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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 22, 2021
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 47,312

Giants' Anthony DeSclafani tries again to solve Dodgers

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

San Francisco Giants right-hander Anthony DeSclafani likely would have made his first All-Star team this season if not for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 31-year-old veteran is 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. He is 10-2 with a 1.78 ERA against all other opponents.

DeSclafani (10-4, 2.78 ERA) will get another chance to figure out the Dodgers when he takes the mound in the finale of a four-game series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

"They're definitely aggressive against me, no question," DeSclafani said after his last start against the Dodgers on June 28, when he gave up three runs on five hits over five innings in a 3-2 defeat.

DeSclafani will be up against fellow right-hander Walker Buehler, who was selected to the NL All-Star team after an impressive first half that included a 2-0 record and a 0.92 ERA in three starts against the Giants.

Buehler has been sharp against San Francisco throughout his career, owning a 6-0 mark and a 2.17 ERA in 10 career (eight starts).

Buehler (10-1, 2.37 ERA) started the second half much the way he cruised through the first, holding the Colorado Rockies to two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 9-2 win in Denver on Saturday.

Buehler retired the final 13 batters he faced, including six by strikeouts.

"There's an expectation for the guys that are in (the rotation) to go deep, and it's a focus of mine," Buehler said.

After the Giants won the series opener 7-2 on Monday, the past two games have been settled in dramatic fashion.

Will Smith hit a walk-off, three-run homer to lift the Dodgers to an 8-6 win on Tuesday, and Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning to lead the Giants to a 4-2 win on Wednesday.

The latest result moved the first-place Giants two games ahead of the second-place Dodgers in the NL West. San Francisco has been atop the division since May 31.

"We've got to find a way to salvage a series," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the loss on Wednesday.

Expect the Dodgers to continue being aggressive with their swings.

Chris Taylor socked three home runs in the past two games while hitting in the leadoff spot in place of Mookie Betts, who has been limited to one pinch-hit appearance in the past four contests because of a right hip pointer.

Taylor homered twice on Tuesday night before Smith delivered his walk-off blow.

Max Muncy and Justin Turner accounted for both Los Angeles runs on Monday night with back-to-back homers in the first inning.

Turner was not in the starting lineup Wednesday after getting hit in the left knee by a pitch the night before, but he pinch-hit in the ninth and flied out.

DeSclafani felt the sting of the long ball in his last outing against the Dodgers, who scored all three of their runs on solo homers by Betts, Muncy and Smith.

"They obviously put three really good swings on the ball, and it ended up going against me," DeSclafani said at the time. "But if you make good pitches, it can also lead to really quick outs."

In his career against Los Angeles, DeSclafani is 1-7 with a 6.32 ERA in nine starts.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 22, 2021

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