Lilly, Dodgers Face Richard, Padres, Hopefully This Time Uninterrupted

The last time Ted Lilly and Clayton Richard started against one another, three weeks ago tonight, the game took two days to complete. The Dodgers and Padres battled through four rain delays Friday night, April 8, at Petco Park, and the ultimate suspension of the game, which was resumed the next night. The Dodgers won that game in 11 innings, but both Richard and Lilly had their starts cut short by the rain.

Richard was lifted after pitching just one inning, after a 90-minute delay. Lilly came back to pitch after that long delay, and ended up pitching 4 1/3 innings. Lilly left with a 2-1 deficit, but the Dodgers tied the game before, yep, another rain delay. Since their meeting three weeks ago, both Lilly and Richard have allowed nine earned runs in three starts; Lilly in 17 1/3 innings, and Richard in 20 1/3 innings. Lilly in his last three outings has alternated bad starts on the road with a good start at home, while Richard has done the same, with two home games to Lilly's one.

Lilly has allowed 14 runs in eight home starts as a Dodger, with a 5-2 record and a 2.30 ERA wearing the home whites at Dodger Stadium. There is a 0% chance of precipitation at Dodger Stadium tonight, per The Weather Channel.

Notes

  • Since that series with the Dodgers in San Diego, the Padres have scored 2.24 runs per game, and have scored two runs or less in 11 of those 17 games.
  • Matt Kemp had five steals in the three games at Petco Park in San Diego, and left that series with six stolen bases on the season without getting caught. In 17 games since that series, however, Kemp has two steals in five attempts.
  • The Dodgers miss Mat Latos in this series, which normally would be a bad thing, except Latos is 0-9 in his last nine starts with a 6.60 ERA, dating back to last season. Latos' last win came against...the Dodgers, last September 7.
  • Russ Mitchell, who is expected to be recalled tonight as Casey Blake goes on the disabled list, made his major league debut against the Padres last September 8 in San Diego. He faced Richard on September 21 at Dodger Stadium, grounding out to third base as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning of Richard's 6-0 shutout win.
  • Tonight is one of four UCLA Nights at Dodger Stadium this season

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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