Mark Ellis 2B
Apparently Juan Uribe has a sore wrist, and he is day-to-day. Jerry Hairston Jr. will be playing third base for the second game in a row. Matt Treanor will take over duties behind the plate today.
The Dodgers’ red hot 9-1 start to the season came to a screeching halt once they arrived in Milwaukee on Tuesday. They have now lost two in a row to the Brew Crew, and both losses were close battles between the two clubs. Last night’s walk off win for the Brewers came off a sacrifice fly by Ryan Braun in the bottom half of the tenth inning. The close play at the plate between pinch runner Nyjer Morgan and A.J. Ellis was botched by the umps. A.J. Ellis looked like he got the tag in, but after the Dodgers got that triple play call in their favor against San Diego I suppose we cannot complain too much. The Dodgers are now 9-3, while the Brewers have reached .500 with a 6-6 record. The Dodgers will be looking for their tenth win of the season and avoidence of the sweep. The Brewers have never swept the Dodgers. Aaron Harang is also still in search of his first win of the year and first victory as a Dodger.
Last time out against his former teammates, Aaron Harang blew us away by breaking a Dodger record and striking out 9 Padres in a row. Aaron finished his 6 1/3 innings with 13 strikeouts (tieing a career high), and he allowed 4 runs on 4 hits. The big right-hander was nervous down in Petco Park during his first start against the Padres and lost the game after only lasting 4 1/3 innings. In his career against the Brewers, Aaron is 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA. The Brewers have hit him well in the past. Braun, Ramirez, and Hart are all hitting over .300 versus Harang, and they have 6 homeruns combined against him.
Former Dodger Randy Wolf will be taking the mound for the Brewers. The lefty is also looking for his first win of the 2012 season, and he has given up 11 earned runs on 18 hits so far this season in his two starts. Wolfie had two stints with the Dodgers, and pitched for Los Angeles in 2007 and 2009. In ’09 he pitched in over 214 innings for the Dodgers in 34 games started. He went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA. The last two years with Milwaukee, he’s put up similar numbers and had records of 13-12 and 13-10 the past couple of seasons. He does give up a lot of homeruns, and hopefully Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier can take advantage of that weakness. Wolf is 4-4 against the Dodgers in his career with a 3.29 ERA. Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera each have a homerun against him.
The game begins at 10:10 am, and it will be televised on Prime Ticket. Let’s pull out a win here! Go Blue!