The Los Angeles Dodgers have won every series they’ve played against the Colorado Rockies since the start of last season. They’ll have the right man on the mound as they try to win another one Wednesday.
Brad Penny takes the ball for the Dodgers in the series finale as Los Angeles looks to win its seventh straight series over the Rockies.
After losing Monday’s home opener 6-3 to Colorado (4-4), the Dodgers (5-3) evened the series with Tuesday’s 2-1 victory.
The Dodgers have had few problems with Colorado lately, going 16-5 against the Rockies since the start of 2006.
Penny (1-0, 1.29 ERA) was exceptional against the Rockies a year ago, going 5-0 with a 2.67 ERA in six starts against them and holding them to one run or less three times.
The right-hander is 10-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 career starts against Colorado, including a 7-1 mark with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts since being traded to the Dodgers in 2004.
Penny had an impressive season debut, pitching shutout ball into the eighth inning before allowing a run on a groundout in Friday’s 2-1 win over San Francisco. He gave up 10 hits, struck out one and walked one in seven-plus innings.
Tuesday’s win was the fifth in six games for the Dodgers after starting the season 0-2.
Pierre entered Tuesday’s game with just five hits in 30 at-bats (.167), while Garciaparra was batting only .154 (4-for-26) before the win.
The Rockies, meanwhile, managed a season-low four hits as they lost for the third time in four games. Third baseman Garrett Atkins saw his six-game hitting streak end, but is 9-for-22 (.409) with a homer and an RBI against Penny in his career.
While Colorado has scored two runs or less in three of its last four games, its pitching has been stellar. The Rockies starters have worked at least six innings in each of the team’s eight games this season, and allowed two runs or fewer in the last seven contests.
“It’s the first time in organizational history that we’ve been able to do that,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “They have the ability to do it, and now it’s about building up consistency. A week doesn’t make a month and a month doesn’t make a season. We need to stay consistent throughout the season.”
Jason Hirsh (1-0, 1.35) looks to follow up his impressive Colorado debut with another solid outing when he takes the hill on Wednesday.
Hirsh, who was acquired from Houston in the offseason, gave up just one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings while striking out a career-high eight in Colorado’s 4-3 win over San Diego on Friday.
The 25-year-old right-hander, who made nine starts as a rookie for the Astros last season, has never faced the Dodgers.