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Dodgers make first visit of season to San Francisco
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
- The Dodgers have allowed two or fewer runs in each of their last six competitive games against the Giants (Games 2-5 of last year's Division Series, and two games this season). It's the third-longest such streak by the Dodgers against the Giants since the two teams moved to California in 1958 (eight games, 2017-2018; seven games, 2019-2020).
- The Dodgers beat the White Sox, 11-9, in Chicago yesterday. It was the fifth time they scored 10 or more runs in a road game this season, tying the Astros, Yankees and Nationals for the major-league high.
- The Giants have seven pitchers with three or more wins this season, which ties them with the Padres for third most of any MLB team, behind the Astros and Yankees with eight each.
- Freddie Freeman had three hits in the Dodgers' win over the White Sox yesterday. It was Freeman's eighth game with three or more hits this year, the most by any National League player and tied (with Wander Franco) for third most in the majors, behind Tim Anderson and Xander Bogaerts (nine each).
- Walker Buehler is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his four road starts this year. Over the last 40 years, the only other Dodgers pitchers to win their first four road starts in one season are Kaz Ishii in 2002 and Clayton Kershaw in 2020.
- Jakob Junis has allowed only 41 batters to reach base safely against him in the 43 innings he's pitched this season (31 hits, nine walks, one HBP). Junis' average of 8.58 baserunners allowed per nine innings is the second-lowest among National League pitchers who have pitched 40 or more innings (Tony Gonsolin, 8.05).
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The San Francisco Giants haven't seen the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Bay Area since last Oct. 14, when the Dodgers' win in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series left the hosts dealing with the sudden end to one of the greatest seasons in franchise history.
The Giants still will look to recapture the magic of last season on Friday night when they host the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series.
San Francisco's Jakob Junis (3-1, 2.51 ERA) is scheduled to start against Walker Buehler (6-2, 3.84) in a battle of right-handers.
Both teams played matinees on Thursday. The Giants fell 4-2 to the visiting Colorado Rockies in the rubber game of a three-game series, while the Dodgers earned a series win by overcoming an early four-run deficit to edge the host Chicago White Sox 11-9.
The Giants played a sloppy game Thursday, emblematic of the difficulty they've had in repeating their all-around performance of last season, when they won a franchise-record 107 games and finished one game ahead of the Dodgers in a classic NL West race.
The Giants led the NL in OPS last year (.769) and finished second in ERA (3.24) while finishing with 32 defensive runs saved above average, eighth best in the league.
They currently are fifth in the NL in OPS (.725) and ninth in ERA (4.22). San Francisco entered play Thursday next-to-last in the league with minus-25 defensive runs saved above average -- and that was before committing four errors against the Rockies.
"It's a really tough league when you're not converting ground balls into outs," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.
The Dodgers displayed their typical thoroughness in the comeback win over the White Sox. After scoring six times in the fifth inning to take the lead, Los Angeles added four runs in the sixth, when struggling Max Muncy hit a three-run homer immediately after Chicago manager Tony La Russa ordered Trea Turner intentionally walked despite a 1-2 count.
Muncy, who finished 10th in the NL MVP balloting last year but missed the playoffs after tearing an elbow ligament in the regular-season finale, was in his first game back following a two-week stint on the IL due to continued trouble with his left elbow.
He celebrated his return by going 2-for-5 with a season-high five RBIs.
Muncy is batting .159 in 42 games this year for the Dodgers, who lead the NL in OPS (.758), ERA (2.99) and defensive runs saved (plus-25 through Wednesday).
"I truly believe he's a game-changer in this lineup," Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman said of Muncy. "To get him back in the lineup, it's no surprise we scored so many runs (Thursday)."
Junis earned the win in his most recent start, when he gave up one run over six innings as the Giants beat the host Miami Marlins 5-1 on Sunday. He has never opposed the Dodgers.
Buehler took a loss on Saturday after surrendering five runs over 2 1/3 innings -- his fewest ever in a start -- as the Dodgers fell 9-4 to the visiting New York Mets.
Buehler is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 career appearances (11 starts) against the Giants. In two starts against San Francisco in last year's NLDS, he went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.
The teams met twice in Los Angeles in early May, and the Dodgers recorded 3-1 and 9-1 wins.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 10, 2022