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Clayton Kershaw, Giant Killer

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Clayton Kershaw has retired 47 of the last 56 Giants he has faced (a .161 OBP)
Clayton Kershaw has retired 47 of the last 56 Giants he has faced (a .161 OBP)

The Dodgers finish off their eight-game NL West road trip with three games at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Dodgers and Giants open tonight, with Clayton Kershaw facing Madison Bumgarner in a battle of southpaws. Kershaw has been great against the Giants in his career. For instance:

  • Facing the Giants in his career, Kershaw is 2-1 with a 1.23 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 44 innings over seven games (six starts)
  • Kershaw has allowed eight total runs (six earned) in six career starts against the Giants
  • Kershaw has allowed two runs in 17 innings at AT&T Park, with just one unintentional walk
  • Kershaw's only career complete game and shutout came in San Francisco last September
  • Kershaw has a personal scoreless innings streak of 17 against the Giants, dating back to last August 1
  • His second, third, and seventh-best game scores in his career have been against the Giants, including opening day (which was a 77 game score, his seventh best)

Bumgarner faced the Dodgers just once last year in his rookie season, and won that game (you might remember that game as James McDonald's final start as a Dodger). Bumgarner allowed two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Rafael Furcal homered off Bumgarner in that game, but Furcal is still battling a left wrist injury that makes it difficult for him to swing the bat. It is unknown whether or not Furcal will play tonight.

Game Time: 7:15 p.m.

TV: KCAL

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