The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of their worst losing streak of the season. They’re hoping their ace can end it.
Brown will also be trying to break a losing streak of his own. The 38-year-old right-hander has lost consecutive starts for the first time this season.
On Friday, Brown pitched well, but the offensively challenged Dodgers failed to provide him with any support. He gave up two runs and eight hits through seven innings of a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Angels.
Providing the starters with run support is not a new problem for the Dodgers. Los Angeles, last in the National League with 278 runs, has scored three runs or fewer in eight of its last nine games. All eight have been losses.
While the Dodgers continue to slide, the Padres have won a season-high four straight games and are in position to complete their first series sweep of the season.
The Padres’ four-game winning streak is their first since last July 16-19.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 22 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 2nd place, 5 1/2 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Adam Eaton (2-7, 4.63 ERA). Eaton has lost his last three starts, allowing at least three earned runs in four consecutive outings. On Friday, he lasted just 4 2-3 innings, giving up five runs—four earned— and five hits in an 8-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners. The 25-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.85 ERA in eight career games against the Dodgers.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Brown (10-3, 2.24 ERA). In 16 career games against the Padres, Brown is 9-4 with a 3.02 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Loretta, .304 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 16 HRs and 47 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 39 runs; Shane Victorino and Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .313 avg.; Fred McGriff, 10 HRs; Shawn Green, 40 RBIs and 37 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Padres, 6-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - 1B Klesko is batting .200 (8-for-40) in his career against RHP Brown. … The Padres have won three of their last five series after not winning any of their first 16. … 2B Loretta has multiple hits in each of his last three games, going 8-for-15. Dodgers - RF Green is batting .091 (2-for-22) in his career against RHP Eaton. … CF Roberts did not play on Wednesday after aggravating a right hamstring injury on Tuesday. … The Dodgers are 24-12 when INF Jolbert Cabrera is in the starting lineup.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 15-28 on the road; Dodgers - 24-18 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; INF Ramon Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL. Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; OF Brian Jordan (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.