The Dodgers rebounded nicely after losing the first game of the series and on Wednesday afternoon defeated the snakes by a 3-2 score and took two out of three games in the desert. As expected the Dodgers fielded some of their B-squad, and it was one of those B-squaders that provided the Dodgers with their only offense on the day. Scott Van Slyke’s three-run home run was just barely enough to back Clayton Kershaw’s 11 strikeout win. Kershaw is now 10-1 and has 133 strikeouts with 7 walks. The Dodgers are now 35-32 and return home to begin a seven game home stand against Milwaukee and Washington. They’ll kick off the home stand with a four game series against the Brewers.
The Dodgers will face 31-year old “rookie” Venezuelan hurler Junior Guerra. The Dodgers will counter with Scott Kazmir. I use the term rookie in parenthesis because Guerra is the 30-year old rookie that had spent his entire career in the minors before finally being called up to the majors last season. Ironically Guerra had produced one of the top strikeout rates among qualified minor leaguers.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Milwaukee-TBA
Junior Guerra-3-1 vs. Scott Kazmir-5-3
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-SNLA
The Brewers claimed Guerra off of waivers from the White Sox last October. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Braves in 2001. Since 2001 he’s split time between the Venezuelan and minor leagues for the Braves, Mets, and White Sox organizations. The right hander made his MLB debut in 2015 with the White Sox. He made three appearances in relief and posted a 6.75 ERA in 4 innings pitched. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out 3.
This season Guerra has made 8 starts in the Brewer’s rotation and pitched well. He’s 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA. He’s struck out 41 and walked 17 over 49 frames. Guerra is mostly a fastball (91-94) slider, and changeup. The Dodgers may be in trouble tonight. I mean after all this is a club that couldn’t hit Chris Rusin.
Guerra pitched well enough to win his last start against the Mets (6.2 IP 1ER 5H 3K) but took a no-decision because the Brewers couldn’t score for him. He’s never faced the Dodgers, and has never faced any of the Dodgers before.
Scott Kazmir is trying to rebound after last week’s short outing against the Giants. He tossed only 5 frames and allowed 3 earned runs on 3 hits and walked 5. He didn’t get a decision and the Dodgers eventually lost the game 5-4. Kazmir has won three consecutive decisions. The veteran has never faced the Brewers in his long career. Once he faces the Brewers he will have faced all 30 MLB clubs, including the Dodgers. Aaron Hill has hit Kazmir pretty well, batting .286 (10 for 35) with 4 extra-base hits and 6 runs driven in. Kazmir is 5-3 on the season with a 4.52 ERA in 73.2 innings of work.
Kazmir vs. Brewers
The Brewers are really bad. They just got swept by the Giants and are 11-19 on the road. Overall the Brewers are 30-36 and sit in fourth place in the NL Central 15 games behind the Cubs. The Dodgers remain 6 games behind the Giants in the NL West. The Giants are idle today so the Dodgers can gain a half game with a win over Milwaukee.
Source: Dodgers have added another international prospect, agreeing to $2 million deal with outfielder Yordan Alvarez, 18. #Cuba
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) June 15, 2016
The Dodgers made a pair of signings on Wednesday. One was an international signing of 18-year old Cuban outfielder Yordan Alvarez. The Dodgers inked the youngster to a 2 million dollar deal and will face heavy taxation for the contract. The Dodgers will not be unable to sign any international prospect for over 300,000 dollars for the next two years.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 16, 2016
The Dodgers also signed second round right handed pitcher out of Santa Clara Mitchell White to a 590,000 dollar contract. Kenley Jansen has now tied the all-time Dodger record for saves. He needs one more (162) to move ahead of Eric Gagne for the most in franchise history.