The Dodgers climbed back into first place in the National League West with Saturday night's win over the Giants. Now they try to leave San Francisco with the same status, going for the sweep with Hyun-jin Ryu on the mound in the series finale on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
This is the eighth time the Dodgers have had an opportunity to sweep a three-game series this season. They are 3-4 in those situations, including 2-1 on the road.
The Dodgers on Sunday are trying for their first sweep of the Giants in San Francisco since July 27-29, 2012. In addition, a win on Sunday would give the Dodgers four straight wins at AT&T Park, their longest winning streak in San Francisco since winning 11 straight from Aug. 19, 2006 to July 15, 2007.
Ryu has faced the Giants twice this season, and the starts couldn't have been more different. He got bombed in the home opener, allowing eight run in all of two innings on April 4, then 13 days later pitched seven scoreless innings.
Ryu seeks to join rotation mates Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in winning his 12th game this weekend in San Francisco. Greinke and Kershaw are two of six players tied for the NL lead with 12 wins, and no trio in baseball has won more this season than the 35 wins by Greinke, Kershaw and Ryu.
But among those taking the mound on Sunday, Ryu takes a back seat to the newest Giant, acquired on Saturday. A pair of minor league pitchers were sent to Boston for Jake Peavy, and much will be made that the former Padres pitcher is 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 25 career starts against the Dodgers. But Peavy, now reunited with Bruce Bochy, his manager for the first five years of his career, has faced the Dodgers only once in the last five seasons.
That one start went spectacularly well for Peavy, a complete-game win at Dodger Stadium last Aug. 25, an 8-1 Red Sox victory.
But the Peavy the Dodgers will face is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts this season with 100 strikeouts and 46 walks in 124 innings. The right-hander has also allowed 20 home runs — tied for third-most in the majors, just one behind Dan Haren — and opposing hitters are batting .273/.337/.475 against Peavy this season.
Adrian Gonzalez, a teammate of Peavy in San Diego from 2006-09, is 4-for-11 (.364) with two home runs against his old friend, with all of their encounters coming between 2011-13. Since the All-Star break Gonzalez has reached base via hit or walk in all eight games, hitting .419 (13-for-31) with four doubles, a home run and eight RBI.
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