Dodgers vs D’Backs Pre-Game: One Special Request

The Dodgers lost Game One of a short two-game series last night to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1-0, which featured a pitcher’s duel between Ian Kennedy and Clayton Kershaw, but resulted in the Dodgers’ offense failing to come through once again.

The Dodgers have now lost five of their last six games, falling six games back in the division behind the first place San Francisco Giants.

Tonight’s pitching match-up is a rematch between Aaron Harang and Trevor Cahill, who faced each other a couple of weeks ago on Aug. 31 at Dodger Stadium, resulting in a no decision for both, but with the Diamondbacks going on to win that game 4-3.

Cahill is coming off of a win in his last start against the Giants, where he went 6.1 innings, allowing two hits, two runs, and striking out five. In 28 starts on the season, Cahill has a 10-11 record with a 3.98 ERA. The former All-Star from 2010 has enjoyed facing the Dodgers so far in his career, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.40 ERA against them.

On the other hand, Harang hasn’t won a game since August 18th against the Atlanta Braves. In his last two starts he hasn’t managed to pitch more than 5.0 innings in each of them. In three starts since his last victory, he is 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA. It hasn’t been easy for any Dodgers pitcher as of late, with the offense struggling to score runs on a nightly basis.

Harang is 9-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 27 starts this season. Throughout his 11 year career, the big right-hander is 3-7 with a 3.10 ERA against the Diamondbacks.

So who will come out with the victory in tonight’s rematch?

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-68) at Arizona Diamondbacks (70-72)
Aaron Harang (9-8, 3.75) vs. Trevor Cahill (10-11, 3.98)
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
6:40 p.m. PST, September 12, 2012
TV: Prime Ticket
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Game-Time Weather: 90 degrees, Mostly Sunny

Diamondbacks’ Projected Starters:
P: Trevor Cahill
C: Miguel Montero
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
2B: Aaron Hill
SS: John McDonald
3B: Chris Johnson
LF: Jason Kubel
CF: Adam Eaton
RF: Justin Upton

Key Bench Players: IF Jake Elmore, OF Gerardo Parra

Keys to a Dodger Victory:
SCORE SOME RUNS PLEASE. That’s all.

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