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Dodgers Hope For More Of The Same In Game Two

It was a raucous atmosphere in San Francisco last night, but the Dodgers were able to silence the frenzied crowd by taking the opening game of the series, 4-2.

Randy Wolf hopes to do some more silencing tonight, as he starts for the Dodgers.  Wolf is a good bet to pitch at least six innings, as he has done in each of his last eight starts.  Wolf has pitched six innings or more in 20 of 24 starts this season.  Wolf has faced the Giants just once this season, not surprisingly garnering a no-decision.  In that game, Wolf gave up three unearned runs in the first inning, but rebounded by retiring 16 of his final 18 batters, pitching six innings and keeping the Dodgers in a game they would eventually lose 5-4.

Joe Martinez, the 26-year old rookie who was hit in the head by a line drive in April, returned to the Giants last week, winning his first major league start, in Houston.  Martinez is a fastball/curve pitcher with excellent control (1.9 walks per nine innings in five years in the minor leagues), and was described by Baseball America as "a groundball machine."

Since the return of Manny Ramirez, the Dodger offense has hit .304/.375/.459 in 17 games on the road, averaging 5.32 runs per contest.

Nate Schierholtz is scheduled to come off the disabled list for the Giants today, and that will likely lead to less playing time for Randy Winn, and perhaps even Aaron Rowand.  From Andrew Baggarly of the Contra Costa Times:

Bochy wouldn't say for certain that Winn and center fielder Aaron Rowand would sit more often down the stretch. But he acknowledged that he would meet with both players before today's game.

"I'll sit down with them and talk about it," Bochy said. "We know it's going to be a challenge. We'll rotate this around, do the matchup thing. We all have one agenda, and that's to win."

Orlando Hudson is expected to sit out tonight's game with a groin injury.

Get your guesses in for "Just A Bit Outside" here.

Game Time:  7:15pm


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