Dodgers Giants Game Three Preview
The Dodgers look like they had control of the game in the top of the tenth inning last night, but the Giants fought back and left with the W. The Dodgers look to bounce back tonight in the series finale.
Last night the Dodgers took the lead in the top of the tenth inning thanks to a homer from no one other than Adrian Gonzalez, the butter and eggs man. Kenley Jansen was coming in for the bottom of the tenth and it looked like the Dodgers were on their way to another victory, but sadly that was not the case. The Giants again showed their resiliency. Jansen was off again for the second night in a row. His cutter was not hitting the spots and Jansen seemed to not be fooling anyone. In a game where starting pitching was good after the first inning, bullpen was great and Dodgers got clutch hits, it was a tough loss.
Tonight the Dodgers look to take the series finale with Julio Urias on the mound. Urias has a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 6.94. This will be Urias’ fourth start of his major league career. He has pitched 11.2 innings so far with the big club and has 14 strikeouts with six walks. Even though Urias has given up nine runs, he also has a pretty high strikeout rate for just 11.2 innings. It seems like his first three starts were feast or famine. He either fooled batters and got them to take a walk back to their dugout, or he gave up runs. Urias will be facing a tough Giants lineup this evening so it will be interesting to see how he does. Either way, the Dodgers will not let him go over 90 pitches since he has always been on a restricted pitch count limit, so you can expect the bullpen to play a large role tonight too.
The Giants are sending Jake Peavy to the mound. Peavy currently has a record of 2-6 and an ERA of 6.41. He has struggled so far this season. In 12 starts this season, Peavy has pitched 60.1 innings, striking out 48 batters and walking 20. The 35 year old right handed pitcher is in his 15th season in the majors. He has not gone deeper than the seventh inning all season. In fact, Peavy has had two starts this year where he only went two innings or fewer.
Dave Robert’s lineup this evening is almost identical to last night’s. The only difference when it comes to position players is that A.J Ellis is getting the start instead of Yasmani Grandal who started last night. Other than that, everyone minus Urias was in the lineup yesterday.
Dodgers look to keep their bats awake and get the W over their rivals in the series finale with the Giants this evening. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM and will be shown on ESPN (not blacked out).