(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have been the hottest team in
baseball for over a month. However, lefty Chris Capuano hasn't contributed
much to the team's recent success.
On Sunday, he tries to reverse his recent fortunes and lead the Dodgers to a
series win in the finale of their four-game set with the Cincinnati Reds at
Los Angeles is an MLB-best 25-6 since June 22. The 31-game stretch is tied for
team's best run moving to L.A. in 1958. Capuano, though, has contributed just
one win in that time and has allowed five runs in three of his last four
"He's had good outings and he's had a few rough ones," said Dodgers manager
Don Mattingly of Capuano, who started the year in the bullpen. "We're trying
to solidify that four and five spot in our rotation and he's one of those
guys. We count on him pitching, and good."
Capuano was banged around by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, as he gave up
five runs and seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings. Luckily, the Dodgers staged an
amazing comeback in that one and won the game to leave Capuano with a no
"It was a tough day personally," said Capuano, who is 3-6 with a 5.03 ERA.
Los Angeles continued its winning ways on Saturday, as Hyun-Jin Ryu spun seven
innings of one-run ball to guide the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory. Skip Schumaker
hit a two-run homer while Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez added one RBI
apiece for the Dodgers, who sit 1 1/2 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks
atop the NL West standings.
"This is the best he's been over his last few games. You saw from the first
batter he was very serious tonight. He had something extra on his heater and
he had a good change-up," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said of Ryu.
The Dodgers are 8-1 since the break and have outscored their opponents, 55-29,
in that span.
Jay Bruce provided the only offense for the Reds with a homer in the second
Bronson Arroyo (9-8) gave up three runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings to
absorb the loss.
"It was a battle, even warming up in the bullpen. I fell behind a lot in
counts. If I would have made it to the sixth I would have been happy, but I
didn't," said Arroyo.
Getting the call for the Reds on Sunday will be lefty Tony Cingrani, who is
4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Cingrani defeated the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday,
holding them to a pair of runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"I was battling myself a little bit," Cingrani said. "I couldn't get my
offspeed pitches over too much, but it was enough to get through six, and then
I struggled a little the seventh."
Los Angeles won four of six versus the Reds a season ago.
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