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<strong>Jerry Sands checklist</strong>: 1) Hitting a baseball: check; 2) Leaping high-five coordination: must work on
Jerry Sands checklist: 1) Hitting a baseball: check; 2) Leaping high-five coordination: must work on

As the Dodgers look to win their series with Houston this morning on getaway day, here are a series of notes on each Dodger batter:

  • Rafael Furcal has one single in 14 at-bats since his return from the disabled list on Sunday
  • Jamey Carroll is hitting .362/.417/.426 on the road this season
  • James Loney has a 10-game hitting streak, and is hitting .324/.390/.459 during that span. It is the fifth double-digit hitting streak of Loney's career, topped by his 15-game streak to begin the 2008 season.
  • Matt Kemp has 15 of his 23 walks and nine of his 13 stolen bases this season on the road
  • Jay Gibbons has started the first five games of the road trip, and has at least one hit in all of them, hitting .316/.316/.526 on the trip
  • Dioner Navarro snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a double in the seventh inning on Monday, and now has a hit in two straight game.
  • Jerry Sands was in a 6-for-33 slump before his home run on Saturday. Including that home run, Sands has six hits in 10 at-bats, with two home runs, a double, and four walks, in his last 14 plate appearances. His on-base percentage on the road this season is .452.
  • Aaron Miles has a streak of 18 straight games, and 20 games overall, without a walk, a span of 77 plate appearances. It's the longest streak of PA without a walk by a Dodger position player since Matt Kemp had a stretch of 92 PA from September 2007 to April 2008.
  • Andre Ethier had one hit and no RBI in his nine games immediately preceding the series in Houston, but matched that hit total and surpassed the RBI total with his pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning on Monday night
  • Tony Gwynn Jr. has played in 19 straight games, amassing a total of 21 plate appearances during that span. Gwynn has a double and a walk in those 21 PA.
  • Russ Mitchell had nine career hits, three of which are home runs. Among Dodgers with at least 50 plate appearances, only Ben Wade (four home runs, 11 hits, played from 1952-1954) has a higher homer-to-hit ratio than Mitchell. Steve Bilko, who had seven home runs and 21 hits in 1958, his only season as a Dodger, is tied with Mitchell.
  • Rod Barajas has hit six of his seven home runs on the road this season
  • Juan Castro has three hits in his last five at-bats

Today's Starting Pitchers

Ted Lilly has been up and down this season.

  • The Good: Lilly has walked two or fewer batters in every start this season, with a total of 11 walks in 10 starts. In fact, Lilly has walked two or fewer in all 22 starts as a Dodger, dating back to last season.
  • The Bad: Lilly has allowed 18 runs in 21 innings in four daytime starts this season for the Dodgers, all losses. Hopefully if the roof closed at Minute Maid Park today, Lilly can turn around his day nightmares.

In 13 career starts against the Astros, Lilly is 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA, his lowest career ERA against any team.

One day after the Dodgers' 22-year old Dominican rookie, Rubby De La Rosa, made his major league debut, the Astros send their 23-year old Dominican rookie, Aneury Rodriguez, to the mound. Rodriguez began the season in the bullpen, but moved into the starting rotation earlier this month replacing The Pride of Brandeis University, Nelson Figueroa, who was designated for assignment. Rodriguez has pitched 5, 5, 5, then 5 1/3 innings in his four starts, and has a 5.31 ERA as a starter, with seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings.

Lineups

Dodgers Astros
SS Furcal
CF Bourn
2B Carroll SS Sanchez
1B Loney RF Pence
CF Kemp LF Lee
RF Gibbons 3B Johnson
C Navarro 1B Wallace
LF Sands
2B Hall
3B Miles C Towles
P Lilly
P Rodriguez

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Game Time: 11:05 a.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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