After the San Francisco Giants triumphed in extra-innings on Tuesday and came out with the win on Wednesday as well, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to avoid the sweep in today’s series closer. The Dodgers have only managed to take one game in the five times the teams have met so far this season.
After impressive outings from the end of each team’s rotation last night in Paul Maholm and Ryan Vogelsong, both teams are bringing out the big arms tonight. Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound for the Dodgers tonight, and Madison Bumgarner makes his fourth start of the season for the Giants.
Ryu fell hard the last time he faced the Giants on the Dodgers’ home opener, allowing six runs in the first inning and two more in the second. He lasted just those two innings in the 8-4 loss. The left-hander recovered from that game to earn a victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks in his last start. Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence give Ryu the toughest time, hitting .625 and .400 against him, respectively.
Bumgarner has been electric from both sides of the mound so far this season. After hitting a towering grand slam and blasting a ball to the back of the warning track in his last outing against the Rockies, the 24-year-old left-hander held the Rockies to four runs in six innings. Last time Bumgarner faced the Dodgers, he gave up only two runs over six innings while receiving immense run support in a 7-2 win.
Last time the Dodgers faced of against the dominant left-hander, Don Mattingly stacked his starting lineup with all but one lefty in Adrian Gonzalez. This means that Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke will receive starts today with Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier on the bench. Tim Federowicz is back in the starting lineup after sitting last game following a marathon game on Tuesday. Although, this strategy was not all too effective. Not one person in the lineup had more that one hit against Bumgarner with Matt Kemp going 0-for-4.
The Dodgers still have yet to utilize the newly activated Brian Wilson, and the setup man could face off against his former team at AT&T Park this afternoon.
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