The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers posted three consecutive
shutouts, Rubby De La Rosa was just two years old.
De La Rosa will try to help the Dodgers complete the feat for
the first time in nearly 20 years Saturday when they play the
middle game of their weekend series with the San Diego Padres.
Last-place Los Angeles (39-51) started its scoreless streak with
a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday behind a combined
six-hitter by Clayton Kershaw and two relievers. Chad Billingsley
and rookie Javy Guerra then held the Padres to five hits in a 1-0
Guerra loaded the bases in the ninth by giving up a leadoff
double to Cameron Maybin before hitting Anthony Rizzo and Rob
Johnson with consecutive pitches. The rookie then fanned Kyle
Phillips and Wil Venable before getting Jason Bartlett to line
“The first thought is just slow it down, go in and get a
strikeout,” Guerra said after his third save. “Before you can get
three (outs), you got to get one.”
The last time the Dodgers had three straight shutouts was July
25-27, 1991, when Ramon Martinez beat Philadelphia and Jay Howell
and Bobby Ojeda picked up wins over Montreal.
De La Rosa (3-4, 4.14 ERA), though, may be focusing more on
snapping a four-start losing streak.
After being recalled from Double-A Chattanooga on May 24, the
22-year-old right-hander had given up five runs in 15 innings while
going 3-0. During his skid, De La Rosa has been reached for 14 runs
in 24 2-3 innings, with three of the losses coming at home.
The Dodgers’ bats haven’t helped him much, as they have provided
only five runs of support during his winless spell.
On Monday, De La Rosa cruised through five hitless innings, but
faltered late and allowed three runs and five hits over seven in a
5-2 loss to the New York Mets.
“I didn’t lose my concentration or my focus after the first hit.
I was pitching the same,” said De La Rosa, who’s yet to face the
Rafael Furcal drove in the lone run for the Dodgers on Friday,
his first in five games since coming off the disabled list last
Saturday with an oblique strain.
Furcal is hitting .556 (10 for 18) against Aaron Harang (7-2,
3.71), who will be activated from the disabled list to make his
first start since June 9 for San Diego.
Harang, who still leads the club in wins, had given up seven
earned runs in 33 2-3 innings while posting a 2-0 record in his
last five starts before injuring his right foot.
“The foot, in his words, is a non-issue,” manager Bud Black told
the team’s official website after Harang pitched four innings in a
rehab start Monday.
He defeated the Dodgers on April 10 at Petco Park, where he
yielded one earned run and three hits in six innings of a 7-2
Harang hasn’t pitched at Dodger Stadium since August 2006 while
with Cincinnati. He’s 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in three games at Chavez
Friday’s shutout loss was the Padres’ 14th of the year. San
Diego (40-50) has dropped three in a row and is 3-5 on a 10-game
road trip that leads into the All-Star break.