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Dodgers Go For The Sweep

When a team's record is 13-5, a lot of things must have gone their way. Such is the case for the 2009 Dodgers. On offense, a number of people have been hitting well, and even those that have struggled have had their moments in the sun:

  • Russell Martin, entering Saturday's game hitting .226/.349/.283, tied his career high with four RBI, propelling the Dodgers to a second-straight 6-5 win
  • James Loney, currently hitting .299/.392/.358, had three hits and two RBI against Jake Peavy on Opening Day, drew a walk-off walk against the Giants, and scored the winning run Friday night in Colorado
  • Rafael Furcal, hitting only .264/.329/.347, has nonetheless provided a game-opening spark, as the Dodgers have had their leadoff man reach base to start their last ten contests (Furcal started nine of those games)

Even the bench has come through:

  • Doug Mientkiewicz was 2 for 5 with a double before his ill-advised head-first slide into second put him on the shelf
  • Brad Ausmus is 5 for 12, and scored the winning run Friday night
  • Mark Loretta is 6 for 12, and drove in the winning run Friday night
  • Juan Castro is 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly

Really, the only two players on offense that haven't contributed are Blake DeWitt and Juan Pierre. As luck would have it, both men will get their chance because both are starting today, in place of Casey Blake and Manny Ramirez, respectively. Castro is also starting, giving Rafael Furcal a day of rest.


Clayton Kershaw

#22 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-3

220

L

L

Mar 19, 1988


Clayton Kershaw starts on the mound for the Dodgers, hoping to rebound from getting shelled in Houston last Monday. Ken Gurnick tells us Kershaw hopes to avoid walks, especially in Coors Field:

"[Randy] Wolf was talking about it the other day," Kershaw said. "People get psyched by Coors Field and they start to nibble and that's when you walk people and they score runs. You have to be more aggressive here than other places. If they're going to hit it, they're going to hit it. But walks will kill you. They'll kill you anywhere, but even more here."


Jason Marquis

#21 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-1

210

L

R

Aug 21, 1978


Jason Marquis toes the rubber for Colorado. Marquis is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers, and has only given up more than two runs twice. Pierre is 8 for 31 with two doubles and two triples against Marquis, good enough for a .258/.343/.458. Loney is 3 for 5 with a double, a homer, and a walk against Marquis, for a .600/.667/1.400 clip.

Orlando Hudson has an 11-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .444/.528/.644.

Tony Jackson gives us the lineup:

Pierre LF
Hudson 2B
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Martin C
Kemp CF
DeWitt 3B
Castro SS
Kershaw P

Guess today's game score and winning pitcher in the game score thread. The game starts at 12:10, and is televised on KCAL.

If you happen to be near a radio or computer later today, I'm scheduled to be a guest on DodgerTalk on KABC 790 at 5:30pm. You can listen online here.

Box Score | Gameday