It took nearly 24 hours, but the Dodgers finally got a win over the San Diego Padres on Friday, err, Saturday night. Hometown product Tony Gwynn delivered with a two-out RBI single in the top of the 11th inning, propelling the Dodgers to a 4-2 win. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning, though he did allow a hit and a walk, for his fourth save in seven games.
The Dodgers tonight began the resumption of last night's suspended game with an advantage, in that Matt Kemp was on first base with nobody out in the ninth inning. However, that advantage quickly disappeared as Juan Uribe grounded into a double play. However, the Dodgers managed to get two more runners on base in the ninth, and two more in the 10th inning, but couldn't cash in.
On the mound, the Dodgers started with Hong-Chih Kuo, who threw five pitches Friday night. However, after Kuo warmed up, Mattingly pulled a double-switch, removing Kuo before throwing a pitch, in favor of Blake Hawksworth, with Gwynn entering the game in left field in place of Xavier Paul.
Hawksworth pitched a great game, striking out three with one walk in his two scoreless innings.
Gwynn only played three innings, but collected two hits in two at-bats.
WP - Blake Hawksworth (1-0): 2 IP, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
LP - Ernesto Frieri (0-1): 1 1/3 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Sv - Jonathan Broxton (4): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk
Tonight's Regular Game
Hiroki Kuroda and Dustin Moseley will do battle in the night cap.
Kuroda is 5-4 with a 4.61 ERA in 10 career starts against the Padres, and in six career starts at pitcher-friendly Petco Park Kuroda is 3-2 with a 4.45 ERA. His unintentional walk rate at Petco (nine unintentional walks in 32 1/3 innings; 2.51 per nine innings) is much higher than his career rate everywhere else (1.58 per nine innings). However, Kuroda has made a pair of fine San Diego starts in early April.
Kuroda made his major league debut in San Diego on April 4, 2008, and allowed one run in seven innings for the win. One year later, Kuroda started on opening day for the Dodgers, and again allowed just one run, this time in 5 2/3 innings, and picked up another win. Kuroda hopes for some more April success at Petco tonight.
Moseley has only faced the Dodgers in two relief appearances, pitching a total of two scoreless innings, allowing two hits.
Lineups to follow shortly.
Game Time: roughly 7:30 p.m.