The Arizona Diamondbacks continue their homestand with their National League West rivals with two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It will mark the last time the Dodgers visit Chase Field in 2014 with the D’backs heading to LA September 5th-7th for the final meeting of the season between the two teams. Arizona is 55-76, 18 1/2 games behind the first place Dodgers in the division. Los Angeles just came off of a 4-5, 9 game set at home, having been swept by the Milwaukee Brewers while taking two out of three from both the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets.
Trevor Cahill answers the bell for the D’backs in the first game to be opposed by Roberto Hernandez. The sinker-balling Cahill has had a very good August, allowing only seven earned runs in 27 innings in four starts. He has pitched into the seventh inning in each of those outings, getting the win in two of them. Hernandez came to the Dodgers in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on August 16th. He has made three starts for the club and is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Hernandez got the win against the Snakes on July 27th by pitching seven strong innings and giving up two earned runs as the Phillies were victorious by a score of 4-2. On Wednesday, a pair of lefties duel as Wade Miley battles Clayton Kershaw. Miley has pitched better as of late but is still only 7-9 on the year with a 4.29 ERA. He has pitched four times against the Dodgers in 2014 earning three losses and a no-decision. Kershaw has been his usual outstanding self with a 15-3 record and a 1.82 ERA. He has pitched twice against the D’backs this year winning vs. Miley in Australia and then suffering his worst outing of the season on May 17th at Chase Field. In that game, he gave up seven earned runs in only 1 2/3 innings.
Tonight’s game will be the second contest for Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez since coming off the 15-day disabled list because of an oblique strain. Shortstop Didi Gregorius is hitting only .214 on the year but he does have six home runs in only 182 at-bats as opposed to seven in 57 at-bats last year. Though third baseman Jake Lamb has struggled since being called up, he is coming off his best series capped off by his first Major League home run on Sunday. Shortstop Chris Owings and center fielder A.J. Pollock are both rehabbing at Triple A Reno and could come off the disabled list before the weekend.
First pitch tonight is set for 6:40 PM MST.