Capuano, Dodgers Look To Avoid Home Sweep

"We'll try to get you more than one run of support tonight."

The Dodgers on Wednesday look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Giants, something that hasn't been done at Dodger Stadium since April 24-26, 2007.

The three starting pitchers for the Dodgers in that series have had a rough August 2012. Derek Lowe was released by the Indians on August 10, Randy Wolf was released by the Brewers today, and Brad Penny might have been headed for the same fate had he and his 6.86 ERA not been placed on the disabled list by these Giants on August 14.

The Dodgers have had 19 series of three games or more at Dodger Stadium this season, and 11 of them have gone into the final game with a chance for a sweep. The Dodgers have had six such opportunities and converted them all, and they have also staved off a sweep in three of the five opportunities for a sweep in Los Angeles by the road team.

Overall, the Dodgers have swept nine series of three games or more this season, and they have been swept four times.

Chris Capuano takes the mound for the Dodgers Wednesday, looking to avoid a fifth sweep and second by the Giants this season. Capuano has pitched at lease seven innings in each of his three August starts, and his 22 1/3 innings is his most in a three-game stretch this season.

Capuano has nine quality starts in 12 home starts this season, and he has a 2.17 ERA at Dodger Stadium on the year. This is his first start against the Giants this season.

Matt Cain has won each of his last two starts, allowing just three runs in 15 1/3 innings during that span. Cain has pitched seven innings or longer 13 times this season, and leads the National League with two shutouts, and he had one other game with nine scoreless innings that got him a no-decision. All three of those games of nine scoreless innings have come in San Francisco.

A pair of left-handers have had success against Cain in their careers. Andre Ethier is 24-for-50 with two doubles and a triple, hitting .480/.500/.560 against Cain in his career, and is 2-for-3 with a double this season. Ethier has still sitting on 29 doubles on August 5, one double shy of becoming the first Dodger in the 129-year history of the franchise with six consecutive seasons of 30 doubles or more.

James Loney is hitting .364/.429/.533 (16-for-44 with five doubles and a triple) against Cain with 11 RBI in 17 games, including 2-for-3 this season.

Tuesday night was just the second time this season the Dodgers have allowed more than three runs to the Giants, yet San Francisco is 6-5 in the season series. The Dodgers have yet to score two or three runs against the Giants this season, but in all six of their losses they have scored either one or zero runs. The Dodgers have scored 34 runs in their five wins over San Francisco.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: KCAL

MLB Gameday

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