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Dodgers vs. Giants: Hyun-jin Ryu vs. Matt Cain

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Six of the last nine series between the Dodgers and Giants have resulted in sweeps, including the last two.

Jason O. Watson

The Dodgers open a series against the Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park, with Hyun-jin Ryu starting the opener against Matt Cain.

Ryu has allowed 26 hits in 19 innings to the Giants in three starts, and San Francisco is hitting .338/.386/.390 against the left-hander. But these are slumping Giants, with nine losses in their last 10 games. Several Giants with good numbers against Ryu are currently ice cold:

  • Hunter Pence: 6-for-8, two doubles against Ryu; 2-for-25 in last seven games
  • Marco Scutaro: 4-for-10 against Ryu; 2-for-last-25
  • Pablo Sandoval: 3-for-8 against Ryu; 1-for-last-30
  • Buster Posey: 3-for-8 with a double and two walks against Ryu; 0-for-last-12
  • Gregor Blanco: 1-for-4 against Ryu; 0-for-last-22

The one Giants batter who has struggled both against Ryu and recently is shortstop Brandon Crawford, who is 0-for-8 against Ryu and 0-for-22 over his last seven games.

Matt Cain gets the call for the Giants, which usually means good things for Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier.

Gonzalez is hitting .317/.389/.603 (20-for-63) with four home runs against Cain. Gonzalez also has a home run in each of his last three games, two games short of the longest streak of his career. The last time Gonzalez had a longer streak of games with a home run was in 2011, when he homered in four straight games from May 10-14.

Ethier is hitting .444/.471/.571 (28-for-63) with one home run, including two singles in six at-bats in 2013. He is hitting .338/.402/.459 in his last 21 games.

Matt Kemp, who homered in each of his last two games, is hitting just .216/.259/.362 (11-for-51) against Cain in his career.

Hanley Ramirez, hitting .483 (28-for-58) with six home runs during his 15-game hitting streak, has hit .250/.325/.389 (9-for-36) against Cain in his career. Ramirez is one game shy of tying his career high, a 16-game hitting streak he had with the Marlins in August 2009.

Roster move

The Giants before the game optioned outfielder Juan Perez to Triple-A Fresno and purchased the contract of outfielder Cole Gillespie from Triple-A. To make room on the roster for Gillespie, San Francisco transferred outfielder Angel Pagan from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Game info

Time: 7:15 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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