Kuroda Looks To Keep Rolling In Finale With Giants

LOS ANGELES CA - AUGUST 30: Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 30 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Hiroki Kuroda makes his first start since nearly no-hitting the Phillies on Monday, and he's been on quite a run of late. He is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 2.27 ERA, and has pitched seven innings or longer in all five starts. The last Dodger starter to have a streak that long was Randy Wolf, who had five straight seven-inning outings last season. The last Dodger to have a longer streak was Jeff Weaver, who threw seven innings or more in six straight starts back in 2004.

Dodger Pitchers With 7+ IP Streaks 2000-2010
Pitcher Year Games
Hideo Nomo 2003 13
Kevin Brown 2000 10
Chan Ho Park 2001 9
Jeff Weaver 2004 6
Kevin Brown 2003 6
Odalis Perez 2002 6
Odalis Perez 2002 6

Jonathan Sanchez pitched seven innings in his first career start against the Dodgers, getting the win back on September 9, 2007. Since then, Sanchez has made eight starts against them and has never lasted longer than five innings, and the Dodgers have won seven of the eight games. In those eight games, Sanchez has a 7.71 ERA, allowing 28 runs in 32 2/3 innings, with 24 walks and 34 strikeouts.

Jonathan Broxton's blow save and loss last night was historic, per Elias via ESPN:

Broxton is only the second reliever in Dodgers history, and the first in 99 years, to lose three games to the Giants in one season; he now lives on that page of Dodgers infamy alongside one Elmer Knetzer, who lost three games in relief for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Giants in 1911, two years before Ebbets Field opened!

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

Game Time:  5 p.m.

TV:  ESPN2

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