After an unsuccessful start out of the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers have turned it around and shown what the team’s true colors can be. After a 5-0 victory last night, the Dodgers go for the three-game sweep in San Francisco on Sunday.
Getting the start for the Dodgers is Hyun-Jin Ryu. Manager Don Mattingly lined up the rotation after the All-Star break in order to have his three best pitchers on the mound against the Giants, which has worked out flawlessly.
On the season, Ryu has compiled an 11-5 record with an ERA of 3.39 in 19 starts. The southpaw has looked sharp lately, as he’s won his last two starts by giving up two earned runs in a combined 13 innings of work.
The Korean-born player has faced the Giants twice, with one of his starts a masterful performance at AT&T Park. In April of 2013 season, Ryu allowed four hits, zero runs, and issued just one walk in seven innings of a Dodgers win.
Taking the hill for the Giants is Jake Peavy, who is making his debut with the Giants. In 20 starts with the Boston Red Sox, Peavy has compiled a dreary 4.72 ERA to go with a 1-9 record. However, the 12-year veteran has composed a successful resume against the Dodgers in 25 career starts.
The right-handed pitcher boasts a record of 14-2, with a 2.21 ERA. Although 24 of those starts were prior to the 2010 season, Peavy did leave a bad taste in the Dodgers’ mouth when he faced them last season.
Peavy recorded five strikeouts as part of a three-hit complete game against the Dodgers where he allowed just earned run with the Red Sox.
The Dodgers send out the same lineup for the third consecutive game as they look to stretch their lead in the National League West to 1.5 games.
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