Cincinnati (17-17) at Los Angeles (22-11)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Fri May 14, 2004
  • TV: FSOH, KCOP
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Kazuhisa Ishii is expected to make his return to the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.

Ishii, who has a team-best five wins, missed his scheduled start Wednesday because of soreness in the cartilage that’s attached to the left side of his sternum. The Japanese left-hander has won his last three starts, posting a 1.71 ERA.

The win streak includes a 9-4 victory at Florida on May 6 in which he allowed two runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings.

The Dodgers have scored 47 runs in Ishii’s five wins—an average of 9.4 per game.

“Of course it relieves the pressure off me when I get the runs,” Ishii said through a translator. “But my job is to keep the runs down, regardless of how many runs I get.”

The Dodgers dropped their series finale with the Chicago Cubs 7-3 on Thursday, snapping a six-game winning streak. However, they’ve won nine of their first 11 series this season, and own the best record in the majors.

The Reds enter after losing the decisive game of their series at San Diego on Thursday with an 8-2 setback.

Cincinnati, which has lost four of its last six games, will start Paul Wilson, who is enjoying the best start of his six-year career at 4-0. The right-hander won his last start Saturday, allowing two runs and seven hits over seven innings of a 5-3 home victory over San Francisco.

The Reds have won six of Wilson’s seven starts this season.

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Starting Pitchers

P. Wilson Cin vs. K. Ishii NYM
11-6 Record 13-8
4.36 ERA 4.71
117 K 99
63 BB 98
1.39 WHIP 1.47