National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 25th
(All times Eastern)
San Francisco Giants (38-38) at Los Angeles Dodgers (33-42), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Mike Kickham (0-1, 15.43)
Los Angeles - Stephen Fife (1-2, 3.25)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't have much luck against the
San Francisco Giants earlier this season, long before phenom Yasiel Puig
joined the club.
Puig needed only one game to make an impact in this rivalry.
The 22-year-old will try to lead the Dodgers to another victory on Tuesday
night in the continuation of a three-game set with the Giants.
Los Angeles snapped a five-game slide in this series with last night's 3-1
victory, one in which Puig collected three hits to lift his average to .442
through 20 games since making his debut on June 3. He has 12 multi-hit games
already and hit his seventh homer of the season on Monday prior to driving in
the go-ahead run in the eighth frame.
"Puig is a phenomenal hitter," said L.A. catcher A.J. Ellis. "It's amazing how
he handles the ball away. I'm happy he's on our side."
The Dodgers matched a season high with their third straight win, having first
done so from April 5-7.
The Giants, meanwhile, had won 11 of their previous 15 versus the Dodgers, but
lost for the seventh time in their past 10 contests overall. That has dropped
the club to the .500 mark (38-38) for the first time since April 7.
Madison Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning for San Francisco, but was
yanked after allowing the first two batters to reach in the frame. He was
charged with all three runs -- two earned -- on five hits.
Pablo Sandoval made his return from the disabled list and went 2-for-4 in the
setback, but shortstop Joaquin Arias had to come out of the game in the second
inning after straining his left hamstring scoring San Francisco's lone run of
That came after the Giants had announced Angel Pagan will miss the next 10-
to-12 weeks because of upcoming surgery on his injured hamstring, while
starter Chad Gaudin landed on the disabled list due to an injured elbow.
"This was buzzard's luck in a game like this," said Giants manager Bruce
Bochy. "When you're in a rut, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. We
had good at-bats, we just couldn't get the big hit to break it open."
Things seem to be going Los Angeles' way though. Matt Kemp could return as
soon as tonight from a strained right hamstring that has sidelined him since
May 30. Both he and Scott Van Slyke (left shoulder) played in their third
rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday and Van Slyke could return to
the Dodgers as soon as Wednesday.
Gaudin, meanwhile, was scheduled to start this contest for the Giants, but his
bruised right elbow changed those plans. He suffered the injury when he took a
line drive off the elbow in his start last Thursday versus Miami.
Taking his place tonight will be 24-year-old Mike Kickham, recalled from
Triple-A Fresno on Monday. He will make the second start of his career.
Kickham made his MLB debut on May 28 in Oakland, replacing the injured Ryan
Vogelsong, whose spot eventually went to Gaudin. That's because the left-
handed Kickham was tagged for four runs on four hits and four walks over 2 1/3
frames in a loss to the A's. He was sent back to Fresno, where he has gone 3-5
this season with a 4.81 earned run average in 14 starts this year.
Countering for the Dodgers is Stephen Fife, who will make his sixth start of
the 2013 campaign.
Fife's first appearance came back on April 21, when he allowed four runs over
4 2/3 frames in a no-decision at Baltimore. He did not pitch again with the
Dodgers until June 3 and has not allowed more than two earned runs in four
However, Los Angeles is just 1-3 in that span and Fife avoided a third
straight losing start on Thursday with a no-decision in San Diego. The right-
hander yielded two runs -- one earned -- over six innings and is 1-2 on the
season with a 3.25 ERA.
Fife, 26, faced the Dodgers once last season and did not get a decision after
throwing 6 1/3 frames of one-run ball.
06/25 10:49:10 ET