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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giants Return to Dodger Stadium

Giants @ Dodgers
Game 1

The Dodgers are fresh off a shut-out win, and the rival Giants return to Dodger Stadium for a brief two game series before the Boys in Blue hit the road. Perhaps the win last night will give the Dodgers some much needed optimism before they battle Cain and the Giants.

The pitching match-up will be Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.75) vs. Matt Cain (3-2, 3.22). Kershaw has been superb against the Giants during his career. He is 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA against SF in 8 games. The Giants only have a .229 average against Clayton. Cain was not successful against the Dodgers throughout most of his career, but has come out on top in 3 of his last 4 starts against the Dodgers. He pitched well the last time we saw him back on April 2. Andre Ethier is 22 for 44 against Cain, and Loney (well the old Loney anyways) is 14 for 39 with 10 RBIs vs. Matt.

Clayton Kershaw will go for for his 6th win of the season tonight against a Giants team he pitches well against.

Unfortunately we might see Blackbeard who is 12 for 12 in save opportunities this season. He's, ya know, a real closer. Speaking of closers, we were all wondering why Donnie put Matt Guerrier in to pitch the 9th inning last night instead of Vicente Padilla. Apparently Padilla felt some stiffness in his right forearm. They claim it has nothing to do with his surgery, but we shall see if he is available to pitch tonight.

The Giants return to Chavez Ravine for the first time since the Opening Day drama that went down when Brian Stow was beaten in the parking lot. After visiting Dodger Stadium last weekend, I can attest that there is a ramped up police presence, especially in the parking lot.


Carroll 6
Miles 4
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 5
Loney 3
Gibbons 7
Barajas 2
Kershaw 1

No real changes in the ho-hum lineup. The Gibbons-Sands platoon is in full effect, with Gibbons getting the start against the righty Cain. Let's hope they're in the mood to score some runs tonight! Go Blue:)

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