Although Hideo Nomo has won two straight starts, he is still trying to regain his velocity after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
Nomo will try for his third straight victory as the Dodgers continue a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.
Nomo allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings of Los Angeles’ 7-5 win against San Diego on Thursday. His fastball was clocked at 84 miles per hour against the Padres, and Nomo went mostly to offspeed pitches after allowing two first-inning homers.
“He made big pitches in a number of situations to get outs,” manager Jim Tracy said. “With the know-how he has and wherewithal he has, he can get big outs when he needs them.”
Nomo was pounded for seven earned runs and seven hits in five innings in his first appearance of the season, an 8-2 loss to the Padres on April 5. He allowed nine homers and posted an 8.13 ERA in spring training.
However, he bounced back with an encouraging 7-4 win over Colorado on April 10, allowing two earned runs and four hits in six innings.
“He’s been struggling with his timing, but I think he’s getting it back,” catcher Paul Lo Duca said Thursday. “He threw a couple the last inning 88-90. I look for him to be lights-out next time.”
Nomo also struggled after surgery in 1998, when he underwent an offseason elbow procedure. The right-hander started the season 2-7 with a 5.05 ERA for Los Angeles before requesting a trade and being sent to the New York Mets. He went 4-5 with a 4.82 ERA for New York that year.
Last season, Nomo won a career high-tying 16 games with a 3.09 ERA.
The Dodgers lost 7-1 to the Rockies on Tuesday, snapping their five-game winning streak. Adrian Beltre homered for Los Angeles.