MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Francisco1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 460
LA Dodgers1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 230
  W: J. Álvarez (3-1)   L: K. Jansen (1-3)   S: T. Rogers (11)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, July 21, 2021
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 52,076

Depth remains key as Dodgers, Giants continue series

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Both teams enter the series with winning percentages of at least .600. The last time these teams met after the All-Star break with both clubs at .600 of better was in 1962 -- when they squared off in a best-of-three regular-season "playoff" to determine the NL pennant.
  2. The Giants have the best home-run differential in the majors at plus-45 (136 hit, 91 allowed); the Dodgers rank second at plus-29 (130-101). Since July 4, San Francisco has yielded only 0.61 homers per nine innings (6/88.0), second in MLB to Milwaukee's 0.57.
  3. The Dodgers' four-game winning streak ended with Sunday's 6-5, 12-inning loss at Colorado. Over the team's last five games, Los Angeles has scored 53 runs, hitting .342 with 17 home runs and a 1.087 OPS.
  4. A.J. Pollock leads MLB players (minimum 40 plate appearances) in OPS this month at 1.384. Brandon Crawford ranks third in the majors and second in the NL with a 1.205 mark. Pollock's .933 slugging percentage is the top figure in July.
  5. Kevin Gausman is the fifth Giants pitcher in the modern era with 15 straight starts in a single season allowing three runs or fewer. He joins Christy Mathewson (18 starts in 1908), Ryan Vogelsong (16 in 2012), Joe McGinnity (15 in 1904) and Dereck Rodriguez (15 in 2018).
  6. Tony Gonsolin threw a season-high 83 pitches in his last start, allowing only one run. Gonsolin has allowed zero or one run in all seven appearances in 2021 (six starts), only once lasting as long as 5.0 innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/19/2021 thru 7/22/2021
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will need to continue relying on their depth and versatility when they meet in the third contest of their four-game series on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Both teams placed their starting shortstops on the injured list before the start of the series, and the Dodgers could have more key players on the sideline.

Justin Turner and Max Muncy departed during the Dodgers' 8-6 come-from-behind win on Tuesday night after the All-Star infielders were hit by pitches in back-to-back at-bats in the third inning. Turner has a knee contusion, while Muncy is nursing a shoulder contusion.

The Dodgers already were without center fielder Mookie Betts in their starting lineup for a third straight game because of a hip pointer. They also lost shortstop Gavin Lux to a pulled hamstring in Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

Chris Taylor has filled in nicely for Lux at shortstop and for Betts in the leadoff spot. He hit two homers and doubled before walking to lead off the ninth inning on Tuesday night, setting the stage for Will Smith's walk-off, three-run homer.

"My swing was in a good place (Tuesday) night," Taylor said. "I just kind of trusted my eyes."

The Giants are without shortstop Brandon Crawford, who went on the 10-day injured list Monday because of an oblique strain.

Thairo Estrada has been impressive in Crawford's spot. Estrada slammed a two-run double in the 7-2 win against the Dodgers on Monday and hit a solo homer to help the Giants seize an early 6-1 lead on Tuesday.

First-place San Francisco leads Los Angeles by only one game in the National League West.

"It's a great opportunity to be consistent, show what I can do up here and, hopefully, be up here for a long time," Estrada said through a translator before the game on Tuesday.

Estrada has never started five straight games in the majors, but Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he isn't worried about his player handling such a major role.

"He's a pretty poised man, and I don't think it takes Crawford going down for us to see that," Kapler said. "We've seen it since he's been in the big leagues for us. He's hungry."

Right-hander Logan Webb is scheduled to start on the mound for the Giants on Wednesday.

Webb (4-3, 3.54 ERA) faced the Dodgers on May 29. He allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit in five innings to pick up the win in the 11-6 victory at Dodger Stadium.

He's 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.

Webb was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday and started against the St. Louis Cardinals on short notice. He allowed one run on five hits in four innings in a no-decision.

The Dodgers plan to counter with left-hander Julio Urias (12-3, 3.78), who is tied for the major-league lead in wins with Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs.

The 24-year-old Urias is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts in July. He has benefited from solid run support, with the Dodgers combining for 26 runs in those wins.

Urias made back-to-back starts against the Giants at the end of May and went 1-1, allowing eight earned runs in 11 innings.

He's 1-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 17 career appearances (11 starts) vs. San Francisco.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 21, 2021

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