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.