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Ted Lilly takes the mound tonight in a position he has never been in, following a loss as a Dodger. The seven runs he gave up Sunday in Colorado were the most he had given up since giving up seven to the Dodgers on July 9. As a Dodger, Ted Lilly is 3-0 at home, allowing four runs in 22 innings, a 1.64 ERA, with two walks and 22 strikeouts.

The Giants counter with Matt Cain, who in his last start against the Dodgers got the monkey off his back, winning for the first time against LA in 15 career starts. In his last four starts at Dodger Stadium, dating back to 2008, Cain has allowed just four runs (three earned) in 24 2/3 innings, a 1.09 ERA.

The Dodgers are 20-14 when they start a left-handed pitcher this season, which are all starts by Lilly and Clayton Kershaw. The Giants are 19-17 against southpaw starters this season. San Francisco this season has hit .264/.334/.434 against lefties this season, compared to .257/.319/.385 against right-handers.

The Dodgers have hit a home run in 10 of their last 12 games, and during that span have 14 big flies. Before that stretch, the Dodgers had 14 home runs in 30 games, dating back to just after the All-Star break.

Last season, the Dodgers accomplished the rare feat of having eight players have 50 or more walks, and thanks to you readers Think Cure got over $1,000 in donations because of it. By September 5, seven players reached the plateau. But this season, the Dodgers don't have a single player yet with 50 walks. Jamey Carroll leads the way with 49 walks, and the Dodgers do have six players with 40 walks, but it's not quite last year. However, the walks haven't completely went away; they've just been spread around more players. Last season the Dodgers walked in 9.5% of their plate appearances, and this season they have walked in 8.9% of their PA. It's a decrease, but not quite a plummet.

Notes

  • Rod Barajas, who was hit on his left elbow by a pitch last night, is fine today. Joe Torre said he has full range of motion, and is in tonight's lineup, his fifth straight start
  • Torre said Matt Kemp and Ryan Theriot were out of the lineup tonight more because he just wanted to give Jay Gibbons and Jamey Carroll (at second base) a start
  • Hong-Chih Kuo is available tonight "if it makes sense to use him," per Torre. Kuo, who only threw 13 pitches last night, has been used on back-to-back days twice this year, and in each case he has only faced one batter in the second outing.
  • Vicente Padilla threw a bullpen session yesterday, and he is ready to make his scheduled start Monday night in San Diego.
  • The Dodgers added a fireworks night, during the last homestand of the season, on Friday, October 1 against after the game against Arizona. Fans are invited on the outfield grass after the game to watch the fireworks.

Lineups

Giants      Dodgers
CF Rowand
CF Podsednik    
2B Sanchez SS Furcal  
1B Huff RF Ethier
C Posey 1B Loney
RF Guillen 3B Blake
LF Ross
LF Gibbons
3B Uribe    
2B Carroll    
SS Renteria      
C Barajas
P Cain P Lilly    

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Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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