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Giants Have Another Shot at Eliminating Dodgers from Playoff Contention: Fan’s Preview

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On Monday night, the San Francisco Giants missed out on closing the door on the Los Angeles Dodgers postseason hopes. In the Dodgers' 3-2 walk-off win, Elian Herrera singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the ninth inning to keep their hope alive. Aaron Harang outpitched Matt Cain, who was on a pitch limit in preparation for starting Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series.

Despite having their backs against the wall, the Dodgers have been on a great roll to end the season. Winner of six straight games, they have consistently put up good hitting and pitching performances. While they also need some help from the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers are just two wins away from possibly forcing a one-game playoff on Thursday.

In this penultimate game of the year, the Dodgers look to Chris Capuano while the Giants start Barry Zito. While Capuano hasn't looked sharp in his last 12 outings (2-6 with a 5.25 ERA), Zito has been very good in the last few weeks of the season (4-0 with a 2.19 ERA). In a game that means so much to Los Angeles, will San Francisco do what it takes to come out ahead on Tuesday?

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium located in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:10 p.m. PT. This will be the second game in a three-game series.

Season series:

Giants lead series 9-7.

Standings:

San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 93-67 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 45-34 when playing on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.

Los Angeles enters the game with an 85-75 record and in second place in the National League West. They are 44-35 when playing at home and have won eight of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

San Francisco: Barry Zito

2012 season: 14-8, 4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 108 Ks

Career numbers vs. Dodgers: 8-10, 3.74 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 112 Ks

Career numbers at Dodger Stadium: 4-5, 3.91 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 46 Ks

Los Angeles: Chris Capuano

2012 season: 12-11, 3.69 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 162 Ks

Career numbers vs. Giants: 1-6, 5.21 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 34 K

Career numbers at Dodger Stadium: 7-6, 3.34 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 100 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:

In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD & KNBR 680

In Los Angeles: KCAL, 570 Fox Sports L.A. & KTNQ 1020

Pitching statistic leaders:

San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain- 16 wins, Sergio Romo - 1.82 ERA, Matt Cain - 193 strikeouts

Los Angeles: Clayton Kershaw - 13 wins, Kenley Jansen - 2.43 ERA, Clayton Kershaw - 221 strikeouts

Sources:

Dodgers face another must-win game, MLB.com

Giants-Dodgers Preview, AP

Dodgers neat Giants 3-2 for 6th straight victory, AP

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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