Kevin Brown is winless in his last five starts, but he has not received much help in that period either.
In his five-start winless streak, Brown is 0-4 with a 2.61 ERA. The Dodgers have totaled just nine runs in those five games.
On Thursday, Brown was masterful in eight scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies, allowing three hits while striking out six. He did not get a decision, as the Dodgers won 1-0 win in 11 innings.
The Dodgers, last in the National League with 362 runs, have lost three of their last four—scoring a total of two runs in those four games.
“I don’t have a lot to say,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “Our guy made one bad pitch. He pitched a great game and the bullpen did its job again.”
While Tracy is pleased with the way his bullpen has pitched in recent games, relief pitching had become a concern for Phillies manager Larry Bowa.
Vicente Padilla eased Bowa’s worries by pitching eight strong innings Tuesday to help Philadelphia break a four-game losing streak. During that skid, the Phillies’ bullpen totaled 15 2-3 innings and accounted for three of the losses.
With Tuesday’s win, the Phillies maintained their one-game lead over the Florida Marlins in the NL wild-card race.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 3rd place (tied), 12 1/2 GB, NL West. Phillies - 2nd place, 11 1/2 GB, NL East.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Brown (10-5, 2.12 ERA). In 15 career games against the Phillies, Brown is 7-5 with a 2.60 ERA.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Brett Myers (10-6, 3.65 ERA). Myers had his shortest outing of the season on Friday, lasting just 3 2-3 innings in the Phillies’ 11-5 loss to the Florida Marlins. Despite allowing three runs and eight hits, he did not get the decision. In three career games against the Dodgers, the 22-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .291 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 21 HRs and 52 RBIs; Shawn Green, 54 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs. Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .320 avg.; Jim Thome, 27 HRs, 78 RBIs and 70 runs; Jimmy Rollins, 13 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 3-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - C Lo Duca went 0-for-3 Tuesday and is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. … The Dodgers’ bullpen leads the majors with a 2.11 ERA. … The Dodgers are 16-41 when scoring three runs or fewer. Phillies - 1B Thome is batting .226 (7-for-31) with two homers in his career against RHP Brown. … 2B Placido Polanco was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore left quadriceps Tuesday. Nick Punto started in his place and went 0-for-4. … CF Marlon Byrd is batting .333 (15-for-45) during a career-high 10-game hitting streak.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 25-26 on the road; Phillies - 30-23 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. Phillies - 3B David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL.