National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (30-42) at San Diego Padres (38-36), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Zack Greinke (3-2, 4.22)
San Diego - Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.84)
(Sports Network) - Zack Greinke will make a much-anticipated return to Petco
Park Saturday when the Los Angeles Dodgers continue a four-game series with
the NL West-rival San Diego Padres.
Greinke's last start at Petco Park on April 11 didn't go as planned and the
high-priced hurler suffered a broken left collarbone in a melee with Padres
burly outfielder Carlos Quentin. Quentin was hit by a Greinke pitch in the
sixth inning and the right-hander appeared to say something toward the plate.
Quentin then charged Greinke and the two collided before falling to the grass.
A scrum ensued and tempers carried over outside of Petco Park, as Dodgers star
outfielder Matt Kemp allegedly confronted Quentin as the two departed the
stadium. Quentin was slapped with an eight-game suspension for his actions
after getting hit on a 3-2 count in a one-run game.
"That's just stupid is what it is," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said at the
time. "He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch. If he plays before
Greinke pitches, something's wrong. He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens
if he goes to first base."
Greinke, who's had a history with Quentin from their days in the AL Central,
made a speedy return on May 15. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk
that day, while striking out four batters over five-plus innings.
"I never hit him on purpose," Greinke said after the game." He always seems to
think I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case.
Quentin hasn't played since June 14 because of a shoulder issue and could miss
the rematch with Greinke.
Greinke is still getting back to form and will make his fifth start of the
month Saturday for the Dodgers. Greinke was tagged with a loss in Sunday's 6-3
defeat at Pittsburgh and yielded five runs and eight hits in five innings.
Greinke dropped to 3-2 in nine overall starts with a 4.22 ERA and is 1-0 with
a 3.27 ERA in two career starts against the Padres. He is 0-2 in four road
starts this season.
The Dodgers have lost the first two tests of this series and are coming off
Friday's 5-2 setback with ace Clayton Kershaw on the hill. Kershaw didn't get
much run support and also struggled on the mound, yielding four runs,
including three in the third inning, and seven hits in six innings. He did
manage to strike out seven and walk only one batter in falling to 5-5 on the
"I have to limit the damage with guys on base. Solo home runs you can live
with, but two-run triples you can't. That's what happened tonight. It happened
real quick, just one big inning, but it did me in and it was enough," Kershaw
Juan Uribe had two hits and an RBI, while Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig ended
with two hits and a run scored apiece for Los Angeles, which has dropped nine
of its last 12 games. The Dodgers are last in the NL West and only 2-5 on a
nine-game road trip.
The Dodgers learned that Kemp will make a rehab assignment Saturday with
Triple-A Albuquerque and is expected to be the designated hitter. Kemp has
been sidelined since late May with a right hamstring strain.
San Diego is climbing the NL West standings and now sits second in the
division, just 2 1/2 games behind Arizona.
The Padres have won 12 of their last 16 games and prevailed on Friday even
though starting pitcher Clayton Richard departed after throwing just two
pitches with a left shoulder injury. Richard is headed to the disabled list
and will undergo further evaluation.
"It was rough, something I hoped wouldn't happen. I had some discomfort this
week leading up to (the start), but I thought I'd be able to get through.
Unfortunately, once I got going, I knew things weren't right," Richard told
the club's website afterward.
San Diego's bullpen came through, as Tim Stauffer tossed four innings of one-
run ball for the win and three other relievers combined to hold L.A. to a run
over the next five innings. Huston Street spun a scoreless ninth for his 15th
save of the season.
Chris Denorfia went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored, and
Chase Headley added an RBI triple in the win.
"We're really just picking each other up lately. Especially with something
like (Richard's injury) we can only hope for the best. Our bullpen stepped in
and gave us nine innings. I can't say enough about what they're doing for us,"
The Padres have won eight in a row at Petco Park.
Edinson Volquez gets the nod for San Diego Saturday and is 5-5 with a 5.84
earned run average in 15 starts. He is 2-0 in his last five appearances
despite sporting a 6.00 ERA in that time and did not figure into the decision
of his team's 5-3 win at San Francisco on Monday.
The Giants recorded three runs and six hits in five innings against Volquez,
who struck out six batters and walked only one. The right-handed Volquez is
3-3 in seven starts and 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA in six career starts against the
San Diego has won seven of its 11 matchups with the Dodgers this season.
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