Dana Eveland's first start as a Dodger came two weeks ago today, as he shut down the Pirates over eight innings as the Dodgers opened their four-city road trip. Eveland makes start number three Thursday night, again against Pittsburgh, as the Dodgers open a four-game series against the reeling Pirates.
After allowing one run in his first two starts combined, tonight is Eveland's first ever start at Dodger Stadium. The Palmdale High School graduate made two relief appearances at Dodger Stadium in 2007 while with Arizona, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Pittsburgh was tied for first place in the National League Central as play began on July 26. That night in Atlanta, the Pirates and Braves played a memorable 19-inning affair which ended by Jerry Meals doing nothing to help the perception of umpire eyesight. The Pirates lost that night to fall to 53-48 on the season and while their division chances were tough, there was at least some hope of Pittsburgh having its first winning season in 19 years.
That didn't happen, as the Bucs have lost 35 of their last 49 games, and are now a whopping 19.5 games behind the Brewers in the division.
Ross Ohlendorf gets the start for the Pirates tonight. He has gotten bombed in six starts this season, averaging barely four innings per start. He has allowed 56 baserunners and 25 runs in 24 2/3 innings with the Pirates this season.
After getting on plate appearance and playing one defensive inning behind the plate in his first nine days in the majors, Tim Federowicz makes his first major league start at catcher for the Dodgers tonight.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket