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Dodgers Look To End Shutout String In San Francisco

This reaction from A.J. Ellis pretty much sums up the Dodgers offense of late.
This reaction from A.J. Ellis pretty much sums up the Dodgers offense of late.

The Dodgers head into their road trip finale in San Francisco looking for one measly win. But perhaps baby steps are in order, and simply scoring a run against the Giants would be something to cherish.

The Dodgers have been shutout in two straight games and have been held scoreless for their last 21 innings, dating back to Sunday. Since 1918, the Dodgers have been shutout in three straight games five times.

Dodgers Getting Shutout Three Straight Times, Since 1918
Year Dates Shutouts Innings
1937 Jun 29-30 3 36
1962 Sep 29-Oct 1 3 35
1966 Oct 6-9 3 33
1966 Apr 23-25 3 30
2007 Aug 5-8 3 28

That October 1966 streak was during the World Series, as the Baltimore Orioles held the Dodgers scoreless in the final 33 innings of their four-game sweep of the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will try to score against Tim Lincecum, who has an eye-popping 6.07 ERA to go with his 2-8 record. Lincecum struck out eight in five innings at Dodger Stadium on May 9, but a patient Dodger team forced him to throw 101 pitches and eventually got to him for four runs in a 6-2 win. However, that seems like a lifetime ago.

The good news for the Dodgers is that they have never been shutout in seven starts against Tim Lincecum in San Francisco. But they have also never scored more than three runs in those games and have lost five of the seven games, winning twice last year when Clayton Kershaw had Lincecum's number.

Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, looking to rebound from blowing a 5-0 lead on Friday in Anaheim in a loss to the Angels. The Dodgers scored five runs in two innings on Friday night, but have scored six runs in 34 innings since.

A loss Wednesday means the Dodgers and Giants would be tied atop the National League West, and a 1-8 road trip. A win provides a small amount of breathing room. But first things first, let's see if the Dodgers can touch home plate at least once first.

Starting Lineups

SS Gordon (L)
RF Blanco (L)
2B Hairston
2B Theriot
RF Ethier (L)
LF Cabrera (S)
1B Rivera 1B Posey
LF Abreu (L)
CF Pagan (S)
C Ellis 3B Sandoval (S)
CF Gwynn (L) C Sanchez (S)
3B Uribe SS Crawford (L)
P Billingsley
P Lincecum

Game Time: 12:45 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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