Dodgers @ D’backs July 9, 2013: And Nolasco Makes Ten

July 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

chasefieldClayton Kershaw. Zack Greinke. Hyun-jin Ryu. Chad Billingsley. Ted Lilly. Chris Capuano. Josh Beckett. Matt Magill. Stephen Fife. And now… tonight, the Dodgers roll out starting pitcher number 10 before the All-Star Break: Ricky Nolasco. Lilly isn’t likely to get another shot, as Dylan Hernandez reports the Dodgers are looking to move him into the bullpen, though I’d just as soon they move him to another organization entirely.

I’m guessing the Dodgers are not going to challenge the team’s all-time record of 19 starters in a season, set by the 1944 Brooklyn club (though I barely even count records that happened during World War II, since teams were scrambling just to fill rosters), but the Los Angeles record of 13, set in 1964, remains in reach.

Nolasco faced the Diamondbacks once before this season, back in May 19 in Miami, and he was dominant. Over eight innings, Nolasco allowed just one run while striking out 11, marking the best outing of his season and tying for the seventh best Game Score of his career.

Dodgers
D-backs
LF
Crawford
CF
Eaton
RF
Puig
RF
Parra
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
2B
Hill
CF
Ethier
C
Montero
C
A.Ellis
3B
Prado
2B
Schumaker
LF
Kubel
3B
Hairston
SS
Gregorius
P
Nolasco
P
Kennedy

Of course, that was in Miami, not Arizona, and those Diamondbacks didn’t have Adam Eaton & Aaron Hill, as today’s group does. Eaton returns to make his season debut after missing the entire year with an injured left elbow; he’ll play center field and lead off.

For the Dodgers, Don Mattingly trots out what has quickly become the “regular” lineup with Matt Kemp out, with the exceptions being that Mark Ellis takes a seat in favor of Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston starts at third. Starting tonight, Schumaker will be wearing #55, the team announced today, just as he did in St. Louis. He’s the third Dodger this year to wear the number, following Ramon Hernandez & Matt Guerrier, and the sixth since Orel Hershisher made it famous.

In the meantime, it’d be nice if Carl Crawford could get it going, wouldn’t it? Since being activated on July 5, Crawford is 0-17 with seven strikeouts and a single walk.

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