The Dodgers look to rebound from Friday's loss to the Nationals, and to do so they might need Ted Lilly to throw a shutout. The Dodgers have eight team shutouts in their last 32 games, but during that span when they allow their opponents to score they are just 4-20. The Dodgers have scored 21 runs in their last 10 games.
Lilly struck out a season-high nine batters in his last start, but he also allowed four runs in his 6 2/3 innings. Matt Kemp, with his 24 home runs and 27 stolen bases, has deservedly gotten a ton of attention this season, but the Dodgers have another 20/20 man in Lilly. The southpaw has allowed 21 home runs, third in the National League, and 21 stolen bases, second in the NL, in 20 starts this season.
Tom Gorzelanny, Lilly's teammate with the Cubs in 2009 and 2010, gets the start today for the Nationals. On the season, Gorzelanny is 2-6 with a 4.07 ERA. He missed a little over three weeks with left elbow inflammation, and since his return from the disabled list has a 3.71 ERA in five starts with six walks and 24 strikeouts. Gorzelanny was pulled after two innings in his last start, Sunday against Atlanta, after tweaking his right ankle in a home plate collision with catcher Brian McCann.
The Dodgers are 23-28 at Dodger Stadium this season. They are hitting .229/.291/.327 at home, averaging 2.88 runs per game on the season, compared to 4.33 runs per contest on the road.
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