The Dodgers, who open a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs, have scored just four runs during Weaver’s current three-game losing streak. They’ll try to deliver a better offensive performance as they look to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games.
Weaver, who will be trying to win for the first time since April 18, allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings of a 2-0 loss to the Florida Marlins on Wednesday.
Los Angeles enters Tuesday’s game after an exciting 9-7 win over Pittsburgh in 14 innings on Sunday. The Dodgers blew a five-run lead in the eighth inning before reserve infielder Olmedo Saenz hit a pinch-hit homer in the 14th.
Saenz, who was 2-for-11 as a pinch-hitter before Sunday, was the only player remaining on the bench. It was his first homer since he hit six for Oakland in 2002.
“He is among a rare breed who can have minimal number of at-bats, yet still walk up there and give you a quality at-bat,” Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. “That’s why this man is on the ballclub.”
The Cubs have won three of their past four.
“I really wasn’t swinging the bat really well in the previous three at-bats,” Patterson said. “Before I was trying to do too much, thinking too much. So I said, ‘Forget everything and go up there and pick out a good pitch and drive it.”’