With solo home runs in the third inning and the fifth inning, right fielder Austin Slater joined an exclusive list that features only six other players who have homered off Kershaw twice in a game. There’s a reason that Slater is at the top of our lineup against left-handed pitching and it’s because we have a ton of faith in him and want him up in big spots,” manager Gabe Kapler said. We want him to come up against a left-handed starter as many times as possible.
Buehler scheduled to start for Dodgers against Giants San Francisco Giants (7-9, fourth in the NL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (10-5, second in the NL West) Los Angeles; Sunday, 4:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Kevin Gausman (0-1, 5.27 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 17 strikeouts) Dodgers: Walker Buehler (0-0, 5.19 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 6 strikeouts) LINE: Dodgers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
As expected, Corey Seager will miss the Dodgers’ game Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants with back discomfort that forced him to exit Friday’s game early. The shortstop did receive clean results on a scan of his back taken Friday night and remains day to day, according to manager Dave Roberts. Last night even, there was a little bit less discomfort,” Roberts said during a pregame videoconference call Saturday.