(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants are coming off their first losing
homestand since last August, but are scheduled to get a boost for their
upcoming road trip.
Pablo Sandoval is expected to return to the lineup on Monday night when the
Giants kick off a three-game series with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
After beginning a seven-game stay in San Francisco by taking two of three from
the San Diego Padres, the Giants dropped three of four to the Miami Marlins,
failing to earn a split of the set with Sunday's 7-2 loss.
Matt Cain allowed three runs over six innings to put the Giants in an early
hole, though Hunter Pence hit a solo homer and Marco Scutaro also drove in a
run to pull San Francisco to within a run later in the contest. However, any
late-inning comeback ideas were dashed when Miami plated four runs in the top
of the ninth inning.
It marked the Giants' first losing homestand since they went 3-7 during a
residency from July 23-Aug. 2 of last year and they will now play 10 in a row
on the road. San Francisco is just 14-22 as the visiting club this season.
"There's no excuses," said Pence. "You just have to keep playing."
San Francisco will now play with third baseman Sandoval back in the mix. He
hit .289 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 57 games, but hasn't played since
June 8 due to a strained tendon in his left foot.
"It certainly should do something for the club," Giants manager Bruce Bochy to
his club's website. "We need a lift right now. He's a big presence in the
lineup and hopefully it will keep guys from trying to do too much."
Madison Bumgarner has been giving San Francisco's pitching staff a lift and he
aims for a fourth straight winning start tonight.
Bumgarner has logged consecutive seven-inning outings, striking out 18 in that
span. He helped the Giants blank the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on June 14 and then
held the Padres to a pair of runs on three hits in a 4-2 triumph on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old southpaw is 7-4 with a 3.25 earned run average in 15 starts
this season and blanked the Dodgers over eight innings on April 2 to capture a
win. Bumgarner scattered two hits and struck out six without a walk, retiring
18 in a row at one point and improving to 6-2 lifetime versus Los Angeles with
a 2.53 ERA in nine meetings (8 starts).
Hyun-Jin Ryu took the loss for the Dodgers in that meeting with Bumgarner and
looks to beat the Giants for the first time in three encounters tonight.
The 26-year-old was charged with only one earned run over 6 1/3 frames of that
home loss in early April, but was tagged for four runs on eight hits and two
walks over six frames of a setback in San Francisco on May 5.
Ryu has only one other loss this season, going 6-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 14
outings. He is winless in his past three outings, picking up a pair of no-
decisions ahead of a 6-4 setback at the New York Yankees on Wednesday. The
left-hander gave up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks over six
frames, leaving him without a win since a two-hit shutout of the Los Angeles
Angels on May 28.
Ryu will try to pitch the Dodgers to three straight wins for the first time
since April 5-7 and the club won the final two meetings of a four-game set
with the Padres this past weekend.
Los Angeles secured the split with Sunday's 3-1 win, getting ninth-inning
homers from Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez, who has 11 hits in his past 22
at-bats with three homers and seven RBI.
While the duo provided a late boost, it was starter Chris Capuano who supplied
early heroics. Pitching on just three days' rest after starting one game of a
doubleheader with the Yankees on Wednesday, Capuano held the Padres to four
hits over five scoreless frames.
"He's been great," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "He saved us today from
having to make a roster move and do all kinds of the stuff that you don't
necessarily want to do."
The Giants have won five straight and 11 of their past 15 versus the Dodgers.
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