Giants’ Matt Cain Looks to Shut Down Imposing Dodgers Lineup: Fan’s Preview

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A lot went well for the San Francisco Giants in their 5-2 win Friday over the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Tim Lincecum allowed a season-high seven walks but minimized the Dodgers damage by allowing only two earned runs. The bullpen combination of Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt, and Sergio Romo combined for 2 2/3 shutout innings. Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro had great games atop the lineup to lead the Giants' charge on offense.

Perhaps the most impressive number by the Giants is the zero hits allowed to the Dodgers' five best hitters. From the second to sixth spots in the lineup, the combination of Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Andre Ethier combined for a 0-for-20 showing with three walks and five strikeouts. If Matt Cain hopes to continue the team's winning ways, he'll have to also keep the team's best hitters at bay.

For Dodgers starter Chris Capuano, he will have to contend with a Giants offense that is performing with runners in scoring position. Winless in his three starts at San Francisco and only defeating the Giants as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2005, the batter he may fear the most on Saturday is Scutaro, who is batting .331 as a member of the Giants and is lifetime 4-for-8 against Capuano.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will host the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:05 p.m. PT. This will be the second game in a three-game series.

Season series:

Giants lead season series 8-5.

Standings:

Los Angeles comes into the matchup with a 73-66 record and in second place in the National League West. They are 35-33 when playing on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

San Francisco enters the game with a 78-60 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 39-30 when playing at home and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

Los Angeles: Chris Capuano

2012 season: 11-10, 3.63 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 152 Ks

Career numbers vs. Giants: 1-6, 5.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 31 Ks

Career numbers at AT&T Park: 0-4, 5.32 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 17 Ks

San Francisco: Matt Cain

2012 season: 13-5, 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 170 Ks

Career numbers vs. Dodgers: 4-8, 3.45 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 97 Ks

Career numbers at AT&T Park: 45-38, 3.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 643 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

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

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

In San Francisco: FOX, KNBR 680, & KTRB 860

Lineups:

Los Angeles: 2B Mark Ellis, CF Shane Victorino, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Andre Ethier, 3B Luis Cruz, LF Juan Rivera, C A.J. Ellis, P Chris Capuano

San Francisco: CF Angel Pagan, 2B Marco Scutaro, 3B Pablo Sandoval, C Buster Posey, RF Hunter Pence, SS Joaquin Arias, 1B Brandon Belt, LF Gregor Blanco, P Matt Cain

Sources:

Dodgers intent on beating Giants, Cain, MLB.com

Dodgers-Giants Preview, AP

Saturday's Giants/Dodgers lineup: Kemp sits, Bay Area News Group

Los Angeles Dodgers/San Francisco Giants Box Score Friday September 7, 2012, Yahoo! Sports

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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 Twitter @_austinchang.

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