National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 3rd
(All times Eastern)
San Francisco Giants (94-67) at Los Angeles Dodgers (85-76), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.46)
Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (13-9, 2.58)
(Sports Network) - One day after his club eliminated the rival Los Angeles
Dodgers from playoff contention, Ryan Vogelsong gets the call for the San
Francisco Giants on Wednesday evening in the finale of a three-game series
that closes the regular season for both clubs.
But only the Giants will play past Wednesday as the NL West champions look to
return to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
The Dodgers were challengers for a playoff spot for most of the season and
attempted to spark a struggling club by acquiring Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett
and Adrian Gonzalez in trades during the season. A season high-tying six-game
win streak kept Los Angeles in contention for the NL's second wild card spot,
but it needed to win its final two games and have the St. Louis Cardinals lost
their last two to force a one-game playoff.
The Cardinals did in fact lose on Tuesday night to the Cincinnati Reds, but
the Dodgers couldn't get it done on their end and lost 4-3 to the Giants.
"Everyone is disappointed. We thought we'd win this game," Dodgers manager Don
Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias each hit a home run and Barry Zito allowed two
runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six over six-plus innings for
Sergio Romo stranded the game-tying run on second base in the ninth to record
his 14th save of the season and give San Francisco its fifth win in seven
"We played this like a playoff game. It was very good for us. I'll play the
starters again (Wednesday) to keep them sharp, but I don't know how long I'll
play them," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Chris Capuano surrendered two runs on five hits in a three-plus innings for
Los Angeles, while A.J. Ellis hit a two-run homer.
Getting the call for Bochy's club will be Vogelsong, who is rounding into form
ahead of the playoffs.
Following a three-start span in which he allowed 16 runs over just 11 2/3
innings, Vogelsong has yielded only two runs in 12 innings of back-to-back
wins over the San Diego Padres.
The righty is coming off a road win on Friday as he held the Padres to an
unearned run on five hits and a walk in six innings, improving to 14-9 with a
3.46 earned run average in 30 starts this year.
"At this point I'm just trying to stay on a good roll here going into the
postseason," said Vogelsong.
The 35-year-old is 2-1 with a stellar 0.89 ERA in three meetings with the
Dodgers this season, allowing two earned runs in 20 1/3 innings. His lone loss
was a 4-0 decision on July 29 in which he gave up two runs -- one earned -- in
Though this game is meaningless for the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw still appears
in line to start tonight despite a left hip injury that has plagued him down
The left-hander showed no signs of that ailment last time out on Friday versus
the Colorado Rockies, picking up his first win since Aug. 25 by hurling eight
scoreless innings and scattering five hits and two walks while striking out
"I feel good," said Kershaw. "I was able to command the ball better tonight."
Kershaw, 24, is just 1-3 in four starts versus the Giants in 2012 despite a
1.74 ERA. He has given up six runs and fanned 32 in 31 innings against them.
San Francisco has won six of its last eight versus Los Angeles and leads the
season series 10-7.
10/03 10:21:14 ET