In a very important series at Dodger Stadium, the San Francisco Giants pulled ahead in the standings with a 2-1 win over Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Relying on Madison Bumgarner's eight scoreless innings and Pablo Sandoval's two RBIs, the Giants have regained the NL West lead after defeating Kershaw, who has a career 1.39 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and .190 batting average allowed against San Francisco.
From one of the toughest possible opposing pitching matchups to a much easier one, the Giants will face Joe Blanton. In his three starts with the Dodgers, he has pitched horribly, going 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA. With Blanton still struggling to find his stride with the Dodgers, the Giants can possibly capitalize on his struggles and earn the series victory with another win.
For Tim Lincecum, he'll look to get back on track after losing his last two starts against the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals. Going 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA in his last four starts at Los Angeles, he'll need to not get beat by Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Hanley Ramirez if he wants to last long in this very important start.
The San Francisco Giants will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium located in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 7:10 p.m. PT. This will be the second game in a three-game series.
Season series tied 5-5.
San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 67-55 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 32-29 when playing on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.
Los Angeles enters the game with a 67-56 record and in second place in the National League West. They are 33-26 when playing at home and have won six of their last 10 games.
Starting pitcher matchup:
San Francisco: Tim Lincecum
2012 season: 6-13, 5.45 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 147 Ks
Numbers vs. Dodgers in last five years: 5-4, 2.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 93 Ks
Los Angeles: Joe Blanton
2012 season: 8-11, 4.96 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 127 Ks
Numbers vs. Giants in last five years: 1-2, 5.71 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 15 Ks
Where to watch and listen to the game:
The game can be watched live locally at the following:
In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD & KNBR 680
In Los Angeles: KCAL, 570 Fox Sports L.A., & KTNQ 1020
San Francisco: CF Angel Pagan, 2B Marco Scutaro, 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B Buster Posey, RF Hunter Pence, C Hector Sanchez, LF Gregor Blanco, SS Brandon Crawford, P Tim Lincecum
Los Angeles: LF Shane Victorino, 2B Adam Kennedy, CF Matt Kemp, RF Andre Ethier, SS Hanley Ramirez, 1B James Loney, 3B Luis Cruz, C A.J. Ellis, P Joe Blanton
Clayton Kershaw Career Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports
Giants lineup: Sanchez catching Lincecum, CSN Bay Area
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