Dodgers-Brewers Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won a road series since the
All-Star break. Another solid start from Ted Lilly at Miller Park
could help them open this three-game set on a positive note.

Lilly looks to win for the fifth time in as many starts with Los
Angeles on Tuesday night in a matchup with the Milwaukee
Brewers.

An 11-3 stretch on the road helped the Dodgers (63-62) take a
one-half game lead in the NL West on June 16, but the two-time
defending division champions have struggled away from Chavez Ravine
since July 4, dropping 14 of 17 to fall out of playoff
contention.

With a disappointing 3-3 homestand behind them, the Dodgers give
the ball to Lilly (7-8, 3.23 ERA) as they begin a six-game
trip.

Making his fourth start since being acquired from the Chicago
Cubs on July 31 before the non-waiver trade deadline, the
left-hander struck out a season-high 11 and threw a two-hitter in
Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Colorado.

“I’m going to enjoy this tonight, but I know I’ve got to be
prepared for my next start against Milwaukee,” said Lilly, who has
a 1.29 ERA since joining the Dodgers. “I don’t think I’m ever going
to get totally comfortable, because the competition’s too good for
that.”

Lilly, though, should feel comfortable in Miller Park, where he
is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts this season – both with the
Cubs. He’s held Milwaukee to a .176 average in his last four
outings there, going 2-0.

The Brewers (59-65) could use a strong outing from right-hander
Dave Bush (6-10, 4.63) after their starters posted an 11.68 ERA
over the weekend against NL West-leading San Diego. The bullpen
carried Milwaukee to the series win, logging 14 2-3 innings and
recording a 1.23 ERA.

“Really, in all three games in this series, our starters haven’t
gotten us where we need to get,” manager Ken Macha told the
Brewers’ official website after the team’s four-game winning streak
was snapped with Sunday’s 7-3 home loss.

After matching a major league record by giving up four
consecutive home runs in his previous outing – an 8-2 loss to
Arizona on Aug. 11 – Bush beat St. Louis last Tuesday as he threw
six innings of one-run ball in a 3-2 victory.

“Some good ones, some bad ones,” he said. “But after a day or
two you’ve got to flush it and prepare for the next one.”

Bush went five innings in a 7-3 loss at Los Angeles on May 6,
yielding three runs and four hits, as the Dodgers salvaged the
finale of a three-game set by scoring four in the ninth.

Manny Ramirez missed that series due to a right calf strain, but
he should see action at Miller Park after being activated Saturday
following a second stint on the disabled list with the same injury.
He was 0 for 3 on Saturday and given the day off Sunday as Los
Angeles lost 5-2 to Cincinnati.

Ramirez has hit .364 with three homers in six career games at
Miller Park.

Brewers right fielder Corey Hart is expected to return after
missing two games with a tight right hamstring.

Ryan Braun homered in both of those games after going 22 in a
row without one. He’s batting .464 in the last seven games, and
teammate Casey McGehee is hitting .415 with five home runs and 17
RBIs in his past 13.

Los Angeles has won five of seven in Milwaukee, including two of
three in its last visit July 10-12, 2009.