The Dodgers look to rebound from Tuesday's tough 12-inning loss, and perhaps a former Giants player can help on Wednesday night in San Francisco. Juan Uribe is off to a blazing start so far in 2014.
Uribe leads the majors with eight doubles and is tied for the lead with 22 hits. Uribe, who has played every inning so far this season at third base, has yet to walk but is hitting .379/.379/.621.
He was 3-for-5 with a home run and a double in Tuesday's series opener and has five extra-base hits in his last three games. Tuesday was Uribe's fifth three-hit game of the season, the most in the majors. Nobody else has more than three.
Uribe had seven games of three or more hits all of 2013, in 132 games, and just four combined in 2011-2012.
In 166 career games at AT&T Park, including 154 starts, Uribe is hitting .282/.327/.481 with 25 home runs and 84 RBI. He is 6-for-14 (.429) with a double and a triple against Ryan Vogelsong, starting the middle game of the series for San Francisco.
The Dodgers infield as a whole — talking all plate appearances while playing first base, second base, third base and shortstop here, excluding catchers — is hitting .317/.367/.554, a 149 OPS+, with 23 doubles and 10 home runs in 14 games this year.
In 2013 the infielders hit .271/.329/.404, a 106 OPS+, with 118 doubles and 65 home runs all season.
That offense will likely need more than two runs on Wednesday night, with Paul Maholm on the mound, making his first start in 11 days. Maholm lost to the Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 5, allowing five runs and two home runs in his 4⅓ innings, the big blow a three-run shot by Pablo Sandoval in the fifth.
Since that start, Maholm has allowed a two hits and run over two innings in a pair of games out of the bullpen, just the third and fourth relief appearances of his career.
The five Giants with the most plate appearances against Maholm — Hunter Pence, Angel Pagan, Sandoval, Mike Morse and Buster Posey — have hit a combined .313/.364/.574 against the southpaw with six home runs and 10 doubles in 129 career plate appearances.
The Dodgers have scored 14 runs on 23 hits and four walks in 14⅔ innings against Vogelsong in his last three starts against them, but the Giants have won all three games. After Tuesday's low-scoring squeaker, expect more of a high-scoring affair on Wednesday night at AT&T Park.
Time: 7:15 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA