Series: Game 1 of 4

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 9/15)

Game 1: Thursday, September 15
LA Dodgers2
Game 2: Friday, September 16
LA Dodgers7
Game 3: Saturday, September 17
LA Dodgers6
Game 4: Sunday, September 18
LA Dodgers15

Pirates 6

(68-82, 34-38 away)

Dodgers 2

(73-76, 37-38 home)

    10:10 PM ET, September 15, 2011

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

    123456789 R H E
    PIT 040000020 6 12 1
    LAD 100010000 2 6 0

    W: R. Ohlendorf (1-2)

    L: D. Eveland (2-1)

    S: J. Hanrahan (38)

    Pirates-Dodgers Preview


    The Pittsburgh Pirates have clinched their 19th consecutive losing season, though the franchise appears to have a brighter future ahead.

    Dana Eveland was once a part of that future, but now he's a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Eveland looks for his third consecutive victory when the Dodgers host his former team in the opener of a four-game set Thursday night.

    The Pirates (67-82) fell 3-2 to St. Louis on Wednesday, guaranteeing a 19th consecutive season with a sub-.500 finish, extending their own major league record. They led the NL Central by one-half game on July 20, but have gone 16-38 since to drop far out of contention.

    Derrek Lee had three hits in Wednesday's loss and drove in a run for a third straight game. The veteran first baseman is batting .373 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 16 games since joining the Pirates.

    Despite yet another losing season and having just finished a 3-6 homestand, Pittsburgh is optimistic about what's to come.

    "This isn't anything like before," said starting pitcher Charlie Morton. "The atmosphere is totally different. We were in contention for a good while. It's been a long time since that's happened."

    It also was a long time since Eveland (2-0, 0.60 ERA) had won a major league game until he faced the Pirates on Sept. 1.

    The left-hander allowed one run and six hits in eight innings of the Dodgers' 6-4 victory at Pittsburgh, earning his first win since May 6, 2010, while with Toronto.

    Now pitching for his sixth team since 2005, Eveland spent the end of last season with the Pirates, posting an 8.38 ERA in two relief appearances and one start. He followed up his Los Angeles debut with an even better performance Saturday, allowing three hits in seven innings of a 3-0 victory over San Francisco and impressing his manager.

    "His two outings have been really good," Don Mattingly said. "He throws strikes and gets ahead of hitters. If he keeps pitching like that, it's tough to keep a guy out."

    The journeyman said he's finally feeling healthy after surgery last offseason to remove bone chips and spurs from his pitching elbow.

    "The last two seasons I had a bit of a sore elbow and got it fixed," Eveland told the Dodgers' official website. "I was trying to protect my arm last year and my pitches weren't doing what they're supposed to do."

    Looking to win three straight starts for the first time in his career, Eveland will be opposed by a pitcher who hasn't won in more than a year -- Pittsburgh's Ross Ohlendorf (0-2, 8.03).

    Ohlendorf is winless in 15 starts dating back to his last victory July 2, 2010, and he's lasted four innings or less in three of his six starts this season. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in two innings of a 13-4 loss to Florida on Friday.

    The right-hander, who has battled shoulder problems for much of 2011, is tied with Cincinnati's Dontrelle Willis for the longest active winless streak in the majors.

    The Dodgers (73-75) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Arizona on Wednesday.

    NL MVP candidate Matt Kemp went 1 for 3 and drove in his 110th run. He's hitting .389 in his last five games against Pittsburgh, which has lost six of its last seven meetings with Los Angeles.

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    Gameday Matchup

     PittsburghLos Angeles
    Current StreakL2W1
    Last 104-67-3

    Pitching Matchup

    PittsburghLos Angeles
    R. Ohlendorf
    1-3, 8.15 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at MIL
    5.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND
    D. Eveland
    3-2, 3.03 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at ARI
    5.2 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.PittsburghLos Angeles
    1. A. Presley, LF D. Gordon, SS
    2. C. d'Arnaud, SS J. Sellers, 2B
    3. A. McCutchen, CF M. Kemp, CF
    4. D. Lee, 1B J. Rivera, RF
    5. R. Doumit, C J. Loney, 1B
    6. N. Walker, 2B J. Sands, LF
    7. R. Ludwick, RF R. Mitchell, 3B
    8. B. Wood, 3B T. Federowicz, C
    9. R. Ohlendorf, P D. Eveland, P

    Research Notes

    Garrett Jones is hitting .154 (10-for-65) with two home runs against left-handed pitchers this season, and LHP Dana Eveland starts for Los Angeles on Thursday.

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