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Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks: Ricky Nolasco makes his debut

The Dodgers have fared well in the last decade when a midseason pitching acquitistion makes his debut with Los Angeles. Can Ricky Nolasco continue that on Tuesday night.

Christian Petersen

The Dodgers send their latest acquisition to the mound on Tuesday night as Ricky Nolasco makes his Dodgers debut in the middle game of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks.

In the last 10 years the Dodgers are 8-2 when their in-season starting pitcher acquisition makes his debut on the mound.

Dodgers midseason trade acquisitions, first starts with LA
Pitcher Date Opp Result Dec IP H R ER BB K
Josh Beckett 8/27/12 @Col L,10-0 L 5⅔ 7 3 3 3 6
Joe Blanton 8/5/12 ChC W,7-6 ND 6
5 2 2 3 5
Ted Lilly 8/3/10 SD W,2-1 W 7 2 1 1 0 5
Jon Garland 9/3/09 Ari W,4-2 W 7 5 2 2 1 6
Vicente Padilla 8/27/09 @Col W,3-2 W 5 6 2 2 1 4
Greg Maddux 8/22/08 @Phi L,8-1 L 5⅔ 9 7 7 1 4
Esteban Loaiza 9/3/07 @ChC W,11-3 W 7 9 3 3 1 3
David Wells 8/26/07 @NYM W,6-2 W 5 7 2 2 3 2
Greg Maddux 8/3/06 @Cin W,3-0 W 6 0 0 0 3 3
Brad Penny 8/3/04 Pit W,3-2 W 8 2 0 0 1 4
Totals: 7-2, 3.45 ERA, 1.203 WHIP 57⅓ 52 22 22 17 42

Nolasco was 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 18 starts with Miami, averaging 6.24 innings per start with 90 strikeouts and 25 walks. Nolasco struck out 11 Diamondbacks in eight innings in a win on May 19.

That said, a number of Diamondbacks have good career numbers against him. Didi Gregorius is 5-for-7 with a double, Aaron Hill is 4-for-6 with a double, and Cody Ross is 4-for-10 with two doubles. Miguel Montero is 5-for-13 (.385) with a home run and Martin Prado is 14-for-41 (.326) with two doubles and a triple.

Ian Kennedy, believe it or not, is making his first home start since May 15. Through a combination of scheduling and serving a 10-game suspension for his role in the June 11 brawl at Dodger Stadium, Kennedy has made seven consecutive starts on the road. During those seven starts, which include five Diamondbacks losses, Kennedy is 1-1 with a 5.75 ERA, with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks in 40⅔ innings

Roster move

Before Tuesday's game the Diamondbacks activated Adam Eaton from the disabled list. Eaton is starting in center field and batting leadoff. To make room for Eaton, former UCLA Bruins pitcher Charles Brewer was optioned to Triple-A Reno.

Starting Lineups

Dodgers Diamondbacks
LF Crawford (L)
CF Eaton (L)
RF Puig RF Parra (L)
Gonzalez (L) 1B Goldschmidt
SS Ramirez
2B Hill
CF Ethier (L) 3B Chavez (L)
C Ellis LF Prado
2B Schumaker (L)
C Montero (L)
3B Hairston SS Gregorius (L)
P Nolasco
P Kenedy

Game info

Time: 6:40 p.m.


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