Dodgers Hope To Continue Fireworks In Phoenix

Matt Kemp's home run last night accidentally ignited a series of explosives in the Phoenix area

After a pair of blowouts, today's series finale between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks figures to be more pitcher friendly. Well, maybe outside of at-bats by Rafael Furcal, who has a streak of seven straight multi-hit games, tied for the longest streak of multi-hit games by a Dodger since Tommy Davis in 1962. Duke Snider had a streak of eight straight multi-hit games in 1959.

Chad Billingsley makes his second start since returning from the disabled list today. In his career he is 6-2 in 11 games (nine starts) in Arizona with a 3.91 ERA. In his career, he has faced off with Dan Haren twice, both in 2008. Haren beat Billingsley in July, and Billingsley returned the favor in August.

Haren got his first major league win against the Dodgers, beating Kevin Brown way back on July 19, 2003, when Haren was with the Cardinals. Haren has pitched eight innings or longer in five of his last eight starts, including pitching eight scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium in a no-decision on June 1.

Perhaps the way to decide this contest is to see how the two starting pitchers have done against one of the best players in baseball, All-Star Omar Infante:

  • Infante has one hit in three at-bats against Billingsley
  • Infante has six hits in 12 at-bats against Haren

Advantage Billingsley. Advantage Dodgers.

Get your guesses in for Xeifrank's game simulation here.

Game Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV:  KCAL

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