Dodgers Vs. Padres Preview: Hernandez Eyes Second Dodger Win
The Los Angeles Dodgers bounced back from their losing streak by taking the first of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres. One night after Kevin Correia got his second with with the Dodgers, Roberto Hernandez looks to do the same.
Since being traded to the Dodgers, Hernandez has had two quality starts. In his most recent one one, Hernandez pitched six innings and allowed just one run in his first Dodger win.
Starting opposite Hernandez is Eric Stults. The lefty was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2002 and remained in the organization until 2009. Since leaving, Stults has faced the Dodgers six times and has compiled a 1-4 record with a 3.96 ERA.
As for this season, Stults enters Wednesday’s game looking for his sixth win of the year. Despite his 5-13 record, he has pitched well in August, holding hitters to .186 batting average over three starts.
While Stults came away with a no-decision in his last start, he threw a solid seven innings against the Cardinals, only giving up two runs in the second inning. Stults last faced the Dodgers in June and was one half of a pitcher’s duel with Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Erisbel Arruebarrena is making a second consecutive start at shortstop after being recalled Tuesday. Arruebarrena contributed with the glove and bat, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single.
With Stults on the mound, Darwin Barney and Scott Van Slyke also get starts, filling in for Dee Gordon and Carl Crawford, respectively. Barney comes in with a .235 batting average, while Van Slyke sports .252 average.
LF: Van Slyke
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