The right-hander has gone seven-plus innings in all but one of his 17 starts this season. He went 5 2-3 innings in a 3-2 loss to the Padres on April 15.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Sean Burroughs, .301 avg.; White and Ryan Klesko, 15 HRs; White, 46 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 38 runs; Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .318 avg.; Fred McGriff, 10 HRs; Shawn Green, 39 RBIs and 36 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Padres, 4-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - San Diego batters are hitting .327 (16-for-49) off RHP Nomo this season … 1B Klesko is 13-for-43 (.302) in his career against Nomo but has no home runs … OF White’s two grand slam’s against the Mariners have doubled his career total. Dodgers - OF Brian Jordan is hitting .304 (7-for-23) lifetime against RHP Lawrence … the Dodgers have scored at least four runs in Nomo’s last three starts … 3B Adrian Beltre is batting .367 (11-for-30) over his last eight games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 13-28 on the road; Dodgers - 24-16 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Ramon Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL. Dodgers - LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; 1B McGriff (groin), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.