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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 42,479
Giants carrying momentum into series with rival Dodgers
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
- The Dodgers have won five of nine matchups against the Giants this season. San Francisco has been held to five runs or fewer in all nine games, and has failed to score more than three runs in any of the last seven games between these teams.
- San Francisco's four-game win streak was snapped by a 5-3 loss against the Brewers on Sunday. The Giants, however, are 8-5 so far in June after having the NL's second-worst record in May at 10-16.
- The Dodgers won three of four games against the Cubs over the weekend to move to 28-8 (.778) at home this season. That mark is tied for the third-best 36-game start at home in franchise history, behind the 1899 Brooklyn Superbas (31-5) and the 1888 Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (29-7).
- Cody Bellinger has 87 career home runs in the midst of his third MLB season. The only left-handed batters all-time with more home runs than Bellinger in their first three MLB seasons are Eddie Mathews (112), Chuck Klein (94) and Ted Williams (91).
- The Giants are one of three teams in MLB this season without a player with double-digit home runs (Tigers and Marlins). San Francisco has scored just 36.5 percent of its runs via the home run this season, the third-lowest percentage in the majors (MLB average = 44.4 percent).
- In five starts at home this season, Kenta Maeda is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA -- Hyun-Jin Ryu went 5-0 with a 1.22 ERA in his first five home starts this season. The last pair of teammates to both start 5-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA through their first five home starts of the season were Scott Erickson and Jimmy Key of the 1997 Baltimore Orioles.
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The San Francisco Giants might be in last place in the National League West, but they have been making noise of late and certainly have the attention of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The West Coast rivals will meet for the fourth time this season when a four-game series starts Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers are 24 games over .500 this season, but their advantage over the Giants is a lot less dominating than it is over the rest of the league. The teams have played nine times, with the Giants winning four of them.
On Monday, the Giants will send right-hander Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.06 ERA) to the mound while the Dodgers will counter with right-hander Kenta Maeda (7-3 3.89).
Beede pitched Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, giving up four runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings. It was not a dominating outing, but he did strike out seven and start the Giants on the way to a 6-5 victory.
It ended up being the first of four consecutive victories for the Giants -- two against the Padres and two more against Milwaukee -- before the Brewers won the series finale at San Francisco on Sunday.
The Giants entered those series off two defeats in three games at home to the Dodgers, but competitive contests against the division leaders gave them some momentum.
"I think you look at it, it is a pretty good homestand," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We would have loved to finish it off (Sunday), and we could have. We had our chances. We took two series against two good teams. We bounced back off a tough series (against the Dodgers). So, better at home. It's what we've been looking for."
The Giants are now 15-21 at home with a 15-18 record on the road. The last time they played away from the Bay Area, they went 4-5 on a trip to Miami, Baltimore and New York against the Mets.
While Beede will be facing the Dodgers for the first time, Maeda is 4-3 lifetime against the Giants in 12 appearances (eight starts) with a 4.04 ERA.
The Dodgers will enter the matchup against the Giants off another four-game series. Los Angeles just went 3-1 at home against the Chicago Cubs, winning the finale Sunday with the help of a Cody Bellinger home run and a white-knuckle save from Kenley Jansen, his 21st. Bellinger's 23 home runs are tied for second in the majors.
Maeda last faced the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, when he struggled early. He gave up five runs on three hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings, but still retired the last seven batters he faced.
The last time he faced the Giants on April 29, he was coming off a poor outing when he gave up six runs to the Cubs. He turned around and held San Francisco scoreless over five innings.
At times, Maeda has credited improved slider mechanics for his success while the Dodgers continue to ask him to trust his fastball. His changeup, though, has been of some help, too.
"I started throwing my changeup around midway during the season last year, so I couldn't fully control the movement and which side of the plate I wanted it to go to," Maeda said through an interpreter, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. "This year I have more control over it, more conviction."
--Field Level Media
Updated June 17, 2019