Los Angeles (53-49) at Arizona (55-48)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 26, 2003
  • TV: FSW
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No matter how well they pitch, neither the Arizona Diamondbacks nor Los Angeles Dodgers will catch the San Francisco Giants in the NL West if they don’t do a better job of hitting.

One day after combining for just three runs and 15 hits in 15 innings, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers continue their three-game series at Bank One Ballpark.

Arizona snapped its longest losing streak of the season at six games with Friday’s 2-1 victory. Shea Hillenbrand singled home David Dellucci with the winning run off Paul Quantrill in the bottom of the 15th.

The victory kept the Diamondbacks in second place in the NL West, 11 games behind the streaking Giants, who have won nine in a row. A loss would have left Arizona with its largest deficit since finishing the 2000 season 12 games out.

Fronted by a strong starting staff that includes Randy Johnson—who was superb Friday night—and Curt Schilling, the Diamondbacks have managed just 12 runs in their last seven games.

Scoring has been the Dodgers’ problem all season, and it doesn’t seem like that will change any time soon.

Los Angeles pitchers have allowed just three runs spanning 26 innings in the last two games, and the team could only manage a split. The Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 1-0 in 11 innings Thursday on Shawn Green’s RBI single.

The Dodgers wasted eight strong innings from Odalis Perez on Friday and missed a chance to jump ahead of the Diamondbacks into second place. Instead, they are 12 1/2 games back in third.

The Dodgers are batting .242 with 361 runs, both worst in the NL and ahead of only the major league-worst Detroit Tigers (.233, 335 runs).

STANDINGS: Dodgers - 3rd place, 12 1/2 GB, NL West. Diamondbacks - 2nd place, 11 GB, NL West.

DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Andy Ashby (2-7, 5.66 ERA). On Monday, Ashby gave up four earned runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies—his third setback in as many starts. He is 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 15 career appearances, including 14 starts, against the Diamondbacks.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Elmer Dessens (5-7, 5.26 ERA). On Monday, Dessens gave up five earned runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants—his third setback in as many games. In 12 career appearances, including six starts, against the Dodgers, he is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .299 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 21 HRs and 52 RBIs; Green, 54 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs. Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .315 avg., 18 HRs, 69 RBIs and 69 runs; Steve Finley, Dellucci and Tony Womack, 8 SBs.


STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - The Dodgers are one loss away from their most in any month this season. They are 8-14 in July and went 13-14 in April. … OF Dave Roberts, out since July 2 with an injured hamstring, could be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday’s game. … Reliever Tom Martin has allowed just two hits with three walks in his last 11 games, spanning 7 1-3 scoreless innings. Diamondbacks - Arizona is 21-28 against the NL West this season. It has a winning record against only San Diego (8-6). … RHP Dessens is the only member of the team’s season-opening rotation not to miss a start this season. His 21 starts lead the team. … OF Dellucci is hitting .381 (8-for-21) lifetime against RHP Ashby. … OF Gonzalez is hitting .333 (12-for-36) with three homers and four RBIs against the Dodgers this season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 24-24 on the road; Diamondbacks - 29-21 at home.

INJURIES: Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; INF Ron Coomer (dizziness), 15-day DL; INF Fred McGriff (abductor), 15-day DL; OF Brian Jordan (knee), 15-day DL; OF Roberts (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL. Diamondbacks - RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

A. Ashby SD vs. E. Dessens NYM
3-10 Record 8-8
5.18 ERA 5.07
41 K 113
17 BB 57
1.47 WHIP 1.53