The hard-throwing right-hander hopes to begin living up to his previous reputation when the Arizona Diamondbacks shoot for a three-game sweep of the offensively challenged Los Angeles Dodgers at Bank One Ballpark.
Schilling, who was on the DL for nearly a month and a half due to a broken hand, is just 1-2 in three starts since making his return on July 12. He yielded three runs and nine hits over seven innings in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss at San Francisco, dropping his season record to a disappointing 5-5.
“It’s a loss,” Schilling said after striking out seven and walking one. “I didn’t make pitches. It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else to say. … We’ve just got to find a way to get the job done. Somebody’s got to step up and get the job done.”
Schilling may fare better against Los Angeles’ anemic offense. The Dodgers, who are second to last in the majors in both team batting average (.242) and runs scored (361), have managed just two runs in 35 innings over their last three games.
On Saturday, Elmer Dessens drove in Arizona’s lone run and pitched seven strong innings as the Diamondbacks held on for a 1-0 victory. Having entered the series on a five-game losing streak, Arizona has taken two in a row from Los Angeles by a combined score of 3-1.
“We’ll have to come out tomorrow and see what we have to do change it around,” Los Angeles’ Andy Ashby said. “We’re going to score runs. It’s just that we came up short today.”
The teams have scored a total of 13 runs in their last five meetings.
Los Angeles has lost six of its last eight.
STANDINGS (through July 25): Dodgers - 3rd place, 13 GB, NL West. Diamondbacks - 2nd place, 10 1/2 GB, NL West.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Hideo Nomo (11-8, 2.78 ERA). Nomo has won consecutive starts, yielding one earned run and eight hits over 13 innings. The Japanese right-hander surrendered two runs—one earned—and six hits over seven innings in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Colorado. Nomo is 3-4 with a 2.79 ERA in nine career starts against Arizona.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Schilling (5-5, 3.07 ERA). Schilling is 13-5 with five complete games and a 2.94 ERA in 31 career appearances, including 26 starts, against Los Angeles.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .296 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 21 HRs and 52 RBIs; Shawn Green, 54 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs. Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .316 avg., 18 HRs, 69 RBIs and 69 runs; Steve Finley and David Dellucci, 8 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Diamondbacks, 6-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - OF Roberts was activated from the DL Saturday after being sidelined for 23 days with a hamstring injury. … RHP Nomo is 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 10 road starts this year. … OF Green is hitting .278 (10-for-36) with two homers and nine strikeouts in his career against RHP Schilling. Diamondbacks - 3B Shea Hillendbrand is riding an 11-game hitting streak. … SS Alex Cintron went 0-for-3 Saturday, ending his 11-game hitting streak. … OF Gonzalez has hit safely in 10 straight games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 24-25 on the road; Diamondbacks - 30-21 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; INF Ron Coomer (dizziness), 15-day DL; 1B Fred McGriff (abductor), 15-day DL; OF Brian Jordan (knee), 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.