The last time the Dodgers faced San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, it didn’t end well. They lost 9-0 on Sept. 12 in San Francisco. Bumgarner won his 18th game of the season that day; today he’ll try to make it 19.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t say why he flipped Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner in the batting order Tuesday. Puig led off the Sept. 12 game; Turner is leading off today with Puig batting second.
“Because I felt like it,” Mattingly said, smiling.
The manager was a little more loquacious when he talked about Bumgarner and what makes him successful:
Mattingly also compared Bumgarner to several other left-handed pitchers who have had varying degrees in the major and minor leagues:
Bumgarner has allowed one run in his last 18 innings against the Dodgers. His 2.36 career earned-run average is his third-lowest against any opponent he’s faced more than once.
The Dodgers’ complete lineup:
CHICAGO >> The Dodgers are playing the San Francisco Giants tomorrow, in case you haven’t heard. It’s a three-game series and this is what the standings look like right now.
So, rivalry game in the final week of the season with first place in the division at stake. Perhaps not surprisingly, Don Mattingly didn’t have to explain this to the Dodger players.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed seven hits and two runs while walking one batter and striking out nine in eight innings Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
Things you learn by talking to people after a game: The Dodgers’ win over the Giants today might have depended on overcoming a misunderstanding.
You can read about that here; the box score is here.
Joc Pederson didn’t get into the game. In fact, he wasn’t even the left-hander chosen to pinch hit for Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning against right-hander Hunter Strickland — Andre Ethier was. Behind the scenes, he’s still adjusting to a new routine. You can read about that here.