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Expect A Low Scoring Affair Tonight In Philadelphia

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Hiroki Kuroda has never allowed more than two hits against the Phillies in a regular season game.
Hiroki Kuroda has never allowed more than two hits against the Phillies in a regular season game.

As news comes that Frank McCourt will indeed have enough funds to make payroll next Wednesday, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers try to win their fourth straight series. In the finale in Philadelphia, we see a pair of pitchers with a history of success against the other team.

Hiroki Kuroda has made four starts against the Phillies, and is 2-0. He has allowed two runs total in those four starts, and hasn't allowed more than two hits in any game. His ERA is 0.68, with seven walks and 24 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.

Cole Hamels has made four regular season starts against the Dodgers, and is also 2-0. His ERA is 1.50, with three walks and 26 strikeouts in 30 innings.

Something's gotta give.

The Dodgers are 4-6 in the rubber game of three game series this season, including 3-3 on the road.

Lineups

Dodgers Phillies
SS Gordon CF Victorino
1B Blake RF Brown
RF Ethier 3B Polanco
CF Kemp 1B Howard
3B Uribe LF Ibañez
LF Thames C Ruiz
C Barajas SS Valdez
2B Carroll 2B Martinez
P Kuroda
P Hamels

Game Time: 4:05 p.m.

TV: KCAL

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